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Volunteer Trainer

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  • 1 person is interested

Provide support to the barn care mentors for ensuring volunteers know how to care for the equines in the barn and are able to provide support to the volunteers on how to access resources available to volunteers.

  • 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

    • Fill hay nets and distribute

  • Performing Daily Duties

    • Respecting assignments and being present

    • Accepting a variety of roles and responsibilities

  • Vitals

    • Assist with recording vital signs on a monthly basis.

  • 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

  • Ensure Volunteers are Logging Hours & Signing up on the Barn Help Calendar

  • Participate in Fundraisers/Events

  • Keeping to the Mission of Hay Burr Inn Rescue & Sanctuary

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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
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


169 Black Hill RoadPlainfield, CT 06374



  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours per week

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