The primary goal of lessons volunteers is to be a mentor and to provide a safe environment for the 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 and dismounting process, during the ride by encouraging the riders to participate according to the instructors cues, to protect the rider by offering an arm-over-thigh or support hold, and to help the rider stretch, grow and develop to their fullest potential. Side walkers help between lessons with disinfecting props and tack, greeting riders and their families, and assisting staff and horse leaders as needed.
Horse Leaders assist barn staff with grooming, mucking, tacking and transitioning horses between lessons. Volunteers also 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.
Ability to walk and jog on an uneven, sandy surface for 45 minutes is required. Experience with veterans, people with disabilities and/or horses is recommended but not required. An orientation will be scheduled upon receiving a volunteer application. Qualified volunteers are required to complete a horse leader training session and evaluation.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program
28379 El Paso Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, US
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 therapies 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. RFJ is the only PAC in Southwest Idaho and one of only three in the entire state.
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.
Children & Youth
Sports & Recreation
We'll work with your schedule.
28379 El Paso Rd.Caldwell, ID83607
November 10, 2020
Animal Care / Handling
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
One hour per week.
Must complete hands-on evaluation and side-walker training before qualifying for horse leader position. Masks are required to prevent the spread of covid-19 during all lessons, in the staff offices and where social distancing cannot be maintained.