GAIT TRC strives to promote independence and self-confidence for people with special needs through the use of adaptive riding and horsemanship skills. Volunteers are essential to the success of GAIT’s programs and to enriching the lives of participants.
GAIT depends on its volunteers to not only help run a safe and successful program, but also to foster the bonds between horse and rider for their therapeutic benefit. Volunteers assist PATH Intl. Certified Instructors during therapeutic riding classes and act as a member of a team with the horse and rider to help achieve their goals.
GAIT’s most popular program, Therapeutic Riding, runs from Jan- Nov and relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers to ensure a safe, fun, and educational experience for the riders involved.
Volunteers tend to work in outdoor conditions for extended periods of time, work with large animals, and work with individuals with a wide range of special needs. TR classes are typically scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.
¨ Sidewalking with a rider during lessons (*restricted due to COVID-19 protocols)
¨ Training to become a Horse Handler/ Groomer
¨ Off-horse Activities Program
¨ Fundraising and Special Events (*restricted due to COVID-19 protocols)
¨ Volunteer "Barn Day"
¨ Gardening/ Landscaping/ Facility Repairs
Get Involved- Volunteer Requirements
Experience with horses and/or working with people with special needs is appreciated but not necessary, as training is provided.
¨ Volunteers must be 12 years of age or older
¨ Complete and sign the Volunteer Application (available on GAIT’s website www.gaittrc.org/volunteer)
¨ Obtain necessary background checks prior to attending volunteer training, per PA Law (Child Abuse Clearance, PA State Criminal Background Check, and FBI fingerprinting)
¨ Attend GAIT’s Safety and Orientation Training
For more information about GAIT TRC, please visit our website at www.gaittrc.org, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 570-409-1140.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
314 Foster Hill Rd., MILFORD, PA 18337, US
To improve the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine activities and therapies, resulting in a more independent life in society.
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and PATH Intl' Premier Accredited Center in Milford, PA. Since 1995, GAIT TRC has provided equine activities and therapies for children, teens, and adults with special needs within the tri-state area. The horses utilized in these programs have been specially trained and carefully selected for their temperament, soundness, and equilateral movement. All equine sessions are conducted by PATH Intl' Certified Instructors, Equine Specialists, licensed therapists, credentialed mental health professionals, and trained volunteers.
GAIT TRC's year round therapeutic services include Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Hippotherapy, and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Other services offered include Vocational Training, Horses 4 Heroes, Community Service, Volunteer Opportunities, and Internship Programs.
Educational opportunities include internships, mentoring for Instructors in Training, Registered PATH Intl' On-Site Workshop and Certification (OSWC), and PATH Intl' Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Skills Test (ESMHL).
People with Disabilities
Sports & Recreation
We'll work with your schedule.
314 Foster Hill Rd.Milford, PA18337
March 1, 2021
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Must be at least 12
Orientation or Training
Typically 1-2 hrs on weekday evenings and Sat mornings
Wear long pants and sneakers/ boots (no steel toe). Dress appropriately for outdoor weather.