We want you to join our herd of volunteers.

As a volunteer at Healing with Horses Ranch you become a part of our herd and a vital piece to increasing independence and resilience through the power of the horse for at risk youth, veterans, and people with disabilities. 

Post orientation and prior to lesson volunteering or feed team volunteering we require all volunteers to commit 10 hours to facilities and/or administrative based volunteering.  We also provide a facilities safety training in order to operate equipment such as our tractor and mule.

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Volunteer Orientation sessions occur every Saturday from 10:45 to 11:45. Join our Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Higgins, at our barn for a tour of our property, a brief summary of safety protocol and to submit required paperwork (Liability Release, Photo Consent, Rules and Regulations). 

Currently, participation is capped at 5 individuals per weekend; signups will occur first-come-first-serve (see below for available dates). Masks and social distancing will be enforced throughout the entirety of the orientation.

  • Facilities Team Volunteer
  • Lesson Team Volunteer
  • Feed Team Volunteers

A Facilities Team Volunteer supports our Volunteer Coordinator in maintaining and improving our beautiful facility. This position is flexible and be either aa recurring commitment or project based commitment. 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14 years old with parent supervisor or 16+
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Healing with Horses Ranch Volunteer Orientation. 
  • Must attend all applicable trainings (like Tractor Training) to use Ranch tools, vehicles, and other property. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Communicate with the Volunteer Coordinator schedule to volunteer and start and completion of facilities projects.
  • Properly store and care for Ranch tools, vehicles, and other property when used for facilities projects. 
  • Alert staff to facilities needs and emergent failures in fencing or other essential facility feature. 

REWARDS

  • Learning how to use a tractor, riding lawn mower, power tools, and more. 
  • Get away from an urban environment and work with your hands. 
  • Start and complete land management and carpentry projects.
  • Work by yourself or with a team. You choose.

A Lesson Team Volunteer supports our PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRI) in weekly lessons while serving as a role model and mentor for program participants. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week. It is ideal that lesson volunteers can commit to the same lesson time every week. 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14 years old with parent supervisor or 16+
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Healing with Horses Ranch Volunteer Orientation.
  • Have the ability to walk and stand for 1.5 hours or more. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants.
  • Provide a safe environment for participants by assisting the CTRI ensure safe practices with horses. 
  • Assist the CTRI by encouraging the riders to stretch, grow and develop to their fullest potential.
  • When in the role of Horse Handlers, advocating and communicating the needs of the horse thus maintaining a safe environment for the participant.

REWARDS

  • Being a role model and mentor to someone with a disability or an at-risk youth. 
  • Learning about horsemanship and therapeutic riding. 
  • Partnering with horses. 

A Feed Team Volunteer supports our Equine Manager by preforming weekly AM or PM horse care duties that including feeding, mucking stalls, and other seasonal horse care.  Feed Team Volunteers work our teams in 2 -4 and start at 8am for AM feedings and 5pm for PM feedings.  This position entails approximately 1 - 1.5 hours per week. It is ideal that Feed Team volunteers can commit to the same feed time every week. 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14 years old with parent supervisor or 16+.
  • Must consent to and complete a background check.
  • Must attend Healing with Horses Ranch Volunteer Orientation.
  • Have the ability manage tasks independently. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare and feed the daily AM or PM feed regiment to Healing with Horse Ranch Herd. 
  • Clean and organize stalls, barn isle, and feed room after every feeding. 
  • Ensure all stall and pasture waters are full, fresh, and accessible to the herd. 
  • Alert the staff members of possible horse health concerns (cuts, rashes, signs lameness, signs of illness, or unusual behaviors).

REWARDS

  • Getting to spend time with horses. 
  • Learning about horse care and horsemanship. 
  • Meeting new people through volunteering on a team.