- Kendall's Mom
In the words of Beryl Markham, “A lovely horse is always an experience… It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words.” My work with LifeStriders has forever impacted my life. Horses have always been a large part of my life. My uncle owns a large Clydesdale horse farm in Wisconsin. As a volunteer at LifeStriders, I have the opportunity to work with children and help them develop the same relationship I have with horses. It is absolutely amazing to watch the riders improve and develop each week. There truly is a sort of magic about working with horses. Sharon Ralls Lemon once said, “The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.” LifeStriders has allowed me to re-experience the wonderful relationship between horse and rider, while helping disabled children have a brief escape from reality and experience the sense of freedom and strength woven in with the experience of riding a horse. LifeStriders helps its riders obtain a sense of freedom, power, and control. It is a nameless magic. My work with LifeStriders has been incredibly meaningful to me. I have had the opportunity to help our riders experience the freedom of riding and develop an everlasting relationship with horses. I would not change it for anything.
- Rachel Keith