Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Rein-Bow Riding Academy program. Without volunteers available to safely assist the riders during their sessions, our children and adults would be unable to ride. No special skills are required for volunteers as each person is trained by the program staff. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and come with an enthusiastic, compassionate spirit ready to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs.
We need volunteers all the time at any time! You can join in at any part of the riding season. We can use you even if you can only stay for some of the time. Our main concern is that you come prepared to make a difference! Riding sessions are held on Tuesdays between 4:15 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Volunteer opportunities include the following:
The leader is responsible for starting, guiding, and stopping the horse during the session while allowing the rider to do as much of the handling as possible. This volunteer should be at least 16 years of age with prior horse experience and be able to walk or jog intermittently during the 30 minute lesson.
The sidewalker walks alongside the rider during a lesson and is responsible for the rider's safety. The degree of assistance will vary among riders with some requiring multiple sidewalkers. This volunteer must be at least 14 years old and be able to walk briskly beside a horse for 30 minutes.
The assistant helps with preparation of the ring and equipment for the lesson, fits helmets on the riders, grooms horses, and supervises riders during grooming as well as before and after the lesson.
Assistance is provided to bring the horses from pasture, groom and tack them, and return them to pasture at the end of the riding sessions. Horses also need activity and attention prior to the sessions and at other times to help them work at their best.
Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising activities. The program currently is able to scholarship all riders so there is no cost to families. In order to do this, we much raise funds to pay the program expenses. Fundraising events are held throughout the year, and we welcome volunteers to assist with planning, set up, event activities, and clean up.
To become a volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application below. You may bring it to the barn with you during a riding session or send it to the Center in advance. If you are under the age of 18, please be sure to have your parent/guardian sign the necessary sections.
Volunteer Application — This form must be completed to serve as a volunteer for the program.
Volunteer training can be completed fully at the barn. Alternatively, volunteers can begin training online by watching the Volunteer Training Video below and completing the Volunteer Training Documents.
Volunteer Manual — A guide for hippotherapy volunteers
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