Special Equestrians could not function without the amazing volunteers who help us run our program and care for our horses. Over 270 volunteers provided more than 9,600 hours of service in 2011. Below are the many ways you can be involved.
Side-Walker: The role of the side-walker is to assist the rider with their position and balance and to relay directions from the instructor. You are our eyes, ears and voice. The rider will look to you for support and guidance throughout the lesson. They will come to depend on you for security. You are vital to the success, safety, and well being of the rider.
Horse-Handler: The role of the Horse-Handler is to groom and tack horses before class and, as needed, to lead them during lessons. You are the "safety net" for our riders, and our instructors rely on you to make sure the horses are responsive to the cues the riders are giving them and under control at all times. Horse-Handlers generally must serve at least one term as a Side-Walker. In addition, you must be familiar with horses and horse behavior and be confident working around them.
Other needs include:
Advanced Volunteer Opportunities:
Session Leader: Responsible for management of volunteers and assisting with students in preparation for class. Requirements for all session leaders include:
Horse Care: Horse Care Volunteers are those individuals who show exceptional dependability. They are responsible for feeding the horses, turning them out, cleaning stalls, and maintaining the cleanliness of the stable.