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Horsemanship Assistant - Hands of Promise Arena

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Idaho Youth Ranch

  • 4 people are interested
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Who: You have a heart for working with young people. You have significant experience working with horses. You are positive, encouraging and optimistic. You want to help young people heal and gain confidence through the equine program.

What: Horsemanship Assistant will:

  • Help clients to learn to be safe around horses, and understand what is safe and unsafe.
  • Assist with communication games with the clients and horses.
  • Assist with individual or small group instruction for clients.
  • Assist Equine Specialist in care and upkeep of the animals and animal facilities, including feeding horses, turnouts and/or returning to stalls from pasture.
  • Assist Equine Specialist in saddling of horses, moving horses to arena, and setting up horsemanship activities for clients.
  • Assist with leading and riding of horses.
  • Assist with instruction in mounting, dismounting, and developing rapport on the ground with the horses and clients.
  • Work with ES to clean up arena post activity and return horses to stall/pasture.
Why: Working with horses has been a proven method of emotional recovery and one of the most unique services offered by Idaho Youth Ranch.

When: During horsemanship classes, as scheduled by our Equine Specialist.Typically Sundays, starting mid - late May.

How: In order to volunteer for this opportunity, you will need to:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Submit application
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Submit to a CHU background check
  • Submit to a TB screen
  • Submit to a Drug/Alcohol screen
  • Complete interview
  • Comply with all Idaho Youth Ranch Volunteer Policies and Procedures

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About Idaho Youth Ranch


5465 W. Irving St, Boise, ID 83706, US

Mission Statement

The Idaho Youth Ranch creates promising futures through courageous transformations.


Every child is born full of promise, and every child deserves a promising future.

The Idaho Youth Ranch has been helping good kids on a dangerous path find promising futures for more than 60 years, with youth programs and services through the state.

We offer emergency shelter, residential care, substance abuse treatment, job readiness training, alternative education, adoption services, family counseling, and more for at-risk kids and their struggling parents and families.

No matter what a child is up against, the Idaho Youth Ranch can help.

Every kid who comes to us faces their own unique challenges and issues. So we adapt our services to meet their needs, instead of the other way around. The Idaho Youth Ranch approach is to intervene early, when our help can do the most good; treat the whole child, not just one symptom; and finish the job by sticking with each kid as long as they need us.

Our work would not be possible without generous donations from people like you.

Thanks to our donors and our statewide network of 29 thrift stores, we can help kids and families effectively and immediately even if they can’t afford the entire cost of care.

Whenever you make a cash donation, shop at one of our stores, or donate items we can sell, you become part of our promise to Idaho’s kids. Thank you!

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


28371 El Paso RdCaldwell, ID 83607



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Weekly, Sundays for a year.

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