Therapeutic Riding Ring Volunteer - Experienced Horse Handler

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Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, Inc.

  • 21 people are interested

Volunteers in this position work directly in the arena, with our riders and therapeutic riding horses. Horse Handlers must have a strong horse background and be comfortable with leading different types of horses (on lead) and recognizing horse behavior. They are the first line of communication between our horses, instructors, and riders in the arena. Qualified candidates can read and understand horse behaviors in order to keep our riders safe. Horse Handlers need to be physically capable enough to do a combination of walking and jogging on uneven, sandy terrain (arena sand) for 1 hour/per lesson.

As a horse handler, you’ll have the ability to join a team that brings the love and benefits of horsemanship to rider in need. We pride ourselves on helping riders develop long-lasting, meaningful relationships with their horses and discovering the therapeutic benefits of horse interactions, both in and out of the saddle.

We currently have schedule openings midday on Wednesday & Thursday, AND Friday afternoon & evening.

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About Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, Inc.


6919 Keystone Rd, Richmond, IL 60071, US

Mission Statement

To encourage, enrich and empower individuals through the therapeutic benefits of horses, animals and nature in an uplifting and nurturing setting. Main Stay is a place where bodies are challenged, minds embrace possibilities, and spirits are renewed.


Founded in 1987, Main Stay partners with horses along with other animals and nature to provide therapeutic horsemanship and riding, equine and animal-assisted learning, and adaptive gardening programs. Through its programs and with the assistance of more than 125 weekly volunteers, Main Stay annually serves 300 individuals, from ages 3 to 93, with physical, developmental, cognitive, social and behavioral challenges. In addition, Main Stay collaborates with and offers programs to a number of other agencies such as Family Alliance, One Hope United, Lake County Mental Health Department, Allendale, Pioneer Center and several school districts.


We'll work with your schedule.


6919 Keystone RdRichmond, IL 60071



  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Youth Services
  • Family Therapy




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 13
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour per week or more

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