Leaders and side-walkers are needed for all of our classes.
The leader's responsibility is the horse at all times, which means that they maintain the horse's pace, calmness, and focus while allowing the client to do as much as he or she is able. This role is perfect for those that are familiar with horses, or are interested in learning how to work with a horse.
The side-walker's role is to help the client with balance and reinforce instructions in the lesson. The side-walker's responsibility is the client: Interpreting instructions, providing physical support, offering encouragement, and supervising. This role is perfect for those that enjoy interacting with the client hands on.
Barn helpers are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness, orderliness, and function of the barn as well as individual horse stalls, paddocks, and arenas.
Activities include mucking stalls, cleaning water buckets, feeding and haying the therapy horse herd, sweeping the barn aisles, cleaning out the cross ties and wash stalls, turning out and bringing in the horses from paddocks, and assisting the facilities manager with subsequent projects or tasks.
This role is perfect for those with varying schedules, or prefer taking care of the horses.
Barn helpers are needed seven days a week in the morning (7-9 a.m.) and afternoons (3-4 p.m.) - especially on holidays.
Barn helpers do not need to schedule work hours, but are welcome to pop in when time permits.
Tasks vary depending on the needs of our staff, but can include database entry, mailings, preparing for events, researching recruiting events and grants, etc.
If you have a particular skill that you are interested in donating, please contact Ellie Grant.
We are looking for skill-based volunteers in the following areas:
Database entry and maintenance - experience in Salesforce, Excel, or similar programs preferred, but not necessary
Volunteer recruitment - knowledge of Dallas and the surrounding areas is helpful; desire to actively seek out potential volunteers or partner organizations and companies in the area; experienced Equest volunteer comfortable speaking to potential volunteers at recruiting events