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Donating your time, knowledge, and skills at Medicine Horse is more than your average volunteer opportunity; it allows you to become a part of a mission to improve the lives of others. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and an integral aspect of all our programs and activities. Each day brings our volunteers a chance to help others and be a part of a compassionate and fun community. 

 

We always have plenty of volunteer opportunities! Whatever interest, talent, or gift you are willing to share may be, your time is appreciated and will be put to good use. 

 

Have questions about volunteering at Medicine Horse? Email us at volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.org

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Barn Crew

Responsibilities

  • Mucking (cleaning pens)

  • Cleaning and filling water troughs

  • Filling hay bags

  • Sweeping

  • Helping with small projects as needed

Onboarding Process

  1. Submit a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

  2. Check your inbox for our welcome email. Be sure to look in your spam folder(s) and please add volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.org to your contacts to help ensure our volunteer communications reach your inbox.

  3. Attend an orientation

Requirements

  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs.

  • Arrive in proper attire, including work gloves and boots

  • Must be comfortable with physical labor 

  • Courteous and willing to address the most pressing needs

Once you complete five volunteer shifts, our Barn Manager can decide to give you a clearance to go on to be a volunteer lead, assisting with moving animals or handling horses during our group therapy if it is something you would like to do!

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HorseHands

Medicine Horse accepts a limited number of horse handler volunteers each year.  These roles are a vitally important part of our team and therapy groups and require a strong background of horse experience and self-awareness to keep clients safe while allowing them the space to participate in therapy without additional input beyond that of the therapists.   Due to compliance laws, horse handlers are required to pass a background check in addition to passing Medicine Horse's written and practical hands-on tests. Due to our limited staff, we cannot provide basic equine skills training at our facility; however, we do train the Horse Hands Team volunteers on our type of work and how we support clients with horses.

Responsibilities

  • Catch, halter, and lead a variety of horses in a variety of settings with direction from the group facilitator

  • Read horse behavior and take appropriate action during a group to maintain safety for self, horses, and participants

  • Use neutral and reflective language with participants (this will be covered further in the training)

  • Work as a team with other horse handlers, facilitators, and students

  • Gather and put away equipment used during the session

  • Maintain mental and emotional regulation and awareness, and communicate clearly what is needed if that isn’t possible

  • Communicate about absences and seek a replacement if possible 

 

Requirements

  • Horse experience with a variety of horses 

  • Ability and willingness to learn and apply relational horsemanship and natural horsemanship principles

  • Self-awareness around triggers and issues that might come up during a group 

 

Onboarding Process

  1. Submit a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

  2. Submit a HORSE HANDS WRITTEN TEST

  3. Check your inbox for our welcome email. Be sure to look in your spam folder (s) and please add volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.org to your contacts to help ensure our volunteer communications reach your inbox.

  4. Pass background check. Please remember that the background check cost is $20+tax. If you need assistance covering the fee, reach out to us at volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.org.

  5. Complete a 4-hour horse handler training and horse skills assessment.

  6. Attend one group as an observer.

  7. Attend one “horse time” session to practice skills and receive feedback.

  8. Commit to 6-8 weeks of sessions for 3 hours per session.

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Mktg/Admi Team
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You can help us with:

  • Creating marketing content for our social media

  • Web design & maintenance 

  • Photography, videography, video editing

  • Graphic design/printed media

  • Database management

  • Event planning and preparation

Requirements

  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public 

  • Willing to take initiative 

  • Detail-oriented 

  • Respect and maintain the confidentiality of Medicine Horse clients, volunteers, partners, and donors 

  • Computer skills are desired but not necessary

  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

Onboarding Process

  1. Submit a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

  2. Check your inbox for our welcome email. Be sure to look in your spam folder(s) and please add volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.org to your contacts to help ensure our volunteer communications reach your inbox.

  3. Send an email to volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.com to schedule a tour at Medicine Horse and discuss how you can help.

These guidelines were developed in accordance with Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) guildelines to create a safe, respectful environment for clients, volunteers, horses, and therapists at Medicine Horse (MH). 

Safety and confidentiality are always our primary concerns for

clients, volunteers, horses, staff, and anyone on the property. 

THERAPEUTIC ENVIRONMENT. Most of the areas at MH, including the office, are used for therapy. When entering MH property, please be mindful that a session may be in progress. If a therapist is with anyone while you are on the property, please pass quietly without interrupting.

 

DRIVE SLOWLY AT 5 MPH at all times you are on our property.

 

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. Instructions and phone numbers for emergencies are posted in the barn and on the Medicine Horse office door. The office is located near the front door and the phone is on the desk inside. If there is an emergency and you must enter the office while a session is in progress, knock first and wait for the door to be opened. Please note: the office phone is to be used only for emergencies.

COMMUNITY. We are a safe and inclusive environment and expect our volunteers to uphold these values while working with Medicine Horse.

 

NO SMOKING. No use of tobacco, smokeless tobacco, or vaping products on the Medicine Horse property, please.

ALCOHOL/DRUG USE. Volunteering around horses requires a clear head. Please do not use drugs or alcohol before or during your time volunteering. If we suspect that you are under the influence, we will ask you to leave the property.

PARKING. Please park in designated areas only. Do not park on the grass or block the roadway. If you are parked anywhere on the drive where an emergency response vehicle can not get through, please move your car behind the white gates.

OUTSIDE ANIMALS. Other than service animals, no outside animals are permitted on the Medicine Horse property, including in parked cars. Please leave your furry companions at home.

INSURANCE. Medicine Horse's insurance covers only participants enrolled in our programs and those scheduled to be on the property. Any family members or friends that would like to participate in volunteering MUST complete the volunteer application, liability release, and be scheduled to volunteer.

  

HORSE SAFETY.

  • ​Do not turnout without permission from the staff.

  • Do not leave gates open.

  • Do not feed the horses or offer treats, even if they act hungry (they always act hungry). Overfeeding can cause colic and kill a horse.

  • Do not remove a horse from a stall

  • Always wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and work gloves.

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