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Most volunteers at Riley Equine Center begin as a sidewalker. The Sidewalker walks alongside the horse and assist the rider. The sidewalkers primary responsibility is the STUDENT. They must stay with their student no matter what!
The sidewalkers's job begins as soon as the students walk into the barn. Sidewalkers should greet the student and help them fit their helmet. Most students will bring their own helmet, but should they forget or not have one, there are extras available in the back room. The sidewalker will then stay with the rider and await instructions from the instructor on where to do warm up exercises and when to come into the arena for mounting.
The Sidewalker should stay with the rider and give proper assistance from the moment the rider enters the arena and mounts their horse until they dismount and leave the area, even if the horse is standing still or even the horse spooks. The importance of staying with your student cannot be overstated. Many people with disabilities lack a sense of danger and self-preservation. The sidewalker, therefore, helps to provide an extra level of safety for the rider.
Sidewalkers are encouraged to bond with their riders before and after the instructor begins class, however they should be careful not to give the rider more assistance or support than the instructor indicates. We promote independence amongst our riders and encourage it in all cases. If, however, the rider seems to be having more trouble than they should, or sometimes doesn't seem to be working correctly, it should be brought to the instructor's attention.
09:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Lessons are held 1-6pm on mondays, 3-6pm wednesdays, and 9-noon on saturdays. Volunteers are needed during all of these shifts.
NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
Our mission is to provide an educational and therapeutic experience for children and adults through horsemanship to strengthen body and mind in order to improve quality of life.
History Riley Equine Center was formed in 2010 as an independent not-for-profit corporation to respond to a local need for affordable therapy and recreation for people of all ages. Services that we offer include instruction for children and adults with mild physical and/ or cognitive disabilities, at-risk individuals, as well as able-bodied students. Riley Equine has teamed with Excel of Boonville to offer as a part of their Physical and Occupational Therapy program.
Goals Our purpose is to see progress and happiness in our riders. We appreciate the heartwarming support from volunteers, parents, care givers, educators and medical professionals. We greatly appreciate donations, matching funds, fundraisers on our behalf and referrals to community service organizations and companies who may wish to support our cause.
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift
17244 Doyle RdBoonville, MO65233
April 6, 2021
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 12
Classes on Saturday usually go from 9 to noon. Lessons are also held on Mondays and Wednesdays in the after noon from 1-6pm
able bodied, wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. No open toed shoes.