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ORGANIZATION: Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program

  • 41 people are interested

Lessons volunteers are mentors, and provide a safe environment for our riders. While in the arena, side walkers and horse leaders work under the direct supervision of a PATH Intl. Certified instructor.

Side walkers assist the instructors during mounting/dismounting process, during the ride by encouraging the riders to participate in activities, to protect the rider by offering support holds, and to help the rider develop to their fullest potential.

Horse Leaders assist barn staff with grooming, tacking and transitioning horses between lessons. Volunteers lead horses to and from lessons, warm up horses before lessons begin and lead a horse during the lesson as prompted by the lesson instructor.

Junior volunteers 14-17 years old may serve as side walkers. Those with previous extensive equine experience may qualify to be horse leaders. A parent/guardian is required to complete a background check, and fill out the junior volunteer's waiver and release form. THe Junior Volunteer Application may be completed by the adult or minor. Both junior volunteer and a parent or guardian are required attend the orientation and training(s). Juniors may serve independently at lessons with staff approval.

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About Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program


28379 El Paso Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, US

Mission Statement

Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program is a Premier Accredited Center of PATH Intl. Our mission is to provide professional and compassionate equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding lessons to individuals with special needs, military veterans and active duty personnel. Being a Premier Accredited Center (PAC) of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) puts RFJ in the top 30% of centers worldwide.


Ride for Joy offers the following services and activities: therapeutic riding, student evaluations, veterans program, one time rides, field trips, all abilities camp, veterans retreat, barn tours and volunteer trainings and opportunities.


People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families
Animals, People with Disabilities, Veterans & Military Families


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28379 El Paso Rd.Caldwell, ID 83607



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veteran Care
  • Equestrian
  • Special Needs
  • Child Development


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • - All lessons are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9am-6pm. - Volunteers are required to attend a one hour orientation, a one hour lesson observation and a two hour side walker training.
  • Ability to walk/jog on an uneven, sandy surface for 45 minutes. Cognitive capacity to follow directions, clearly communicate, respond to an emergency & focus attention in the present. Reliable roundtrip transportation.

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