As a volunteer at The Horse Sanctuary’s therapeutic riding program you become a key part of a team that helps bring the benefits and joy of riding horses to children and adults with special needs. If you are a rider yourself, you already know the special bond between horse and human. Just watch the faces of our riders light up as they open the stable door, and you will understand what the horses, and the opportunity to ride, mean to them.
Volunteers are central to the services we are able to offer. The safety and enjoyment of our riders depends on the skill and dedication of our volunteers. Our riders require up to three volunteers each to assist them. This program would be impossible without volunteers.
While the work we do is serious, there is always room for fun, too. Riding and working with horses is a delight for those of us who love these wonderful creatures, and we should remember that recreation, a break from daily routines, and just plain enjoyment are among the benefits therapeutic riding provides for its participants. It should do the same for you, the volunteer.
If working in therapeutic riding lessons is not for you, we have many other volunteer opportunities with our horse rescue program.
- cleaning paddocks
- clearing brush
- fence maintenance
- barn repairs and maintenance
- building run-ins and shelters
- cleaning saddles and bridles
- grooming and bathing horses
- bringing in hay
Volunteering can be a regular weekly occurrence, or a one-time group activity. Please contact us for details. Volunteering at The Horse Sanctuary qualifies for high-school volunteer hours.
No “horse experience” is necessary to volunteer with our program. We offer training and supportive mentoring.