Volunteer Information

Become a Volunteer and help with lessons and horse care

Volunteering to work with horses and the disabled is a great way to give back to your community and experience the joy of working with animals while helping others. No previous experience with horses is necessary, we’ll train you for free. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.

Link to Forms: Volunteer Forms and Information
Link to our Volunteer-Flyer (one page PDF, post it to advertise our volunteer program)

Volunteer Calendar – Click this link to get to the Volunteer Calendar (you have to know the password for the calendar)

Volunteer News

Volunteer Training:

  • New Volunteer training class to be held on the second Saturday of each month from 9am to 11am (2017: Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9).
  • We will hold a CURRENT VOLUNTEER training session at 11am until noon each second Saturday also.  Each month we will cover something new and we will send out an email beforehand to let you know the topics for each month.
  • Directions and Map Link

Steps to get started volunteering with us:

  1. Call us at (614) 318-5781 or send us an e-mail at stockhandshorsesforhealing@gmail.com and let us know you are interested in helping us and to set up a visit to the stables to see us in action.
  2. Download the required forms and bring them with you when you visit: Volunteer forms and information are in PDF format and can be downloaded and printed at your convenience.
  3. Attend the a volunteer training session (see session schedule below).

Types of Volunteers Needed:

  • Barn Assistant – duties will include acting as a stable hand (stall cleaning, haying, watering, other duties) and Groomers (grooming and tacking the horse for lessons)
  • Side Walker – duties will include assisting riders who are not able to maintain a secure/safe position on the horse. Side walkers may provide riders with stability, sensory input, position assistance etc.
  • Leader – the horse leader must understand equine behavior and become the alpha in the herd by setting boundaries from the moment they take control of the horse. Additional responsibilities are detailed in the forms to be downloaded.
  • Other Roles – There are other things with which volunteers can help. Ask us about how you can help or download the Volunteer Role Descriptions document.

Volunteers must be able to commit to a regular schedule for a fixed period of time. This is usually one to two hours for an 8 week lesson program (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter). See the lesson schedule for dates. If you can’t commit to one of the group programs, we will gladly work with what time you have to offer to help us with private lessons or barn duties.