Opportunities are available at HorseTalk for volunteers aged sixteen and up to participate in all aspects of our program, depending on the level of horse experience demonstrated. For students, we will work with your school or college to assist you in aquiring extra credit for participating in the Hippotherapy program. Training is required for all volunteers.
Leading - At the direction of the therapist, the Leader is responsible for controlling the horse's movements around the ring and on the sensory trail while the patients are riding. Horse experience is required.
Sidewalking - These volunteers walk beside the horse while the patient is riding around the ring and on the sensory trail to provide safety, overall support and to participate in activities as directed by the therapist.
Tack Maintenance - These volunteers are responsible for cleaning, oiling, inspecting tack and equipment used on the horse. He/she would also assist in maintaining a neat tack room, folding and organizing blankets, pads, cleaning and inspecting helmets, happy belts, leads, etc., and making sure the portable supply container is stocked with the needed, brushes, picks, lotions, etc., under the supervision of the Horse Leader.
Therapy Prop Care - These volunteers are responsible for inspecting, cleaning and maintaining toys and other therapy props used in the arena, under the supervision of the Horse Leader.
Special Projects - These volunteers assist with horse shows, exhibitions, educational programs, public awareness seminars, capital projects at the stables, etc.. under the supervision of the Horse Leader and Director.
Fundraising - These volunteers bring HorseTalk to the community, raising funds for scholarships, equipment and horse care.
Internships - These volunteers participate to enhance their program of study, i.e. Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists.
Volunteer Workshops - Will be scheduled to prepare the volunteer and expose them to all aspects of equine assisted programs.