Days needed: Sat (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.
*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
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 14
- 4-5 hours a week
- reliable, follow instructions, time management, animal friendly, good people skills