We are searching for superstar volunteers who have ample horse experience to assist our Equine Specialist with basic barn chores during the week, one or two approximately 2.5 hour shift(s) a week. If you enjoy taking care of horses, we invite you to come and help care for a very special small herd of horses (and 3 donkeys) who change and save lives for a living.
Taking GREAT care of the herd of 4 legged therapists who save lives and help trauma survivors heal.
This includes feeding, grooming, filling water buckets, tubs, hay bags, stall cleaning, sweeping, stall picking, turnout/bringing inside. Cleaning manure/hay from drylot, indoor/outdoor arenas, and smaller paddocks.
The herd includes 4 horses, 3 donkeys. 7 stalls on shavings.
Barn volunteers are taught the patterns, the tools and the specific chores needed in the SRoL barn. Shifts are scheduled and set up on a case by case basis and all volunteers on a trial run in the beginning to determine fit.
WINTER Daytime (November through April):
Shifts are during the day as the horses are inside the barn at night and turnout (weather permitting) is during the day. Stall and barn care is done in the late morning/ midday. The start time is flexible.
There is also a shorter winter shift available to bring horses back inside at dusk (approx. 5:00 pm). Horses are brought inside, checked over, feet picked out, blankets checked, fed dinner, water buckets filled, evening stall pick and done.
SUMMER Nights (May through October):
Shifts are in the evening (approx. 7:30pm - 9:30pm) as the horses are inside the barn during the day and in turnout overnight.
There is also a shorter morning shift (8am - 9am) to bring horses back inside. Horses are brought inside, fly gear removed, checked over, fed breakfast, fill water buckets, complete 1st stall pick. If time permits, prepare paddocks for night turnout, and/or arenas for clients.
Because of the AMAZING work these horses do and the miracles they set forth, we are picky about their care. If you are detail-oriented, this will be a fit. :)
VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS COUNT:
We will verify/validate service hours for those who come here and give their heart and hard work to the herd that heals.
About Spring Reins of Life - Horses, Humans & Healing
c/o: Hunt Cap Farms, 401 Main Street, Three Bridges, NJ 08887, US
Spring Reins of Life (Horses, Humans & Healing)'s MISSION is to provide a safe, healing and empowered path to peace, positive growth and self-guided recovery with the assistance of Horses as our guides for trauma survivors who do not want to, refuse to, or simply cannot "talk about it". We serve combat veterans, at risk teens & young bereaved children in New Jersey.
Spring Reins of Life (SRoL) is a non-profit 501c3 organization. We are an EAGALA Model program offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which incorporates the use of horses for therapeutic intervention toward promoting emotional growth and healing. We do not offer any riding or mounted work in our program. While there are many benefits to horseback riding, the EAGALA model is a solution focused base that enhances the emotional benefits of behavioral rehearsal and experiential component that is displayed when observing the horses in free will interacting with clients. The core populations that we serve are combat veterans, at risk/high risk teens & young children with grief.
Animal assisted therapy with horses combines the positive emotional effects gained from the human/horse bond with opportunities to challenge and explore one's thoughts and internal struggles during activities with an equine partner. It is a therapeutic intervention that defeats the stigma often associated with traditional counseling, but more importantly, it is an intervention that works.
***Visitors and Volunteers Welcome! We do have a strict policy of keeping all visits to a scheduled appointment or meeting time. No walk-ins are allowed, this is for your safety, the safety of the horses and the farm. Thank you for understanding.
We'll work with your schedule.
Hunt Cap Farms401 Main StreetThree Bridges, NJ08887