Volunteering at the Charleston Animal Society

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Charleston, SC Animal Society
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A longtime educator, Ashley Hewitt of Mt. Pleasant, SC, has served as a teacher for Pendleton Elementary School and assistant director for Mt. Pleasant Academy’s after-school program. More recently, she worked as an accident and injury paralegal for George Sink, PA. A passionate animal lover, Ashley Hewitt loves being around a wide range of animals. She also donates blankets, bones, and food to the Charleston (SC) Animal Society.

Committed to preventing animal cruelty, the Charleston Animal Society has been in operation since 1874. Over that time, the organization has relied heavily on the support of donors and volunteers to help care for as many animals as possible. Volunteers with the Charleston Animal Society are responsible for fulfilling the needs of the shelter’s animals. This includes walking and socializing dogs, caring for kittens and cats, and providing post-surgical care after animals are spayed or neutered. Volunteers also play a large role in assisting with special events and adoptions at the shelter.

All Charleston Animal Society volunteers must be at least 18 years old. While the shelter does accept volunteers who need hours for military, college, or workplace community service requirements, it does not accept individuals who need court-ordered service hours. The shelter usually looks for volunteers who are available on a long-term basis. Most positions require additional training, but not all positions are available at all times, so volunteers may need to be on a waiting list. Volunteers complete an interview so the shelter can determine where they are most needed, and they are expected to attend a volunteer orientation before starting their work.


English vs Western Riding Styles


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Riding Styles
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Ashley Hewitt, a trained paralegal and accomplished educator in South Carolina (SC), pursues a variety of active hobbies. An equestrienne since childhood, Ashley Hewitt of SC enjoys both English and Western riding.

English and Western riding differ primarily in the tack, or equipment, that the rider uses. The Western saddle is heavier and larger, so as to provide stability as well as comfort over extended periods of riding. The size of the saddle helps to spread the rider’s weigh across the back of the horse, so that the rider can remain stable and secure as he or she rides over varied terrain.

The English saddle, by contrast, is designed to interfere as little as possible with the horse’s movements. Small and built to be as light as possible, it allows the rider to feel the horse through the seat. This in turn enables the rider to communicate desired speed and direction through movements of his or her lower body.

The reins of an English rider also provide more contact and communication with the horse. Unlike a Western rider, who primarily uses weight as well as neck-reining to direct the animal, the English rider uses the reins as a means of signaling the horse.

Despite their differences, however, both styles of riding require an upright posture and the ability to move in harmony with the horse. Arms and legs should be relaxed, and the rider must remember to keep control at all times.