Do you like working outdoors with horses and the special needs community? We have the perfect opportunity for you!
Freedom Ride offers therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs. Freedom Ride usually offers one large orientation per month. Upon completing a brief orientation, our volunteers assist with therapeutic riding classes, the daily care of our program horses and help us with barn maintenance.
Volunteers work side-by-side with our students during their lessons either by handling the horse or side walking with the rider. Horse handlers assist in controlling the horse until the student becomes confident and capable of doing so. Side walkers help support the rider on the horse and offer guidance and assistance during their lesson.
Volunteers also assist our barn managers with facility maintenance, keeping our stalls clean, grooming and feeding the horses, and tacking up horses for our lessons. This includes cleaning and filling water troughs in our pastures, landscaping (pulling weeds, cutting down over grown trees, etc.), and painting perimeter fences!
This volunteer position is very physical! All volunteer work is done outdoors.
Unfortunately we cannot accept court ordered community service.
To complete a Volunteer Registration Forms please visit www.freedomride.com and click on the left hand green 'Volunteering' tab.
Freedom Ride requires at least one non-family member reference. This includes teachers, counselors and close friends.
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- Animal Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training
- 1x Weekly Commitment for 3 - 4 Hours per Shift
- Must be physically fit enough to sweep, walk for 30 minutes, and jog for short periods.