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.

Volunteering in Lessons

We need up to nine volunteers in order to have a thirty minute lesson for three riders.

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.

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! Click here for more 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.