Although I still have many Greek doors waiting in my photo library for their turn in the spotlight, I’m taking a detour today.
The doors I’m featuring in this post may be rather simple and unremarkable, but the place where they are located is not. That place is Awesome Acres.
Awesome Acres is a horse farm owned by a friend, and former work colleague, I’ve known for 20 years. Recently I went to visit her and see the newest additions to her farm – 2 miniature horses. The friendly little mares join the 4 regal Freisians Cathy already had in her stable.
Since her retirement a number of years ago, Cathy has taken her love of horses and developed it into a not-for-profit business providing therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities.
Awesome Acres is an accredited centre with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association.
Therapeutic riding provides many benefits, including development of balance and coordination, improving muscle strength and concentration, and helping to build self-confidence and a sense of achievement …. not to mention that some people just find it easier to connect with an animal than with another human being.
The last year had been a rough one for Cathy – losing 2 of her horses, including her much-loved miniature, Gilligan. He was popular, particularly among the children, providing rides in a little cart he would pull around the large paddock.
Adding the 2 new mares to her stable has been a huge boost for her, although Gilligan’s name still graces the door of the stall.
I could fill this post with endless photos of Cathy’s very friendly and photogenic horses …
… but this post is supposed to be about doors, so I’ll end with the stable entrance – intended for humans.
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