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Horse Leaders and Side Walkers for Adaptive Riding Lessons

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ORGANIZATION: Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program

  • 46 people are interested
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Ride For Joy is seeking volunteers to lead horses or walk alongside riders during our adaptive horseback riding lessons.

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.

Volunteers are required to complete an online application, waiver & release form, background check, orientation, and trainings.

Please visit our website for more information, and to apply for this volunteer opportunity.

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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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