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Volunteer work in equine assisted therapy for children with disabilities.

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ORGANIZATION: Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 395 people are interested

Thank you for your interest in our program!


Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center is a labor of love. Volunteers have logged over 10,000 hours since the program's inception. Volunteers:

  • work with students in the day to day program
  • care for the horses
  • manage and run fundraisers
  • landscape and repair the facility
  • serve on the board of directors
What does a volunteer do? Most of our volunteers help out with lessons. Typically, as an instructor teaches the lesson, one volunteer may lead the horse, while one or two volunteers walk alongside. Some volunteers groom and prepare the horses for lessons.

If I were to volunteer, how much time would it take?
It takes three to four hours per session. Our sessions run Monday thru Thursday from 2:15 to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:15 am to 11:45. We ask that you commit to one day a week, however, we do understand that other things come up and you will not be able to make each session. All we ask is that you inform us if you are not able to make it so we can be sure and have enough people to assist.

Do I need to know about horses?
It's helpful, but not necessary. You can learn as you go - it's a great way to learn horsemanship. If you have experience with horses, we'll need to introduce you to the special techniques of therapeutic riding. Read our handbook to learn more.

If I don't want to work with the horses, is there anything else I could do?
Yes, there are other opportunities. Right now, we need help with fundraising and event planning. We also would love some help with landscaping and property maintenance.

More opportunities with Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center


60 Don Gabriel Way, P.O. Box 16, Orinda, CA 94563, US

Mission Statement

Xenophon's mission is to provide a high quality program of therapeutic horseback riding and related activities to disabled children. By providing a safe and stimulating environment, Xenophon seeks to enrich the lives of our students by improving their physical and mental ability, increasing their confidence, and enhancing their self esteem .


Xenophon provides private lessons to 58 students each week. Students come once a week for a 1/2 hour lesson. Volunteers assist with preparation of the lessons and horses (no horse experience is necessary), assist in the lessons as sidewalkers or leaders. The movement of the horse mimics a humans, so children that have physical disabilites are able to strengthen their core muscles and improve their balance in a fun, safe environment. Children with mental disabilites are challenged in other ways on the horse by a lesson specifically prepared for them by their instructor.


Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Animals, Children & Youth, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


60 Don Gabriel WayOrinda, CA 94563



  • Physical Therapy
  • Equestrian
  • Animal Therapy
  • Child Development
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours a week
  • Responsible, punctual, friendly, happy, and enthusiastic qualities for volunteering.

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