Do I need experience with horses to volunteer at Equestrian Therapy Co-Op?
No! We will teach you all you need to know. There is a lot to know, so the more you come back, the more you will learn (^_^).
Do I need experience with helping people with disabilities?
Again, no! Each rider is different and may require a different approach but we will show you techniques and tricks of what we found works best for each scenario.
What am I expected to do as a volunteer?
As a volunteer, we will ask you to perform a variety of tasks for the benefits of the horses, the riders and their families, including mucking (cleaning up the stalls and arena), grooming & tacking up the horses, setting up the games, leading a horse, assisting the rider and facilitate the games. Depending on your physical strength, this involves some lifting and pulling, walking/jogging.
Do I have to commit to a minimum period of time?
You do not need to commit to a set period of time. However, it is easier for scheduling purposes to know as early as possible which days you are able to come. If you are unable to be present for a whole morning, that is fine too, we just need to know.
What should I wear?
A pair of sturdy closed toe shoes is essential! No sandals or flip-flops! We recommend wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen and/or dress according to the weather.
Do I need to bring anything?
Only a friendly attitude and the willingness to help others! While we do have a water fountain, you may want to bring your own water bottle, coffee/tea and/or snacks (although we occasionally have donuts (^_^)).
What if I have allergies?
Unfortunately Equestrian Therapy Co-Op may not be the right place for you as you will encounter several allergens such as horses, dust and pollen.
Can I volunteer as a minor?
In order to volunteer you must have a written authorization from a parent or legal guardian. We usually ask that you be 15 or older.
How long is a day of volunteering?
We run lessons on Sundays in the morning only. Our volunteer hours during those days are currently from 8.30AM to about 12.45PM unless we specifically communicate otherwise.
Will I get the chance to ride?
While it may not always be possible, we do our best to offer our volunteers the opportunity to ride our amazing horses.