Who can volunteer?
All volunteers must be at least 14 years old and capable of walking and jogging in sandy, uneven footing for up to 30 minutes at a time. Experience with horses or with persons with disabilities is not required for sidewalking. Leaders must have extensive experience handling horses on the ground. New volunteers must go through our orientation program prior to working with riders and horses.
Arena Volunteers are scheduled by session, and we ask that volunteers commit to their riders each week, for the duration of the session that you sign up for. Our volunteers are essential—if you aren't present, our riders might not be able to ride. We do, of course, arrange subs for planned absences. The reward is great—you get to see your rider improve & grow each week! Our sessions for group therapeutic riding lessons are:
Early Bird Session (6 weeks)
February – March
Spring/Summer Session (14 weeks) April – July
Fall Session (8 weeks)
September – October
Holiday Session (5 weeks)
November – December
Arena Volunteers and Lesson Prep Volunteers can choose from these year-round shifts:
Or, we also have opportunities for seasonal programming:
Adult Ride & Groom Groups—Mondays from 10:15-11:30am
Pediatric Physical Therapy Groups—Wednesday mornings from 11am-12pm June-July
Summer Camp—Monday through Wednesday mornings from 9am-12pm
first 2 weeks of August
How Do I Get Started?
Fill out an Application
Attend a New Volunteer Orientation
Pass a background check
Get your schedule