Join our family and become a Healing Reins Volunteer!
Volunteers are an essential part of the Healing Reins team. Our barn is open Monday through Saturday throughout the year and 160+ lesson volunteers are needed to assist staff in Adaptive Riding, Hippotherapy (physical therapy on horseback) and Equine-Facilitated Learning classes each week.
Formal Volunteer Orientations are held five times each year, are approximately 2.5 hours in length, and include classroom presentations and hands-on learning opportunities. At the end of the orientation, participants are encouraged to review a current class schedule and to sign up to assist. Our preference is that volunteers commit to serving for a complete 8-week session since experienced class volunteers provide stability and a sense of community, familiarity with riders' goals and needs, and proficiency with horses and tack.
Healing Reins Volunteer Qualifications
1. Volunteers must be 14 years of age
2. Be able to lift up to 20 lbs. i.e. a saddle
3. Be able to walk and job on uneven ground during a 1 hour lesson
4. After training, be able to perform tasks with minimal supervision
5. Be able to accept constructive feedback
6. Be able to commit the same day & time weekly for the entire session
7. Be willing to learn and follow “The Healing Reins Way” procedures.
8. Dress in appropriate barn attire.
9. Horse Knowledge and experience is helpful, but not necessary
Volunteers support riders by helping them to groom and tack their horses, to mount and dismount, and to learn new things and complete tasks during a lesson. Volunteers are categorized as “Leaders” and “Sidewalkers”.
The primary function of the Leader is to handle the equine during all phases of the lesson. Leaders interact with and observe the horse at all times to ensure the safety of the rider.
The primary function of the Sidewalker is to assist the rider in all phases of the lesson. The Sidewalkers observe and interact with the client, and also serve as extra eyes and ears for the instructor.
Healing Reins also has volunteer needs outside of the arena which include assistance with fundraisers, facility maintenance, office work, etc.
In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for all parties, a $10 background check is required for all volunteers ages 18 and up. Minor children (ages 14 and up) who would like to volunteer in the arena must have written parental permission.
Volunteer Orientation are:
Monday, March 16th at 5pm
Wednesday, May 27th at 5pm
Wednesday, June 24th at 5pm
Wednesday, September 2nd at 5pm
Wednesday, October 28th at 5pm
Monday, November 23rd at 5pm
Leader Trainings are: Time TBA
Wednesday, March 18th
For a Volunteer Application Packet and/or further information on how to get involved, contact:
Volunteer Handbook Master.pdf