The volunteer will be walking beside a horse while spotting a rider with a physical, emotional and/or cognitive disability. The volunteer position is aptly titled "Sidewalker" and the experience is unlike any other!
The volunteer arrives about twenty minutes prior to the class start in order to be informed by the instructor as to what will take place during the riding class. When the rider arrives, the volunteer assists the rider in brushing the horse, cleaning its hooves and "tacking" or placing the riding equipment on the horse.
The volunteer plays a crucial role throughout the therapeutic riding lesson. With the right combination of working alongside the rider to promote independence, instill confidence and support the instructor's direction, the volunteer will share in the healing experience and earn an intense sense of satisfaction.
Good Match For
Kids Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training