Michele Ryan has lunch once a month at a dusty, makeshift restaurant with dining companions who have little understanding of table manners.
She wouldn't have it any other way.
Ryan, who owns two horses at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, is among the regulars every second Saturday at Have Lunch with Your Horse Day. The fundraiser, hosted by the nonprofit Red Bucket Equine Rescue, invites owners and other members of the public to share box lunches with hungry equines.
"It's a unique environment for most people because if you're sitting in a stall with your horse or sitting outside your horse's stall, there's elements to the experience that are not what you expect at a restaurant," Ryan said. "There's dust and hay flying in the air if there's any kind of breeze. There are probably a few flies buzzing."
Two years ago, Red Bucket's volunteer staff came up with Have Lunch with Your Horse Day as a way to raise funds for horse feed. On a typical Saturday, about 50 people come to visit their own horses or others rescued by the nonprofit, President Susan Peirce said.