- 2 hours/week for 8 weeks
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You’re naturally encouraging. You feel comfortable guiding a rider of any age or ability through their lesson, giving instruction and support along the way and helping the rider follow directions. You can easily strike a good balance between teaching and encouraging. You’re willing to adapt to each new riding situation: the weather, the rider, the number of horses in the arena. You naturally encourage people and you like doing this type of work that will allow a rider to shine. This won’t work well for you if you’re allergic to horses.
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 because of my love for horses and helping kids. The riders are a great treat to work with, as well as the kind and considerate staff at Equest. I never expected to be so involved in the organization. The friendships I have made with the riders have been a huge highlight. Come to Equest for fun, hard work and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment!”Dan
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.