We are currently booking volunteers for our Fall 2018 Session. Trainings in preparation for Sidewalkers and Horse Handlers to join the session are scheduling now.
A horse handler is responsible for bringing the horse down to the arena for the lesson, leading and managing the horse during the lesson, and then returning the horse to the barn. We also offer unmounted programming, in which case a horse handler might be helping the client on the ground, demonstrating and assisting with horse management. We rely on the horse handler to monitor the behavior of the horse during class, and report any concerns to the barn manager and instructor. Horse handlers need to have good recent horse experience (such as owning your own horse or are currently involved in horsemanship classes and riding), and a willingness to learn our horsemanship techniques to keep handling skills consistent for our horses.
Windrush volunteers are people who give their time and services to benefit our programming. Some bring skills in horsemanship, while others have leadership skills. Some merely bring understanding and acceptance, seeking fuller and more satisfying lives for themselves. Our volunteers reach out to others and help them improve their quality of life.
We serve over 600 clients a year and do that with the help of around 500 volunteers, so thank you for considering us as your volunteer opportunity!
We typically need volunteers in scheduled classes Monday through Friday between 8:30- 6:30pm.
Adequate support is critical in safely service our clients. We therefore request that volunteers directly involved with our program be willing to commit to a minimum of 1 1/2 hours each week on the same day and time for the length of a session.
- Special Needs
- People Skills
- Mental Health
- Relationship Building
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training
- Average of 1.5 hours/week