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Barn Care Mentor is responsible for mentoring their peers in the care of the equines at Hay Burr Inn Rescue & Sanctuary. To be a Barn Care Mentor, the individual must be knowledgeable and competent in many areas concerning the equine and people.

  • Must be between 14 to 18 years of age.
  • Must put in at least 10 hours on a weekly basis.
Skills & Abilities
  • Daily Grooming Techniques
    • Ensure coat, mane, tail and feet are properly cared for and checked over for any issues.
    • Blankets: proper use and sizing
  • Keeping Stalls Clean
    • Bedding: Clean and proper level
    • Free of cobwebs and other debris
    • Cleanliness of stalls, outdoor areas and feeders
    • Water buckets cleaned and filled
  • Feeding
    • Understand the procedures for feeding time
    • Properly feed according to the equines needs
  • Performing Daily Duties
    • Respecting assignments and being present
    • Accepting a variety of roles and responsibilities
  • Mentoring Skills
    • Encourage and Lead in a Positive Manner
    • Delegate to others respectfully, positively, appropriately and appreciatively
    • Time Management
    • Communication Skills
    • Record Keeping and Organizational Skills
    • Equine First Aid actions steps, or who to contact in case of emergency
    • Always willing to learn and share to help other volunteers grow
  • Keeping to the Mission of Hay Burr Inn Rescue & Sanctuary
  • Obtain a greater understanding of the basic needs of horses
  • Experience in responsibility when it comes to the care of the horses in a safe manner
  • Develop communication skills to develop and maintain a relationship with barn members and staff members
  • Be able to recognize and treat minor ailments in horses or contacting the appropriate person to handle the situation
  • Be able to maintain records and systems to keep barn equipment and supplies in an organized manner.


  • Training will be providing on the site and by someone of senior level for barn care.
  • Supervision as well as feedback will be provided on a continual basis to provide support as needed.

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Mission Statement

Hay Burr Inn’s all-volunteer staff is dedicated to saving the lives of horses that are victims of starvation, neglect, abuse, bound for slaughter, or whose owners are unable to provide for their needs. It is our goal to rehabilitate and restore the physical and emotional health of the horses and find them a loving home, or continue to give them the special, intensive care they need to live out their days in peace.


Hay Burr Inn has been rescuing horses for over a decade, but only became a Charitable 501(c)3 Organization in 2014.

We currently house 12 horses and 1 donkey.

We rescue the "unwanted of the unwanted" horses. Horses who no longer serve a purpose for their owners are put up for auction and sold to the highest bidder. Those who are "too broken" to be purchased at the auction are sent over the Canadian or Mexican borders for slaughter. It is our goal to intercept these horses that are bound for slaughter, and take them to our sanctuary. Other horses come to us from severe neglect, abuse and owner surrenders.

Regardless of their origin, it is our goal to take these horses to our sanctuary where they can rest and be rehabilitated. We rehabilitate their health and their spirit- Allowing them a safe place to recover from any medical or mental trauma of their past.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities that allow people of all ages, abilities, talents, and experience levels to help the horses.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


169 Black Hill RoadPlainfield, CT 06374



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


  • Teens


  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours per week
  • Attend Quarterly Mandatory Meetings; Help at Events

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