Volunteering at Faith Equestrian

Volunteers are vital to our program and we could not operate without our fabulous team of people! There are a wide range of opportunities to volunteer, whether you prefer being with the horses, children, in the office or even helping us to bring in much needed funds. Volunteering can provide a great opportunity for you to learn new skills, meet some new people and perhaps get a little bit of physical fitness, all while giving back to your community.

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Types of Volunteers Needed

We need up to nine volunteers in order to have a thirty minute lesson for three riders. We also have many other ways for people to volunteer.

All volunteers in our lessons start out as sidewalkers and must be at least 14 years old. Riders can have up to two sidewalkers, one on each side, who assist the rider with balancing on the horse, as well as in helping to keep the rider focused on the instructions being given by the instructor. Sidewalkers are to stay focused on the riders and they often develop very close relationships with the riders they assist.

Horse leaders are in charge of handling the horse during a lesson, including getting them groomed, tacked and warmed up prior to the lesson and they provide assistance to the rider in controlling the horse, while still helping the rider to gain independence. Horse leaders ensure that the horse remains comfortable throughout the lesson and are to stay focused on their horse. Everyone starts out with our program as a sidewalker, but after a month of volunteering they are given the chance to begin training as a horse leader.

Our barn team is a group of people who come out on Saturdays to keep our barn looking great! In order to come without a parent, youth must be a minimum of 12 years old, but anyone can come as long as a parent is present.

FAQs

1. What physical ability is required to volunteer?

Volunteering at an equestrian therapeutic center is mildly physical. You must be able to walk at least 30-40 minutes and jog for short distances. However, if you are unable to participate in the program for physical reasons, there are many other ways to get involved!

2. Do I have to have horse experience?

Horse experience is not required to be a side walker. As long as you are willing to learn, we will teach you what you need to do.

To be a horse leader, some experience with horses is necessary, but the needed experience can be gained from volunteering as a side walker for awhile and getting some additional training at the center.

3. What qualities are you looking for in volunteers?

Patience is a good tool to have in your pocket along with focusing on the students and their needs, not our own wants and egos.

4. How does scheduling work?

You can either commit to coming on a specific day each week, which is a great way to build relationships with our riders, or you can sign up week by week for our Friday and Saturday classes. We use Signup genius for these Thursday and Saturday classes because not everyone can commit to a regular session. More information will be given at your orientation.

5. Which days and times do you run your program?

We have classes Monday through Saturday. Our school program runs Tuesday through Friday mornings for eight week sessions and our TR classes are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday mornings. This is subject to change, as we are always adding more opportunities to volunteer!

Steps to Volunteer in Lessons (Ages 14 and up)

Step 1:

Sign up for a volunteer orientation.

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Step 2:

Look over our volunteer manual.

Volunteer Manual

Step 3:

Print and fill out the volunteer application at the link below.

Volunteer Application

Step 4:

Bring your application with you when you attend the orientation! Also be sure to wear closed toed shoes and park in front of our education center, which has the guest entrance sign. We look forward to having you!