Hello, my name is Karen Bond. I am *^ years old and have been around horses
most of my life. I have been volunteering at Fire Horse Farm for a little over 2 years.
I was born and lived in Houston, Texas until I was 30yrs old when my husband J.L. and I moved to northeast Texas. During my Houston years I raised
my only child Clayton, who had Cystic Fibrosis, and we struggled to keep him alive for 8 years. Although we lost that struggle, his illness and death
have given me an insight into what families and people who struggle with handicaps live with.
I take great pleasure in equine therapy; my horses (along with a wonderful and understanding husband) were instrumental in my grieving and healing
process. Riding has also given me much relief from the pain of a fairly severe case of scoliosis and a congenital birth defect of the pelvis.
It is a real thrill to be able to share my horsemanship experiences with our handicapped students and families. Watching our students gain physical
strength as they master one horsemanship skill after another is the most rewarding volunteer work I have ever done.
I am in the process of taking the certified instructors course and will be certified in early 2011. I look forward to actually teaching and using the therapy
skills I am learning to further the riding skills of all our wonderful students.