If the thought of working with children and adults with disabilities, and military veterans, gets you chomping at the bit (pun intended), then becoming a side-walker or lesson horse leader at San Diego Therapeutic Horsemanship may be the volunteer opportunity for you.
No two days at the ranch are the same, but the average volunteering session includes grooming and tacking horses, providing on ground and in-saddle assistance to both the instructor and participants, setting up the arena, and being able to control a horse in the moment and in an emergency situation.
We ask that volunteers are capable of lifting 25lbs routinely and are able to walk, with the occasional jog, for 45 minutes without assistance in a sand arena.
- We ask that our volunteers commit to two sequential sessions for a total of 13 weeks of which 10 will be the program, 2 will be training, and 1 week will be off.
- Each volunteer shift will be a maximum of 3 ½ hours.
- Veteran Care
- Child Development
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 3.5 hour a week for 13 weeks