Here are volunteer job descriptions, by category, and when they are needed:
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 session, untacking, and putting the horse away after the session 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 classes are 45 minutes long. You must be able to walk consistently for at least 45 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.
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 some 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. May require some 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.