On the outside Bambi looks like your regular ol’ sorrel horse. She’s plain brown with a white blaze on her face and her eyes don’t have the stunning blue ice color. There’s nothing “flashy” about her. But to those who know her at the Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center, she will be selected out of the herd first every time.
We call Bambi our “rockstar.” Her curious brown eyes light up when she hears the crinkle of a treat bag, and she makes the children giggle. Her pace slows for the children that are new to riding or feeling uneasy about being on a creature significantly larger than them. Bambi stands patiently while the motorized lift places a student on her back and lends her legs to those who don’t have use of their own.
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She had unmeasurable patience with me as I trained on her for my test to become a certified instructor. This horse has been a literal lifesaver for so many children and adults and will always be our “go-to”. Her unique and special characteristics stand out among an arena of flashy horses. Those that know her will choose her every time.
It’s hard to distill Bambi’s amazing qualities into a few words, but she deserves recognition for her amazing beauty, impeccable ability to perform her job and exceed expectations.
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