Horse Care, Barn Chores - MUST Have Horse Experience
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Searching for superstar volunteer(s) who have ample horse experience. Equine Specialist at SRoL needs help with basic barn chores during the 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.
Duties for the Herd include:
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 (one is a newborn baby). 6 stalls (4 with shavings and 2 on straw).
Shift times and needs are dependent upon the seasons (summer nights and winter days) and when the horses are either inside or outside. Asking for local horse volunteers to give 1, or possibly 2 shifts per week which average about 2.5 hours. We are looking to have 2 people per shift filling in coverage for each day of the week.
Barn volunteers are taught the patterns, the tools and the specific chores needed in the SRoL barn. How stalls are done, seaonal needs based on the horses and weather, and other care related need that may arise. 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 and safety measures.
WINTER Daytime (October through April):
Barn Help is Needed during Daytime as the horses are inside the barn at night and turnout time (weather permitting) is during the day. Stalls and the barn care is done in the morning and midday. Due to daytime schedules this start time is flexible. We aim to find sets of 2 volunteers who can arrive around the same time each day in order to complete the barn chores in a 2 hour shift. We are willing to work with the schedules of great barn volunteers in order to retain that help.
There is also a shorter winter shift available to bring horses back inside. When the horses are outside during the daytime this would be at dusk (ranging from 430pm to 6pm). Horses are brought inside, checked over, feet picked out, blankets checked, fed dinner, water buckets filled, evening stall pick and done.
As of October 16, 2018 the Winter 2018/2019 schedule is looking like this:
Mondays & Tuesdays: 1130a-130p
Thursdays: still tbd
SUMMER Nights (May through October):
Barn Help is Needed at Nighttime as the horses are inside the barn during the day and in turnout overnight. Shifts are needed each evening/night of the week. Average timing: 730-930pm (some flexibility on times)
There is also a shorter summer morning shift available to bring horses back inside. When the horses are outside overnight this would be from 8-9am. Horses are brought inside, fly gear removed, checked over, fed breakfast, fill water buckets, complete 1st stall pick. Time permitting or allowing helping to prepare paddocks for night turnout, and/or arenas for clients.
VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS COUNT:
All service hour and honor volunteer hours are granted at SRoL and we will verify/validate all for those who come here and give their heart and hard work to the Herd that heals.
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 and a bit OCD this will be a fit. :)
We'll work with your schedule.
Hunt Cap Farms401 Main StreetThree Bridges, NJ 08887
- Animal Care / Handling
- Must be at least 18
- 1 or 2 days a week for approximately 2 to 3 hours
- horse experience, attention to details