Internship Details

I'm about two weeks into my internship at Hope Haven, and so far I'm really enjoying it. The have me working on a lot of different projects at the same time, which is actually really fun. My favorite project at the moment is modifying an existing project that records how much weight riders put in each of their stirrups. 

 Just testing out a new idea for the project

Just testing out a new idea for the project

I'm also going to a couple of Hope Haven's lessons each week in order to better understand how their programs work, and what their needs are. Today I even rode a horse that they're hoping to train as a backup therapy horse in a lesson to help get him used to being lead with a rider.

 

I also get to incorporate my internship into my visits with Heyleigh. I had some fun last week sticking washi tape to her back and taking slow motion video of how the different points on her back move up and down. There are some equine motion simulators at Hope Haven that I'll be working on at some point, and I'm hoping to have a better understanding of how the different points of her back move when she walks.

 Suprisingly, Heyleigh was actually pretty okay with this

Suprisingly, Heyleigh was actually pretty okay with this

I'll be working at Hope Haven for the rest of the summer, and I'm very excited about what else I'll have the oportunity to work on.