Horse Handlers and Sidewalkers

“Volunteers …. Priceless.”

 

Get much more than you give. Volunteers are the life blood of Special Strides. Without our very special volunteers we would not be able to operate. Our volunteers help take care of our horses, insure the safety of our students, and provide assistance in our office.Volunteers usually come to the farm once weekly for 2-3 hour time slots. Volunteer workshops are held throughout the year to provide initial and ongoing training for all of our volunteers-new or experienced. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Horse handlers must have prior experience with horse management. It is a perfect opportunity to fulfill community service requirements for schools, religious affiliations or colleges. It is also a wonderful opportunity for individuals looking to pursue careers in occupational/physical/speech therapy, education, psychology, equine industry and medicine. Our volunteers should be comfortable interacting with children, animals and nature.

 

megan leading 350

Horse Management Responsibilities
  • Leading horse during the lesson or treatment session
  • Grooming horses
  • Preparation of horses for lesson or treatment session
  • Cleaning tack and barn
  • Conditioning of horses

 

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Lesson and Treatment Session Responsibilities
  • Sidewalking during lessons and treatment sessions
  • Assist therapist
  • Singing songs, playing with toys, etc.
  • Maintaining safe environment for horse/therapist/instructor

Please contact our volunteer coordinator Susie Rehr  or call the office at 732-446-0945 for more information.