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"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened" Anatole France

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that was (and is) me!  Horseback riding was a big part of my life from the age of 12-15.  I rode English at a stable where I also did a little bit of competing.  I also rode English at a local farm where we did a lot of trail riding.  Then I moved out of the area and grew up and had kids of my own.  I stepped back from the horse life for about 20 years.

Then one day the bug hit again as I started volunteering at a horse rescue in Menifee, CA.  After a few years, I ended up moving to Middletown, DE where, I started volunteering at The Center for Therapeutic and Educational Riding (now called The Center at C-Line) in Townsend, DE.  A year or so later I began teaching therapeutic riding to people with autism. 

It was at that point I decided I wanted to own my own horse and had wistful dreams of one day having a property where I could keep a horse and walk out my front door to see them whenever I wanted.

A few years later we moved to Elkton, MD, where my husband and I obtained a larger property (not large enough to have a horse, but large enough to have some kind of farm animals).  I started volunteering and leading trail rides at Fairhill Stables.  The stables closed in the fall of 2019 and my dream of owning my own horse became a reality.  I purchased one of the Fairhill Stable horses (Rio) and moved him to a barn close to home.

It was thru this new barn that I met and fell in love with all kinds of farm animals (mini horses, pigs, goats and chickens).  And it was thru this barn that I met and took possession of all the animals available for you to meet and interact with at Lil' Barnette.

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