Volunteer Opportunities

How to Apply

Before you can volunteer with any Horse SenseAbility program (other than Stable Moments), you must complete and submit our online Volunteer Packet. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.

 

If you want to be a mentor with Stable Moments for the '22-'23 school year, please fill out the online Stable Moments Mentor Packet instead. You must be at least 21 years old to be a mentor.

You must review our Volunteer Manual and sign the Volunteer Manual Statement of Completion before you can start volunteering.

Also, review and sign our updated COVID Protocol.

Note that due to COVID we currently are not accepting any new volunteers. However, please feel free to apply so we can add you to our waiting list.

Volunteers and kids standing together holding Horse SenseAbiliity T-Shirts

There are roles we typically need volunteers for:

Barn/farm helpers work directly with staff to care for the horses and keep their environment safe and clean.

Horse leaders steer and manage the horse during a lesson as needed. The horse leader is responsible for the horse not the rider and must pay attention not only to the instructor's directions but also be aware of the entire team. A leader must have significant, recent experience with horses.

Side walkers provide physical and emotional support to the rider as needed. A side walker must have significant, recent experience with horses.

Horsemanship helpers assist participants doing unmounted therapeutic activities such as grooming, learning about equine body language, doing arts and crafts and engaging in educational games.

Stable Moments mentors meet 1-on-1 weekly for an hour with the same participant and horse for an entire school year. Horse SenseAbility provides special training, activities and ongoing support to mentors. Stable Moments mentors must be at least 21 years old. Experience with horses is not required.

Office helpers assist staff by doing administrative tasks, organizing an event, posting on social media, fundraising and networking with local organizations. Volunteers with special skills are encouraged to let us know about your talents. Office helpers must be at least 16 years old.

Volunteering is a great way for high school students to perform community service hours!