Do you enjoy working with horses?  Do you like to interact with people of all ages and capabilities?  Yes!  Then you may enjoy being an equine assistant volunteer at TEC.  These volunteers work directly with our horses and riders during therapeutic riding lessons.

 

In general, these volunteers* must be able to:

  • Be active for 45 minutes, including walking and light jogging.

  • Work indoors and outdoors, in various weather extremes.

  • Follow fast-paced directions from the instructor.

  • Assist riders weighing up to 200 pounds.

 

Equine Assistant Volunteer Opportunities

 

Horse Leader

  • Responsible for leading the horse per the instructor’s directions.

  • Generally, have previous horse experience.

 

Sidewalker

  • Responsible for the rider.

  • Provide physical assistance and stabilization as necessary.

  • Communicate with the rider when appropriate, including verbal and non-verbal prompts.

 

Ring/Lesson Assistant

  • Responsible for supporting the instructor in delivering the lesson.

 

Horse Exerciser

  • Responsible for exercising the horses outside of normal lesson times.

  • Must be 16 years of age or older to fill this role.

 

Read the Volunteer Handbook for a complete description of these roles and your responsibilities as a TEC volunteer.

 

Ready to volunteer?  Complete the Volunteer Application

 

 

* Must be at least 14 years of age to volunteer at TEC.

Questions about volunteering?

Contact: Beth Christy

Call or text:  (269) 325-8833

E-mail:  beth.christy@yahoo.com

Equine Assistant

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