Volunteer Opportunities And Job Descriptions

At H&H there is a position for everyone. It may come as a surprise to you that not all volunteers are experienced equestrians. Certain tasks require horse experience, but that is not necessary in many other volunteer roles. Many of our volunteers begin with little or no experience, but through H&H’s hands-on educational opportunities, have gone on to become fine horse handlers.

Barn Team Member: - Daily turn out/in from pastures, stall cleaning, sweeping

Volunteer Age Limit – Barn Team --- 
  • Minimum Age:  8 years old
  • 1:1 adult to child ratio
  • Helmet required for 14 and under
  • Minimum Age:  14 years old for handling (leading) horses being led to/from pasture (or has been checked off to be a Horse Leader in classes) -- per PATH recommendation.

The sidewalker (either 1 or 2) walks to the side of the rider during class. The sidewalker’s primary responsibility is for the safety of the student during class. Sidewalker tasks include:
  • Greeting the student as he/she arrives
  • Remaining with the student and get his/her helmet fitted
  • Assisting the student in balancing on the horse, utilizing special holds
  • Following directions of the instructor during class and assisting the student only when needed to  promote independence
  • Understanding the special needs of each student
  • Mounting assists
  • Understanding safety and emergency procedures
Horse Handler:
The primary job of the horse handler is to deal with the horse, not the student.  Horse handler tasks include:
  • Grooming and tacking the horse before class
  • Maintaining control of the horse
  • Tack cleaning
  • Understanding horse body language and horse psychology
  • Working with instructor to make sure the correct horses/tack are ready for class (Advanced handlers)
***Horse handler requires special testing. If you have extensive horse experience and want to be a
horse handler, please contact the volunteer coordinator.

Camp Counselor/(Teen Leadership Program):
The purpose of this program is to provide motivated teens the opportunity to gain leadership experience and be a positive role model as a camp counselor for children who are enrolled in our camp programs.
Applicants must be at least 14 years of age with extensive horse knowledge. Click here for more info!

Other Ways To Help:
Because H&H is primarily a volunteer program, if you have any special skills, talents,
please let us know – you never know what help we might need.

Some of these include:
  • Office help
  • Accounting & Legal support
  • Fundraising & Computer skills
  • Facility repairs & maintenance; General Contracting
  • Artistic work & Photography
  • Serving on Advisory Boards or Committees
  • Musical skills & Entertainment
  • Public Relations
  • Special Projects from individual staff members
If you have any questions or just want to learn more about volunteering at Hearts & Horses please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@heartsandhorses.org  

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