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GallopNYC Therapeutic Horsemanship volunteers in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

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ORGANIZATION: GallopNYC

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 313 people are interested

GallopNYC uses therapeutic horsemanship to help riders in NYC with disabilities walk, talk and learn, inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible. GallopNYC's vision is that every child with a disability in New York City has access to therapeutic horseback riding.

Tasks Available for Volunteers

  • Lesson support: Assist the instructor during hippotherapy sessions by working directly with the riders. Act as an intermediary between the rider and instructor by assisting the rider in carrying out the instructor’s directions.
    • Help prepare riders for lessons
    • Assist with rider support during mounting and dismounting
    • Walk (and jog) next to the rider throughout the class and provide physical support as necessary
    • Help the rider follow directions given by the instructor
  • Lead Walking: Volunteer will lead horses during hippotherapy sessions, keeping primary focus on assigned horse (and not the rider) while maintaining communication with team
    • Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions

Check out our Volunteer page to learn more about the program, and how volunteers help with lessons.

https://gallopnyc.org/volunteer

After you register on the GallopNYC website, you will receive further updates on how to get started. That’s it!

*Experience with horses is helpful but not at all necessary.
** Must be 16+

Please feel free to contact us for more info at volunteer@gallopnyc.org.

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About GallopNYC

Location:

8803 70th Rd, Forest Hills, NY 11375, US

Mission Statement

GallopNYC uses equine-centered therapy to help riders in NYC with disabilities walk, talk and learn, inspiring them to live their lives as fully, independently and productively as possible.

Description

GallopNYC is a non-profit organization based in New York City that offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities. We operate our riding program at four locations, all within NYC. Schedules at each location vary seasonally.

Therapeutic horsemanship teaches the skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental, emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider. Under the direction of a PATH International certified instructor, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn and have FUN! We also offer hippotherapy services. Therapeutic horsemanship means learning to ride a horse but it means much more - it means building a bond with a horse, learning to care for a horse, understanding how horses perceive the world and respond to people, and ultimately being a leader to a horse.

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

Sat Apr 13, 2024 - Sun Jun 30, 2024
08:00 AM - 07:30 PM

WHERE

397A Coney Island AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11218

(40.64837,-73.98006)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Development
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary
  • Animal Therapy
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each shift is between 2 and 4 hours. You can sign up for the whole term or here and there as your schedule permits.
  • Must be able to walk for up to 30 minutes and jog for short periods of time. Must be able to lift up to 25lbs.

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