NH_horsesFour New Hampshire Job Corps Center students turned their Friday into “Saddle-day” when they volunteered their time and love for animals at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Henniker, NH.

April is the month when hoses start shedding their winter coats so the facility needed a lot of help taming those wild manes. Ethan Heerboth, Geneva Parker, Shilynn Lake and Aniisa Preston were all too happy to help with the grooming. They spent a majority of their time learning the process and also meet with the facility’s on-site horse dentist.

Shilynn and Aniisa, aspiring veterinary technicians, saw the activity as a chore with a purpose. Both ladies have been learning medical skills and terminology in their Certified Medical Assistant classroom and completing a Work-Based Learning assignment at the Manchester Animal Shelter.

As the pet project drew to a close, all four students were covered in horse hair and mud but filled with a sense of accomplishment and unbridled enthusiasm for coming back. The Union Leader even recognized the students’ efforts its the Scene Setters section.

It looks like when it comes to volunteering with Back in the Saddle, the “neighs” have it.