1. Volunteers in a Therapeutic Riding lesson at Rocking Horse Ranch
VOLUNTEERS
VOLUNTEERS

"You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give."
– Winston Churchill

 
We have volunteer training sessions before each lesson session, in the fall, spring, and summer. The next volunteer training will be Thursday September 7 from 6-7:30 at the barn. You must attend a volunteer training session before you may volunteer. The volunteer registration form can be accessed here and the volunteer training manual can be downloaded here . Please also download and read the following: horse handout , sidewalker handout , horse handling , tacking handout , and horse leader.

Lesson program volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to physically walk briskly for 30 minutes to keep pace with a horse and help support a rider.  New volunteers will be given an overview of the program and a tour of the facility.  Afterward, they will each have an opportunity to practice what they have learned about sidewalking (no horse experience necessary) with some of our staff role-playing student riders.  New volunteers with intermediate level horse experience are invited to stay for the component on leading in a lesson, and to try out for the position of horse leader.  All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one lesson a week (about 45 minutes) for the entire lesson session, which can range from 4 weeks in July to 12 weeks in our spring session.  Advance registration is required for this orientation, so please call the barn office ( 252-752-0153 ). 
 
Please come prepared to work outside around the horses - wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.