HorsePower provides equestrian lessons and therapies to individuals of all ages with physical, emotional or physical challenges. There are three different programs, including therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, and ground work.
Volunteers are required for all of the HorsePower programs and consist of two types – Leaders and Sidewalkers. All lessons are held Monday through Thursday between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, and active volunteers must commit to at least one hour per week for an eight week session. HorsePower volunteers do not ride. Rather, they ensure hundreds of great rides for our very special participants!
If you would like to volunteer, the next HorsePower Volunteer Training is:
July 27th, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at the barn!
(Please wear close-toed shoes to training!)
If you cannot make it to the training, please call 605.251.1685 for more information on scheduling your training or attending our next monthly training.
HorsePower Volunteer Opportunities:
Leaders: Volunteers lead the horses while the participants ride during their lessons. Leaders must be at least 14 years old and have knowledge and experience with horses. The leader may be asked to halter the horses, lead and tie, help with tacking, and pick out the horses’ feet. During the lesson, they maintain control of the horse to help with the rider’s lesson and ensure their safety.
Sidewalker: Volunteers walk alongside the horses while the participants ride during their lessons and offer support to the rider from the ground. Sidewalkers must be at least 14 years old and experience with horses is not necessary. The sidewalker helps the rider with grooming and tacking, and may be asked to help with mounting. During the lesson, they help the riders understand the tasks they are doing and offer encouragement, stimulation, and support.
Chore Help: HorsePower relies on volunteers to help with cleanup and maintenance around the barn. Typically this is done after the last lesson of the day, concluding at 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Chore helpers clean stalls, fill water buckets, wipe down surfaces and sweep after the lessons have concluded. Horse experience and knowledge is not required.
Weekend Chore Help: Volunteers are utilized for weekend horse care duties on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend chore helpers feed horses, ensure waterers are functioning correctly, and alert staff to any inconsistencies and injuries. They may also bring horses in during inclement weather. Weekend chore helpers must have horse experience and knowledge.
Special Event/Project Help: Volunteers may assist HorsePower with special events and special projects on an as needed basis. Needs are communicated through the HorsePower website, the HorsePower Facebook site and through text messages.
Returning and Long -Term Volunteers: Has it been a while since you volunteered? No problem! Volunteer Refresher Trainings are offered throughout the year in order to promote a safe and rewarding experience for our riders and volunteers. Long-term volunteers will be required to attend a Refresher course annually in order to keep an active volunteer status. At that time we will also ask you to update your personal and contact information as well as undergo an annual criminal background check. Notifications of upcoming sessions will be sent to volunteers as they are scheduled.
Printable Flyer: HorsePower Volunteer Opportunities
Get right to the fun part! Please print and fill out these 3 Volunteer Forms and bring them with you to the barn to expedite your volunteer experience.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator with any additional questions!
Email: OfficeAdmin@HorsePowerSF.com Phone: 605.251.1685