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Windrush Farm is a nonprofit horse farm specializing in teaching physically, emotionally, and learning disabled children and adults to ride and work with horses.
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 sidewalker is a volunteer that walks and/or jogs alongside the horse while the client is riding. The sidewalker is responsible for helping to keep the client safe and achieve the goals in the class. This may involve a safety hold of the client for an entire lesson, or a more hands off approach depending on the needs of the client. The sidewalker is an extension of the instructor, who helps to guide and coach the client through the lesson. You do not need any prior horse experience to be a sidewalker.
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.