Become a Volunteer
How do I Volunteer?
You must call to book an orientation session if you are interested in volunteering. Orientation session dates are scheduled as needed – usually every other month.
Who is the Volunteer?
Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of a safe, successful therapeutic riding program. Volunteers are giving people with an interest in helping others. They are able to commit to the same time each week throughout the 12 week session.
Basic Requirements for a Volunteer
- 14 years old
- Current VSS (Vulnerable Sector Screening) police clearance.
- A desire to assist riders with disabilities to fulfill their goals and realize their potential.
- Attend an orientation before starting. Commitment to regular attendance for the entire session is very important in providing continuity for the rider.
- Volunteers should be comfortable around horses but it is not necessary to have a high level of horsemanship skills.
- Volunteers should have a reasonable level of fitness. Able to walk briskly for 45 minutes to an hour and able to jog for short distances (length of the arena) with arm at shoulder height.
- Clothing: Footwear is very important. Shoes should have low heels and closed toes, be sturdy so that they protect the feet from horses’ hooves and should provide good stability on rough surfaces. A pair of waterproof boots may be required for wet weather. Volunteers should wear long pants. (Walking shorts are acceptable in hot weather.) Skirts and dresses are not suitable. Short jackets for cold weather, no long coats; and gloves, not mittens.
- Jewellery, such as earrings and bracelets, can get caught in tack or inadvertently grabbed by a rider and create a dangerous and painful situation. Strong perfume can be very irritating to a horse’s sensitive nose. Please refrain from wearing these things to the barn.
- Long hair MUST be tied back.