Forward Stride Volunteer Application
We ask for a 3 month commitment for ALL volunteer positions.
Volunteer Information
Volunteer First and Last Name *
Email Address *
Best Phone Number *
Home Address *
Date of Birth *
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Emergency Contact Name and Best Phone Number *
Parent/Guardian Name (if under 18 years old)
Parent/Guardian Email Address (if under 18 years old)
Parent/Guardian Phone Number (if under 18 years old)
Do you have any special needs regarding mobility or independence?
Do you have a diagnoses? *
If yes, please explain.
Do you have any life threatening allergies? Bee stings, peanuts, etc. If so, please list below.
How did you learn about Forward Stride?
Why do you want to volunteer at Forward Stride?
Volunteer Availability, Interests and Skills
Please use the following area to let the Volunteer Coordinator know what volunteer jobs you are most interested in, your weekly availability, and any additional skills and training you may have.

Here are volunteer job descriptions, by category, and when they are needed:

CLASS VOLUNTEERS:

We hold our riding classes and therapy sessions by the quarter. Volunteer needs will change as the quarters change.

LEADER:
-A volunteer leader is responsible for getting the horse tacked up for classes, handling the horse during the lesson,
untacking, and putting the horse away after the lesson is over.
-Leaders MUST have extensive horse experience and will be invited to attend a leader training after horse experience has
been evaluated. Leaders are needed for our riding program.
-We have classes Monday through Saturday. Most classes are 45 minutes long and leaders are needed 30 minutes prior to
the class and 30 minutes after to tack/untack the horse for a total potential shift of 1:45 minutes.
-You must be able to walk consistently for at least 45 minutes, possibly on uneven ground and up and down hills.

SIDE-WALKER:
-A volunteer side-walker is responsible for assisting clients during both therapy sessions and riding classes.
-As a side-walker you are supporting the client a variety of ways, including providing stabilizing holds. Most sessions are
30 minutes long.
-You must be able to walk consistently for at least 30 minutes, possibly on uneven ground and up and down hills.
-Side-walking opportunities with the therapy program are typically Monday through Thursday 10 am to 4 pm. Occasionally,
we have side-walking opportunities with our riding program on Saturday.
-No horse experience is required.

HORSE-CARE VOLUNTEERS:

All day to day horse-care is done by volunteer teams.

AM FEED:
-Feeding the herd of 30 horses hay and grain in the morning 7:00 am-8:30 am, Monday through Sunday.
-Some horse experience preferred. Must be over 18 years old or have a parent/guardian that can stay onsite during
volunteer time.
-Must be able to do lifting and bending.

AM TURNOUT:
-Filling outside slow feeders and water troughs.
-Taking herd of 30 horses from stalls to outside pastures.
-9:30 am to 11:30 am, Monday through Sunday.
-Requires lifting and bending as well as walking on uneven ground and up and down hills.
-Turnout is done in all types of weather.

PM HORSE-CARE:
-Feeding the herd of 30 horses hay and grain in the evening, filling inside water buckets and bringing horses from outside
pastures to stalls.
-3 pm-5 pm, Monday through Sunday.
-May require some lifting and bending as well as walking on uneven ground and up and down hills. PM horse-care is done
in all types of weather.
What volunteer jobs are you most interested in? *
PLEASE READ ABOVE DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE SELECTING INTEREST
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Detailed Weekly Availability (check all possibilities) *
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If you want to volunteer with a specific person (current Forward Stride volunteer, parent/guardian/child, another volunteer applicant) list their name below. We cannot accommodate all requests.
Do you have any skills or training in any of the following areas?
Detail ALL experience with horses including special skills, certifications, 4H/Pony Club/Equestrian Team involvement, Equine Science classes, etc. *
Detail ALL experience with animals other than horses.
If you have volunteered at another therapeutic riding facility, please describe your experience.
If you are a student and looking to volunteer at Forward Stride to fulfill service hours required by your school list all requirements below (hours, timeline, type of service, etc.). We cannot accommodate all requests.
Email Newsletter *
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Liability Release
Liability release to be signed by volunteer or parent/guardian if volunteer is under 18 years of age.
I verify that I am over the age of 18 or the parent/guardian of the above volunteer who is a minor. *
I acknowledge the many and serious risks and potential risks associated with horse activities. However, I feel that the possible benefits to myself, my son/daughter, my ward, my horse and the clients are greater than the risks assumed. As a condition of participation, I hereby, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my son/daughter, my ward, my heirs and assigns, executors or administrators, waive and release forever all claims for damages against Forward Stride, their Directors, Officers, Instructors, Therapists, Aides, Volunteers, Horse Owners and/or Employees for any and all injuries and/or losses I, my son daughter, my ward, my horse may sustain while participating in Forward Stride activities, except for injuries or losses caused intentionally or by willful or wanton disregard for safety. I accept and agree to the above statement. *
Volunteer or Volunteer's Parent/Guardian Electronic Signature *
Date Signed *
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Confirmation
YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION MESSAGE AFTER CLICKING SUBMIT.
Due to the prolonged closure caused by the COVID-19 virus, Forward Stride will not be adding new clients to the volunteer program until spring of 2021.
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