Equine first-aid instructor Amanda Preston revisited the grounds that sparked her love for horses on Saturday.
© Herald photo by Alex Di Pietro
Equine first-aid certification instructor Amanda Preston tends to one of the horses at Saturdayâs equine first-aid clinic at the Red River Roping and Riding Club.
The Prince Albert native, who now resides in Edmonton, was honoured to provide a dayâs worth of equine first-aid training and donate $200 to the Red River Roping and Riding Clubâs 4-H group.
âThere were people in this community who would let me brush their horse, let me ride their horse... There were instructors who taught lessons â people who gave me their time freely expecting nothing back,â Preston said.
âAnd 16 years later, I own a breeding stallion, Iâve ridden upper-level dressage with international riders, I have a resume and it started because of the kindness and generosity of these people,â she added.
Ten per cent of proceeds from the course was factored into Prestonâs donation.
Preston received her equine first-aid certification just last August, though she has already certified nearly 100 people.
âI run a clinic just about every second weekend,â she said, noting the importance of equine first-aid training. âHorses are expensive enough and not just on the pocket book. Theyâre very expensive on our emotions, on our hearts.
âThe idea (of this course) is to take care of your horse in an emergency situation and be able to aid the veterinariansâ efforts in treating your horse,â Preston continued. âWe canât replace a veterinarian but we can better prepare them to treat our animals and be able to care of minor injuries with our animals as well.â
The demographic for Saturdayâs clinic consisted mostly of adults.
âWeâve had old cowboys who have been raised on the back of a horse 40 years in the saddle come into clinics,â Preston said. âWe have people who donât own horses, who have never owned horses. But itâs their spouse, their child, somebody in their family is involved or wants to become involved in horses.â
Former president of the Red River Roping and Riding Co-operative Loretta Hrenyk said Prestonâs visit was informative since a lot of the clubâs members are not familiar with equine first aid.
âHaving Amanda travelling all the way that she did and teaching us what she did and then giving a donation back to us, is, to me, absolutely incredible,â Hrenyk said. âAll of us here will be able to take this knowledge back and share it with others.â
Hrenyk highlighted the usefulness of knowing the techniques for cleaning and bandaging a horseâs wound.
âItâs very tricky with horses to keep bandages on them,â she said. âWhen youâre on the farm, sometimes youâre miles and miles away from your vet, and youâve got to do something before you can get them to that secondary care ... If you own a horse, you will use this knowledge without a doubt.â
The Red River Roping and Riding Club is a non-profit co-operative that is run and maintained by its members.