There are many volunteer opportunities available at the Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club and prior experience with horses is recommended but not necessary. Volunteers must be a minimum of fourteen years of age and to ensure consistency with our program, everyone must attend an orientation and training class prior to volunteering.
The training class is approximately two hours and covers a brief history, our policies and procedures, a facility tour and hands-on training so everyone learns how to safely halter, groom and tack a horse. As a lesson volunteer, your most important training will cover how to become a sidewalker or a horse leader.
Lesson volunteers assist our instructors and our riders by either sidewalking, to ensure riders safety and a fun lesson, or by leading the horse. Both jobs require the ability to walk and jog on uneven ground throughout the entire 30-45 minute lesson. We do ask for a weekly commitment for a 8 to 10 week semester term. Please watch this video to make sure we are a good fit for your volunteering interest. Therapeutic Riding and What the : https://youtu.be/Fj-iDe2ZwdE
If you would like to take the next step toward becoming a volunteer, please complete the following:
Contact us by email to request the dates of our training classes.
Schedule your training class.
Complete your volunteer paperwork and bring it with you to your training class.
Select your regular, weekly volunteer time-slot after your training class.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About BACKBAY THERAPEUTIC RIDING CLUB INC
20262 SW CYPRESS ST, NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92660, US
The Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club is dedicated to providing an avenue for improving the quality of life of children, youth, and adults with physical and developmental disabilities through recreational and structured horseback riding and other unique therapeutic activities.
We are a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization and a proud member of PATH, Intl., the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Our specialized staff consists of certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health & Learning (EAGALA certified). We offer therapeutic riding lesson to people with special needs. The Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club is committed to the special needs community of Newport Beach as a resource and an inspiration. Our trained volunteers and dedicated staff are committed to challenging each rider as they strive to achieve their individual goals.
Therapeutic riding strengthens the mind, body, and spirit.
Therapeutic Riding is a mode of therapy utilizing functional riding skills, equine movement and a variety of therapy activities to achieve specific cognitive, physical and psychological goals. Lessons take place in normal equine environment to encourage improve with riders balance, joint mobility, coordination, muscle tone, posture, socialization and communication.
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
We'll work with your schedule.
20262 SW cypress streetNewport BeachNewport Beach, CA92660
April 15, 2020
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 14
Orientation or Training
2 hours per week for a 8 to 10 week semester term. Example Semester covers January and February calendar months
Fit enough to walk and jog, lift 30 lbs weight, follow instruction, promptly move and make decisions quickly in case of emergency