Therapeutic Riding is a volunteer dependant program. Each child in the riding program can require anywhere from one to three volunteers. One is needed to lead the horse, and, depending on the rider's ability, one or two are needed to sidewalk and/or support the rider.
Students with special needs often come to our facility as a field trip, or, when possible, come for five or six consecutive weeks to ride. As with out therapeutic classes, we need one to three volunteers for these riders.
We also serve the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts by provided activities for them so they can earn their badges. Daisy level scouts are required to be on lead-line. Older riders are not, but we still provide one or two spotters in the arena for the riders. While one group is riding, other groups are working with our volunteers at stations located in the barn.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and from all over the surrounding area. Some are in Junior or Senior High and others are grandparents. The one thing that they all have in common is the willingness to help others.
If you are interested in staffing the scout troops, Test Ride a Ponysm, or summer Hooked on Horsessm activities, your duties may be leading or spotting a horse in the arena, or working at a station teaching the scouts how to groom a horse, the differences between English and Western tack, what horses eat - including making a treat, parts of the horse, or one of a dozen or so topics that relate to horses and their care. We provide the lesson plan and equipment, if needed.
Staff must be at least 16 years old and have some horse experience. Volunteers can move to staff positions once they are familiar with our horses and the information that needs to be presented.