Horse Lovers Who Give Us a Hand

Jordan Litten

Jordan is married, has two young boys and works at Applebee’s, yet she finds time to help us take care of our horses. 


Jordan’s love of horses goes back to her high school days when she owned a horse and participated in 4-H.


She particularly liked Aladdin, the horse with her in the picture.  She always spent time with him after our daily cleanup chores. And Aladdin needed someone like Jordan. 


Aladdin came from a background of what might be called benign neglect. He was overfed and under disciplined. He didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to push into or walk over people. He wasn’t mean. He just didn’t know what was acceptable.


Jordan helped him find his boundaries by grooming and giving him attention, and playing with him while asking him to respond to gentle pressure and do what was asked of him. 


Aladdin got a new lease on life and is now living comfortably in a new home with people who appreciate his good behavior. 

 

Sharon Hampton

Sharon was nine-years-old when she had her best Christmas ever. That was the Christmas the horse trailer showed up and brought her a horse.


Sharon enjoyed her horse for eight years. She moved on in life and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, which led to a career doing research on ornamental grasses and plant breeding.


She ended her professional life working for a company in Ventura, Ca. She found her way to Sequim about a year and a half ago, and now lives just up the road from OPEN’s barn and pasture. 


“I took one good sniff and knew I was home again,” she said. “I come down here to be with the horses and help.”


Sharon is easy going, smiles a lot and is quick to laugh, an attitude that probably has something to do with being home again.  

Claudia Carter

Claudia has never found much satisfaction in scooping manure, but she has done more than her share. It started when she was a youngster growing up on a family farm in Colorado, where taking care of animals and cleaning up after them was part of everyday life.  


Claudia will tell you there is an upside to this work that some people might overlook.  If a little scooping is all that is required to get near a horse, Claudia will be there with her rake. 


“Naturally growing up on a farm meant we had lots of animals, and we had horses,” Claudia said. Our community had about 600 people. There wasn’t much to do, but we could do a lot of riding and we did.” 


Living in Sequim doesn’t give Claudia much chance for riding. But OPEN does give her a chance to scoop, and when she finishes the scooping, it’s time for the horses…time to enjoy the company of horses, take care of them, just like back on the farm.