Volunteers are required for all of the HorsePower programs and consist of two types - Leaders and Sidewalkers. All lessons are held Monday through Thursday between 9am and 5pm (with the exception of extended summer session hours), and active volunteers must commit to at least one hour per week for an eight-week session. Substitute volunteers are under no minimum hour obligation, they are added to a group message program in which we send out times that we need someone to 'fill in' if they can. HorsePower volunteers do not ride, they ensure hundreds of great rides for our very special participants!
HorsePower Volunteer Opportunities
Leaders: Volunteers lead the horses while the participants ride during their lessons. Leaders must be at least 14 years old and have knowledge and experience with horses. The leader may be asked to halter the horses, lead and tie, help tacking and pick out the horses' feet. During the lesson, they maintain control of the horse to help with the rider's lesson and ensure their safety.
Sidewalker: Volunteers walk alongside the horses while the participants ride during their lessons and offers support to the rider from the ground. Sidewalkers must be at least 14 years old, experience with horses is not necessary. The sidewalker helps the rider with grooming and tacking, and may be asked to help with mounting. During the lesson, they help the riders understand the tasks they are doing and offer encouragement, stimulation and support.
Lead Volunteers: In the spring of 2020 we will be adding a tier to our volunteer group and asking a few long-time volunteers to be "Lead Volunteers." This group of volunteers will receive additional training such as weekend chores, barn tours, emergency procedures, etc. Additional responsibilities may be asked of these volunteers--responsibilities outside of daily lesson help. If you are interested in switching up your volunteering role, please contact Jocelyn for more details on becoming a Lead Volunteer.
Chore Help: HorsePower relies on volunteers to help with cleanup and maintenance around the barn. Typically this is done after the last lesson of the day, concluding at 5:00pm Monday through Thursday. Chore helpers clean stalls, empty water buckets, wipe down dusty surfaces, sweep, and take out the garbage. Horse experience and knowledge is not required.
Special Event/Project Help: Volunteers may assist HorsePower with special events and special projects on an as needed basis. Needs are communicated through the HorsePower website, Facebook page and text messages.
Returning and Long-Term Volunteers: Has it been a while since you volunteered? No problem! Volunteer Refresher Trainings are offered throughout the year in order to promote a safe and rewarding experience for our riders and volunteers.