Volunteers Make Medicine Horse Possible.

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Getting Started

We couldn’t offer the valuable services that we do without the help of our many volunteers. There are many ways to volunteer with Medicine Horse from regular stall mucking, to horse handling, to various facility improvement projects. To become a volunteer at Medicine Horse, please follow these steps:

  1. Please read through the different levels of volunteering, then fill out the online Volunteer Application (link below).

  2. 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. and is required for all volunteers

  3. 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. Background check fees are paid by the volunteer applicant, enabling more of our funding to go toward animal care and Medicine Horse programs.

After reading through this page completely please complete a Volunteer Application form.

Level On - Basic Volunteer Opportunities: After the attending a Volunteer Orientation class and completing the background check, you can start helping by mucking stalls, or with administration and office tasks (please see additional opportunities section below for non-mucking ways Level One volunteers can help).

Stall mucking is a vital element of horse care. This role is physically demanding. Volunteers should be capable of bending, scooping, lifting and standing for extended periods of time. Please note that Level One volunteers will not have direct access to horses. In order to work with the horses you need pass the Equine Skills class and progress to Level Two. This is to keep our horses, and you, safe.

Level One volunteer hours for mucking are 9am- noon daily. .

Level Two - Equine Skills: The second level is to take the Equine Skills training, which teaches basic horse communication signals so that you can safely groom the horses and help staff turn them out in the morning and bring them in for the evening.

Level Two volunteers are still welcome to help with mucking, but can also help with turnout (9am - 10am) and bringing in (3pm - 4pm).

Level Three - Horse Handling: 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.

Equine Skills

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 the first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact us to find the next date and to register if you don't want to pay online.  Otherwise, click the box below to get signed up! The cost is $50.

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EAP Horse Handling

The third level of volunteering is to handle the horses for group sessions. The Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (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. This class is four hours long and is offered every other month. 

Please note, the Level Two: Equine Skills class prior to this training is required and volunteers must spend at least five hours as a Level Two volunteer before being eligible for this training. You must be comfortable haltering and leading horses to take this class and familiar with the Medicine Horse herd.

Please contact us to find the next date and register if you do not want to pay online.  Otherwise, click the box below to sign up and pay. We need six participants to run the class, with a maximum of 20. The cost is $65. Bring a sack lunch for a 30-minute lunch break.

Contact us at volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.org for more information on upcoming trainings.

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Additional Volunteer Opportunities

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.



Volunteer Perks

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.

  • Derby Day - Help us organize and run this fun event and several other yearly events.

  • Fall Benefit - Help us plan for our annual fall benefit, held in October.

Community Service

For information on community service hours, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. It may take up to 7 days for us to process community service applications, so we advise that you contact us well before your hours are due to be completed.

No time for volunteering? There are many ways to donate! Visit our donations page!

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