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VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers Make Medicine Horse Possible.

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The safety of our community is always our top priority and while we are slowly reopening to small, physically distanced therapy sessions, we have paused all in-person volunteer activity through the remainder of 2020 due to continuing concerns around the spread of COVID-19. We do not anticipate opening up the facility to volunteers until Spring 2021. However, we do still have a need for volunteer support that can be done remotely and from the safety of your own home. Please see volunteer openings below for more information. 

Current Volunteer Openings

  • Events and Marketing Volunteer Team: If you enjoy planning online and in-person events, getting creative with marketing ideas, writing newsletters, social media strategy, or are otherwise interested in helping spread the word about the work Medicine Horse does, we can use your help! Our Events and Marketing Volunteer Team typically meets at least once a month to brainstorm fun ideas, plan events, help support the development of marketing collateral, and tell horse jokes. If this sounds like fun to you, please join us! Complete an application and then send an email with "Events and Marketing Volunteer Team" in the subject line to volunteercoordinator@medicinehorse.org

Volunteer Guidelines

These guidelines were developed in order to create a safe, respectful environment for clients, volunteers, horses, and therapists at Medicine (MH).  

Horse safety:  

  • Volunteers never feed horses hay or grain, even if they act hungry (they always act hungry). Overfeeding can colic and kill a horse. 

  • Do not remove a horse from a stall or turnout without permission from staff.

 

Therapeutic Environment:  

  • Most of the areas at MH (as well as 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, pass quietly without interrupting.  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.

 

Scheduling:  

  • All volunteer time must be within scheduled open times. Volunteers may only be on the property as scheduled and may not stop by randomly, bring visitors, etc. 

  • Please arrive thirty minutes prior to start time for classes, events, sessions, etc and plan to stay a few minutes afterward to clean up, put horses away, etc.

 

Age Requirement:  Children under 18 must volunteer with a parent or guardian.  

Safety:  

Safety is always our primary concern for clients, volunteers, horses and anyone on the property.  Please observe the following policies:

1.  Do not leave gates open.

2.  Do not feed the horses or offer treats. 

3. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and work gloves

Horse-Handling Evaluation:  

In order to work with our horses in any capacity (i.e. assist in classes, therapy sessions, programs, grooming and schooling, etc) Medicine Horse requires that you complete the Equine Skills Training offered once a month.  Even if you have years of equine experience, it is still important to standardize all handling procedures and to become familiar with Medicine Horse horses, Medicine Horse philosophy relative to horse-handling, etc. Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated with our horses.  Additional trainings may be provided to ensure that all volunteers act in accordance with Medicine Horse horse handling procedures. 

Emergency Information:  Instructions and phone numbers for emergencies are posted in the barn and on on the office door. The phone is in the Medicine Horse office on the desk near the front door.  Please note: the office phone is to be used only for emergencies.

Volunteer sign-in:  Whenever you are volunteering on the property, please log your hours on the sign in sheet in the central program barn.   

NO SMOKING on the Medicine Horse property, please.

Drugs/Alcohol: Volunteering with and around horses requires a clear head. Please do not use drugs or alcohol prior to or while volunteering. If we suspect that you are under the influence we will ask you to leave the property.

Parking:  Please do not park on the east side of the drive (ruins drainage pipes). Do not block the large white gates on the southwest side. That is the access for emergency vehicles to get to the arena in case of a riding accident. If you are parked anywhere on the drive and a firetruck can not get through, please move your car behind the white gates.

Dogs:  We all love dogs, but please leave them at home.  Dogs are not allowed on the Medicine Horse property. Dogs may NOT be left in parked cars.

Paperwork: All volunteers must complete the volunteer application, and sign the liability release, confidentiality policy, background check notification form and authorization for emergency medical treatment before volunteering.

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES of MEDICINE HORSE

Participant/Volunteer rules and regulations in accordance with Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)

  • SAFETY AND CONFIDENTIALITY.   No participant is allowed beyond the white front entry gates without supervision of Medicine Horse staff or designated volunteer from the time they arrive until the time they leave.

No family members, visitors, friends, parents, guardians, etc. are allowed to accompany participants or volunteers beyond the front gates while classes are being conducted and must stay in the front parking lot areas.  This is due to Medicine Horse client confidentiality policies and privacy issues surrounding Equine Assisted Psychotherapy . The only exception will be for special events and will be at the discretion of the Executive Director or Therapist/Instructor.

No running or shouting is allowed anywhere on the premises.  All participants must wear approved riding helmets, long pants, closed toed shoes and comfortable appropriate clothing for existing weather conditions.  Boots with a heel are recommended and helmets will be provided by Medicine Horse. Sandals and shorts are not permitted. Instructors must facilitate mounting/dismounting all students.

No hand feeding of horses/ponies is allowed.  No smoking or chewing gum allowed while on the property.

No dogs belonging to participants, volunteers, guests, etc. are allowed on the ranch.  This includes being inside vehicles. Horses and dogs do not mix.

  • CANCELLATION POLICY.   If lessons/classes must be cancelled, participants and volunteers will be notified in advance as early as possible.  If participants are unable to attend their scheduled lesson, Medicine Horse Staff appreciates the same courtesy. 

  • SAFETY AND ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES.   Medicine Horse Insurance covers only participants enrolled in our program.  Please do not ask us to let your other children or friends work with our horses.

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9143 Valmont Road

Boulder, CO 80301

Email: info@medicinehorse.org

501c(3): 84-1558664

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