Volunteer - Sidewalker/Leader


Cause Areas


Tue Mar 20, 2018 04:00 PM - Wed Mar 20, 2019 07:30 PM


145 County Road 526Allentown, NJ 08501
Best Buds
Long-time volunteer visits with one of our long-term therapy horses.


Days needed: TUES, WED, THURS*, FRI* (*priority days as of 03/20/2018)

Volunteer must be comfortable working with large animals. Volunteers should be comfortable working with individuals who have physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Our students come to us with a variety of abilities, our program serves adults, youth, and children. Our volunteers are often used interchangeably between positions (see 2 positions below), depending on the experience level of the volunteer and the needs of the student and/or horse. Volunteer must be dependable, capable of focusing on one task at a time, capable and comfortable with being assigned a change of task at any given moment. Must be comfortable taking direction and instruction from management.

Volunteer positions:

*Sidewalker - volunteer will walk alongside the horse during a lesson. Ensure the safety of the student in the event that the student loses their balance.

*Leader - volunteer will lead the horse during a lesson, must be comfortable to walk and trot horse on lead.

Volunteers will receive Continuing Education training sessions while on-staff, new-hire training is available. All volunteers will be responsible for the following:

* groom horses (brushing, cleaning hooves, combing manes)
* tack horses (prepare the horse with saddle or saddle pad, adaptive equipment if needed, halter with clip on reins)
* turn horses out into the appropriate paddock
* collect horse from the appropriate paddock
* helping the student to accomplish lesson goals under the direction of the Riding Instructor


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Special Needs
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Fundraising

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 14
  • 3.5-4 hours a week
  • reliable, follow instructions, time management, animal friendly, good people skills

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