CAROLYNE: Most of the children are involved with…they learn how to muck a stall, how to clean out the stall, how to groom a horse, how to tack up a horse, they’ll take riding lessons - little by little.
CAROLYNE: The stables here themselves, are like an escape from the city, from the everyday life. You come down here and it’s a place for you to get back to nature.
WOMAN 1: Well, I’ve been riding for about fifteen years and I found this piece of heaven about five years ago.
WOMAN 2: You know, you get to that point in your life, you want to do some of those things that you didn’t get a chance to do. So about two years ago I decided that I’m gonna pursue the horse thing.
CAROLYNE: I just had a love for animals, but horses especially. I mean, there’s just a special bond between horses.
CAROLYNE: Well, I’ve been riding since I was seven years old and it’s something that I know that I have been interested in from childhood to adulthood and it’s something that I’ve stuck with and that’s something that makes me very proud.
OLD MAN: What we try to do is work with children and get them familiar with horses.
YOUNG BOY: I like running, galloping.
YOUNG BOY: Feel good and it feel exciting to my life.
YOUNG BOY: I have a connection with him. I’m a part of him, too.
WOMAN 2: They’re just like human beings, they get scared, they shiver, they’re cold, they get heated up, they sweat.
CAROLYNE: These are children from the neighborhood, children as far as Brooklyn. Some come from the Bronx. Coming down and connecting with a horse, they’re connecting with nature and they’re learning about a different way of life, they’re learning about a different animal that they’re not really used to seeing. And it’s just - it’s enriching.
WOMAN 1: It’s so hard to put into words, it’s something in here that you can’t put into words. It’s just a real good feeling. It just makes me feel like I’m closer to a higher spirit.