- 2 hours/week for 8 weeks
- 12+ with a parent until approved to work without parental supervision
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You don’t mind getting messy in the horse stable, working in the barn and with the horses. You like working behind the scenes and know that the work you do in the barn is what allows the work in the riding area to happen. You like to stay moving and see what you’ve accomplished at the end of your shift. You don’t need experience working with horses, as the basics are covered in orientation. If you have allergies to horses or hay, this probably isn’t a good fit for you. (A-CHOO!)
About Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding
Equest Center is one of only three therapeutic riding programs in Michigan that owns its own farm. The Grand Rapids facility is the only year-round facility in the area which is a critical piece for many individuals with disabilities. This helps to prevent regression and foster greater physical, mental, emotional, and social improvement and benefits experienced due to a consistent riding therapy schedule throughout the year.
What Others are Saying
“I started volunteering here because I love helping people and being around horses. I enjoy seeing relationships form, seeing the riders progress, and of course being around horses. It is a very rewarding place to volunteer.”Lisa
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding directly.
What to Expect
Email Katelyn to find out the date and time for the next monthly volunteer orientation. Even if you’ve worked with horses your whole life, the orientation helps get everyone on the same page. For two hours, you’ll learn the basics of horse leading, grooming, tacking, and sidewalking; a tour of the facility; and what to expect in an average class session. Once you sign some liability paperwork, you’ll be ready for your first shift.