Volunteers are an essential part of the Healing Reins team. Horse experience is not necessary to positively impact the lives of our participants!
Step One – Apply
Fill out the Volunteer Application
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.
Read the Volunteer Handbook
Volunteer Orientation and Training Dates
April 4 4:30-6:30
June 6 4:30 – 6:30
Step Two – Get Trained
After the Volunteer Coordinator has processed your application, you will be contacted to schedule your orientation to learn about Therapeutic Riding, our scheduling process, and the various volunteers jobs available. If you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orientations include everything a volunteer needs to be successful at Healing Reins. Horse experience is not necessary.
Job descriptions available for volunteers:
Submit your online Volunteer Application Fee
Step Three – Volunteer!
After your orientation and training, the Volunteer Coordinator performs a background check. Once that is complete, you will be able to schedule yourself into our online system for whatever days and times work for your lifestyle.
For further information on how to get involved, contact our office at
541-382-9410 OR email email@example.com
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. The Sidewalker must be able to walk and jog along side a horse while holding on to the rider in a specified safety hold.
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. You must be a Sidewalker prior to Leading in order to gain experience as part of the lesson team and to have practice with the Healing Reins Way of interacting with the horses. A Leader must be able to walk and jog while leading a horse throughout the lesson.
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. Horse Buddies must have completed Sidewalker training and have been a Leader for an extended period of time. Volunteers who wish to Horse Buddy must have the okay from instructors and the Volunteer Coordinator prior to Horse Buddy program.
Here at Healing Reins, our staff, volunteers and horses follow specific protocols to ensure the safety of our riders. While there are many ways to work with a horse, we require all volunteers and staff to follow the Healing Reins Way. This ensures that our horses are treated with the utmost respect while numerous individuals are interacting with them. A horse schooler provides horses with the opportunity to review appropriate behaviors and exercise at all three gaits while in the arena on a regular basis. A Horse Schooler must have extensive volunteer experience at Healing Reins and special permission from all instructors as well as the Volunteer Coordinator in order to join the Horse Schooling team.
Volunteer Opportunities outside of the Arena
Facility – grounds keeping, paddock and arena cleaning, general repairs
Outreach – help our staff by attending informational events to help us spread the word about what we do
Special Events – various duties related to developing and hosting fundraisers
Administrative – assist staff with various office functions and/or help with crafting arena themes and supplies
For Community Groups
We love to have community and church work groups join us for a day or even a few hours to help keep our facility looking clean and tidy. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to set up a time for your group to come in. Thanks to all of our individual volunteers and a special thanks to the following groups: