Volunteer with a Therapeutic Horsemanship Program in Queens (Howard Beach)

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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

  • Side Walking: Assist the instructor during therapeutic riding 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 therapeutic riding classes, working with a group of side-walkers, keeping primary focus on assigned horse (and not the rider) while maintaining communication with team
    • Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions
    • Depending on site, will bring horses in and out of arena

We conduct lessons six days a week at locations in Forest Hills, Queens and Howard Beach on the cusp of Brooklyn and Queens.

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

The process to volunteer with GallopNYC is quite simple:

1. Go to: https://volunteer.gallopny c.org/HOC__Volunteer_Registration_Page, and make an account.

2. Complete the online orientation.

3. Sign up to volunteer by choosing your preferred day and location.

After you sign up on the website, you will receive further updates on how to complete your registration. That’s it!

*Experience with horses is helpful but not at all necessary.

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

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80 - 98 Linden Blvd, Howard BeachHoward Beach, NY 11414



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  • Teens
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  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours a week for 10 weeks

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