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Volunteer Horse Leaders and Rider Assistants

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ORGANIZATION: Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc.

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 345 people are interested
Mallory and her wonderful therapy horse, Jazz.
SMART Volunteers help our riders have fun while staying focused and engaged in the learning activities during lessons.

"Empowering lives through the healing power of horses." That's what we do at SMART!

Each day we strive to improve the quality of the lives of our SMART Riders and their families through therapeutic horseback riding, and equine assisted services. Through respectful partnerships with our horses, we create an environment that promotes a life of inclusion, respect, growth and independence.

As a mostly volunteer powered organization, it takes a lot of caring hearts and souls to keep our riders growing, learning and reaching for the stars. Volunteers are needed to assist with lessons by providing support and assistance to the riders, leading horses, sidewalking with riders, grooming and caring for the horses before and after lessons, and helping out with barn chores.

We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to our SMART Family! If you would love being part of a fun team made up of extraordinary human beings...that empowers nearly 600 children and adults each year---join us! The rewards you will receive in the smiles and giggles from our riders will fill your heart to the top!

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About Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc.

Location:

4640 CR 675, Bradenton, FL 34211, US

Mission Statement

At SMART, we empower lives through the healing power of horses. Through therapeutic horse-related programs and activities our SMART riders and their families' quality of life is significantly improved. Through respectful partnerships with our horses, we create an environment that promotes a life of inclusion, respect, growth and independence.

Description

SMART provides an all-encompassing horsemanship program--where participants learn to groom and tack up their horses, ride to the utmost of their ability, and care for their horses afterwards. All of these horsemanship skills provide the participant with many physical, emotional and cognitive benefits. Some of these benefits include an increase in physical strength and stamina, an improvement in posture, balance and coordination, and an increase in attention span and independent skills. An increase in self esteem and a sense of empowerment are also gained from fostering a respectful, affectionate, working "partnership" with their horse. At SMART the movement of the horse, the connection to the horse, and the natural environment are all used to help heal the body, mind and spirit of each SMART participant.
SMART is a PATH Int'l, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Premier Center providing equine assisted services since 1987.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Animals, Children & Youth, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

4640 County Rd 675 EBradenton, FL 34211

(27.45694,-82.3055)
 

SKILLS

  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Equestrian
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Animal Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible -- SMART has lessons six days a week. Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to select the lessons that work best for them. A minimum commitment of 90 minutes is needed for each lesson.
  • Volunteers must to be able to attend orientation and training, make cognitive decisions , capable of learning and understanding written material and verbal direction, and work independently. No previous horse experience required.

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