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 8:30am and 5pm, and active volunteers must commit to at least one hour per week for an eight-week session. 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.
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.
Weekend Chore Help: Volunteers are utilized for weekend horse care duties on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend chore helpers feed horses, ensure waterers are functioning correctly, and alert staff to any inconsistencies or injuries. They may also bring horses in during inclement weather. Weekend chore helpers must have horse experience and knowledge.
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. Long-term volunteers will be required to attend a Refresher course annually in order to keep an active volunteer status. At that time we will also ask you to update your personal and contact information as well as undergo an annual criminal background check. Notifications of upcoming sessions will be sent to volunteers as they are scheduled.