Posted on Oct 15, 2014
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
Volunteering at the Gentle Barn has been one of the best and most rewarding decisions of my life. When I started 3 years ago as a volunteer horse groomer, Ellie patiently taught me how to pamper their amazing horses with a calming, gentle touch. As the horses began to honor me with their trust, bonds were formed that were literally life changing. It’s a powerful, magical feeling to connect with a horse. Any morning I am lucky enough to spend with the horses is the best! Their gentle strength and beauty leave me with a happy, peaceful feeling all day. Enjoying the experience with awesome horse manager Manuel, lovable dog Luna, and wonderful volunteers John, Linda and Elyse is a great plus too! I dearly love every horse and donkey at the barn, but Monty was the first horse I bonded with and he will always be my special boy! My goal in volunteering was to give, but there is no doubt that I GET more than I give! I am so grateful to Ellie and Jay for allowing me this opportunity!