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4950 Route 173Poplar Grove, IL 61065
BraveHearts Volunteers


One of the important mainstays our therapeutic programs is our volunteers. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks from light stable duties to horse handling. Volunteers involved in horse handling are responsible for grooming and saddling horses prior to lessons, and also function as leaders and/or sidewalkers during the lessons. BraveHearts also has many opportunities for volunteers who are not at ease around horses, such as administrative assistance, gardening, painting, fundraising and cleaning. We greatly appreciate your interest and can utilize your assistance.

Who can volunteer?
  • Anyone over the age of 14
  • Anyone with a desire to learn how to work with horses and people with disabilities
  • No horse experience necessary
  • Held every month. Please visit our website (www.braveheartsriding.org) for exact dates and times.

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
7319 Maxon Road
Harvard, IL 60033

BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre
4950 Route 173
Poplar Grove, IL 61065

  • Step 1: Attend a Sidewalker Training,
  • Step 2: Begin sidewalking in lessons OR Attend Leader Training
  • Step 3: Begin leading in lessons

Contact - volunteer.director@braveheartsriding.org


Volunteer training description:

  • Introduction to BraveHearts and the programs and services we offer
  • Information on volunteer opportunities within BraveHearts
  • Volunteer duties and program policies
  • Safety around horses
  • Grooming
  • Tack and other equine equipment
  • Horse handling procedures
  • Side Walkers’ role (Hands-on practice!)
  • Emergency procedures and policies (Hands on)
  • Leader responsibilities
  • Leading guidelines
  • Mounting and dismounting (Hands on)
  • Leading at walk (Hands on)
  • Verbal cues for horses
  • Leading at the trot (Hands on)
  • Emergency procedures and policies (Hands on)


Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • any amount

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