Our volunteers are one of the program’s most valuable resources! We have many opportunities, from assisting with riding lessons, feeding and caring for our herd, and facility maintenance! We have seen from experience that volunteers can be instrumental in caring for our herd and making a positive difference in the lives of our students! Prior horse experience is helpful but not required. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and an online and in-person training before becoming an ECL volunteer.
A program volunteer will assist our instructors in therapeutic horseback riding lessons and field trips. Volunteers will help with preparation before the lesson, such as getting horses out of the paddocks, grooming, and saddling. During the lesson, there are two opportunities including leading the horse or sidewalking to assist with student balance and confidence.
The leader is responsible for helping to control the horse as the student learns how to steer. A sidewalker walks in close proximity to the side of the rider and horse and in some cases, may need to assist the rider with their balance. Sidewalkers can also give the rider a sense of security while in the saddle, thus helping to build the rider's confidence.
Herd Care Volunteers
A herd care volunteer is responsible for feeding horses, keeping their paddocks clean, and checking for potential hazards. With our horses needing 24/7 care there are AM and PM shifts every day of the week!
At the Equine Center for Learning, our top priority is our students and our horses. However, we could never accomplish our goals in these spaces without functioning and well maintained facilities. As such, on top of our daily lessons and field trips, we have many chores that need to be completed around the farm. Examples include driving a tractor to move hay, moving manure, fixing fences, dragging the arena, painting, and electrical work. Our maintenance volunteers help keep the Equine Center for Learning running smoothly, efficiently, and looking it’s best!
Thinking volunteering at the Equine Center for Learning is for you? To be sure that this is a good fit for everyone involved and to ensure that every volunteer is scheduled in a space that works best for them, the Equine Center for Learning has a three-step intake process!
1. FILL OUT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
Please fill out the volunteer application below.
2. BACKGROUND CHECKS
To volunteer you must also complete an online background check linked below.
3. VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Once we have received your volunteer application and background check then we can get you signed up for a volunteer orientation! At orientation you will get a tour of the facility, learn more about the volunteer opportunities, and get an introduction into basic horse handling skills.
After you complete your volunteer orientation, you will be able to sign up for the shifts that works best for you!