Volunteers are an essential part of the Healing Reins team. With volunteer help, our small staff is able to fulfill our mission, “to heal with horses”, by supporting the unique needs of 160-180 children, teens and adults each week throughout the year. We love to have individuals as well as community groups help keep us running smoothly.
Our next orientation for new volunteers is:
Thursday, September 21, at 5 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 3:30 – 4:00
Our next Sidewalker Training for new volunteers who wish to work in the arena with staff (See Job Descriptions) is:
Friday, September 22, at 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Volunteers must fill out the Volunteer Application as well as agree and sign the Volunteer Code of Conduct in the back of the Volunteer Handbook. A $20 registration/processing fee is required for all volunteers in order to keep the volunteer program running efficiently. Minor children (ages 14 and up) who would like to volunteer in the arena must have written parental permission.
Click here to download our Volunteer-Application-Packet 7.20.2017
For further information on how to get involved, contact our office at 541-382-9410 OR email email@example.com
Orientations include everything a volunteer needs to be successful at Healing Reins. Horse experience is not necessary.
Job descriptions available for volunteers:
Volunteer Opportunities Within the Arena
A Sidewalker’s job is to assist the rider in all phases of the lesson. Sidewalkers interact with and guide the client, and also serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the instructor. Sidewalkers are responsible for the rider’s safety, comfort, learning, and interaction with the horse.
A Leader’s job is to retrieve the horse from the paddock, lead the horse into the barn before the lesson, help with grooming and tacking, and handle the horse during the lesson. Leaders are primarily responsible to address the comfort and safety of the horse, and will interact with and observe the horse at all times to ensure the safety of the rider.
A Horse Buddy provides special attention to a particular horse on a regular basis. This includes, grooming, massage therapy, and other opportunities to give the horse well-deserved attention.
Here at Healing Reins, our staff, volunteers and horses follow specific protocols to ensure the safety of our riders. A horse schooler provides horses with the opportunity to review appropriate behaviors while in the arena on a regular basis.
Volunteers Opportunities outside of the Arena
For Community Groups
We love to have community/church work groups join us for a day or even a few hours to help keep our facility beautiful. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to set up a time for your group to come in. Thanks to all of our volunteers and a special thanks to: