I’ve never stepped foot on a real farm before. Sure, I’ve gone on the horse trail rides and have watched reality television shows where they send troubled youth to do back breaking work on a ranch, but neither of these prepared me for the work associated with a farm.
No, I’m not a juvenile delinquent that has to complete community service, but I was curious about the country lifestyle and what it felt like to get your hands dirty doing good, solid work. I will be the first to tell you: I love it! I’ve learned that tennis shoes are useless in terms of protecting one’s feet from the mud and hay. Clothes are the same; they are soon disguised in a thin layer of dust, dirt, sheep and horse hair. I have begun to keep my farm clothes in a WalMart bag in the trunk of my car so they only have to make an appearance once a week. I go every Friday afternoon and it’s something I look forward to.
If you’re looking for a similar experience, White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue is a wonderful place to volunteer. All of the horses are rescues and need special medical attention.However, I will warn that volunteering on a farm shouldn’t just be a one time occasion. In order to fully enjoy your experience, it benefits to learn the schedule of the farm, how to help feed the horses and complete other duties that are essential to everyday life. On my second day, I had the privilege of painting one of my barns intended for blind ponies. Paint was a part of my hairstyle for the next few days or so, but it was well worth it.