Volunteers Make Medicine Horse Program Possible. Join our team!
There are three levels of volunteering and associated training. The first level is Orientation, where you learn about the organization and property. Then you can start mucking, cleaning tack, and fundraising.
The second level is to take the Equine Skills training, which teaches you how to groom the horses and turn them out in the morning and bring them in for the evening.
The third level is the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Horse Handling training. Our therapists introduce your to their work and show you what is needed for a horse handler to maintain safety during sessions.
Orientation is for everyone, then you choose your level of involvement! We can't wait to meet you!
To become a volunteer at Medicine Horse, please follow these steps:
Print and fill out the Volunteer Application.
Contact us to reserve a place in the next free Volunteer Orientation. Orientation is held on the third Saturday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m.
Background checks are required for all staff and volunteers. After Orientation, you will receive an email link from Background Information Services, Inc. (BISI) to complete a short form. Pay the fee of $21.25 on the BISI website.
After attending Orientation, let us know when you want to volunteer and you're in!
If you want to go beyond mucking and work with the horses or just learn about them, sign up for the Equine Skills training. You will learn the horse care skills, like grooming, necessary to pass our Horsemanship Evaluation.
These classes occur every other month on a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dates are listed on our Facebook Events page. Contact us find the next date and register. The cost is $50. Bring a sack lunch for a 30-minute lunch break.
EAP Horse Handling
The third level of volunteering is to handle the horses for group sessions. The EAP Horse Handling class provides an overview of EAP and experiential activities, as well as an explanation of the horse handler role. This training is available to volunteers, staff, and therapists who want to learn more about the horses and keeping them safe during sessions.
You must be comfortable haltering and leading horses to take this class. Taking the Equine Skills class prior to this training is highly recommended.
These classes occur every quarter on a Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dates are listed on our Facebook Events page. Contact us to find the next date and register. We need six participants to run the class, with a maximum of 20. The cost is $60. Bring a sack lunch for a 30-minute lunch break.
Muckers: We always need volunteers to assist with mucking (just a fancy word for removing manure from the horse stalls). Mucking is essential to keeping the facility clean and our horses healthy! Volunteers are needed 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orientation is required.
Groomers: Brush and clean hooves for the horses. Turn them out in the morning and bring them in each evening. Assist with other horse-related activities as needed. The Equine Skills class and Horsemanship Evaluation are required.
Horse Handling: Assist our facilitators with programs offered at Medicine Horse Program. Your job as a horse handler is to keep the horses and participants safe while assisting with class activities. The EAP Horse Handling class is required.
Other: We can use your help in all sorts of ways: answering phones, maintenance projects, community outreach, event planning, fundraising, and more. Get in touch to learn about all of our current opportunities! Orientation is required.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
At Medicine Horse Program, we strive to make volunteering worthwhile for you. We truly couldn't do what we do without our volunteers. Here are some of the extras you can enjoy:
Hanging with Horses - Monthly opportunities for all volunteers to come hang out with our horses, free of charge, in a supervised setting. Get to know the horses and people who make MHP a success! If you are a current volunteer, please join us at our next event to spend time with the horses and learn what EAP is all about first hand: Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
Grooming Club - Join us every Sunday at 10 a.m. to groom the horses.
Derby Day - Help us organize and run this fun event and several other yearly events.
Riding Lessons - Get reduced rates of $30 for one-hour lessons.