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Volunteer Horse Leaders and Rider Assistants

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Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc.

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 310 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, carriage driving and equine assisted activities. 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 E, Bradenton, FL 34211, US

Mission Statement

Mission Statement:

Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs.

Tagline:

"Empowering lives through the healing power of horses."

Horses are Empowering! At SMART, we strive to improve the quality of the lives of our SMART Riders and their families through therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving and equine assisted activities. Through respectful partnerships with our horses, we create an environment that promotes a life of inclusion, respect, growth and independence.

Description

At SMART, horseback riding and carriage driving lessons are provided on a weekly basis to both children and adults with a wide range of special needs (physical, mental, cognitive and/or emotional.) The students learn to groom and care for their horses as well as tack up and ride or drive their horses. This all encompassing horsemanship program gives each individual the opportunity to exercise their bodies, minds and spirits through therapeutic equine assisted activities. SMART is a Premier Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l and a partner agency of the United Way of Manatee County. SMART is an ALL administered volunteer organization and has been providing services to the community for 27 years!

Animals
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

4640 County Rd 675 EBradenton, FL 34211

(27.45637,-82.30499)
 

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.

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