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NCEFT provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy that utilizes equine movement as part of the plan of treatment, adaptive riding, Veterans and First Responders programs, special-eduction school programs, for children and adults with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities. Session Volunteers
Every patient/client session requires volunteers to make our programs possible. Session volunteers (also known as side walkers) are integral members of the therapy and adaptive riding teams. They work directly with and are guided by our staff therapists and instructors to support the patients and students during sessions. Session volunteers do not need previous experience with horses or with people with disabilities - they just need enthusiasm, and the stamina to keep up with our patients and horses! Session volunteers walk (trot at times) beside the patient on the horse for the entire therapy session, and their primary job is maintaining the safety of that patient at all times. Side walkers must meet the qualifications (16 yrs, strong enough to lift 35 lbs. ability to trot in sand) as well as attend a training session/orientation prior to working with patients.
Dance / Aerobics
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 14
Orientation or Training
3 hrs once a week or intermittent.
Physically fit for side walking or not for other help.