I still live in the area where I was born and raised, in north eastern PA. I'm married, with two step-children and 5 grandchildren. I love animals and was blessed with a husband who does, too. We have a dog and 9 fish (8 that we saved from someone who wanted to do away with them.) Thanks to Barbaro I've discovered the absolute joy - and sometimes heart-break - of falling in love with horses.
My love for Barbaro lead me to volunteer as an assistant feeder at an equine rescue about 20 miles from my home. I can't tell you the happiness and comfort I get from being with these wonderful horses! Even mucking horse poop isn't work; it's exercise with my buddies nearby. I talk to them in their stalls as I push my wheelbarrow loaded with manure (which I've nick-named my "Cadillac Poop DeVille").
I'm taking a Level One Horsemanship course given by the rescue, where they use the Parelli method of natural training. I love grooming and walking the horses, but I'm still a little clumsy at picking hooves. Especially when flies are bothering the horses. I've become comfortable in the saddle, and I look forward to a long relationship with my equine pals.
I usually post under General or Horse Racing on the discussion board. I'm now helping keep statistics on breakdowns at tracks; in the hopes that the recommendations of racing's Welfare and Safety Summit get implemented. I love horse racing (thanks again to Barbaro), but there needs to be positive changes to better protect the horses and jockeys. I attended the Barbaro Celebration at Delaware Park, and had a fantastic time. I'm looking forward to the Barbaro Stakes get-together in 2008.
Other FOBs you have developed a network with through your activities.