Volunteers Make Medicine Horse Possible
Join our team!
We are actively seeking volunteers to expand to our Marketing Team.
Medicine Horse accepts a limited number of horse handler volunteers each year. Our Horse Hands Team volunteers are a vitally important part of our team and therapy groups and requires a strong background of horse experience and self-awareness. Click here for information on volunteering as a horse handler.
Are you a marketing and/or graphic arts type with a love for horses, passionate about mental health, or just a worthwhile cause? Then you could be a perfect fit for our marketing team! We are looking for folks to help with our marketing efforts, including website work, creating marketing materials such as flyers and signs, and production of our monthly e-newsletter.
Marketing & Communications
Marketing Strategy & Planning
Brand Development & Messaging
Graphic Design / Print
Photography, videography, and/or video editing
Must be at least 18
Roughly 10-20 hours a month depending on the time of the year and the needs of the organizations.
A great attitude!
If you are interested in joining our Marketing Team, please complete and submit a Volunteer Application.
HORSE HANDS VOLUNTEER TEAM
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.
Medicine Horse is a leading provider of equine group therapy programs. We have a wide variety of communities we serve such as veterans, first responders, folks suffering from addiction, abuse, trauma, LGBTQIA communities, marginalized and underserved populations, and women impacted by breast cancer (to name just a few). In addition to Medicine Horse's core groups such as Operation Be Herd, Wholeness with Horses, and Rainbow Wranglers, we also partner with agencies like Thorne Nature Experience, Rose House, TRU Community, Imagine!, Outdoor Afro, Out Boulder, Mount Saint Vincent and others to provide equine assisted therapy to their clients/communities.
If you are interested in applying to join our horse handler volunteer team, here are a few things we consider:
Extensive years of hands-on horse experience -- 5 years minimum in horse ownership/leasing, horse handling at other facilities, horse trainers, equine competition background, etc.
Patient, open-minded, inclusive, and compassionate qualities
Reliable and punctual
Folks who enjoy being outside, getting dirty, and contributing with the ability to stand/walk for several hours in all weather conditions.
Ability to lift/carry up to 50 lbs
Persons in the BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities are encouraged to apply as we serve these communities.
Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Over the age of 18
Complete the Volunteer Application - link provided below
Pass our Horse Hands Written Test - link provided below
Pass a practical hands-on test at Medicine Horse. You’ll be asked to halter, lead, pick hooves, tie a quick release, and other horse handler tasks.
Pass a background check ($20 fee organized by you directly with that agency.)
Attend an on-site equine-assisted psychotherapy training with our therapists.
Commit to attending three trainings per year (held quarterly) with Medicine Horse staff to connect with our therapy herd and review best practices for horse handlers in a therapy setting.
Commit to horse-handle for a minimum of 1 group per year (a "group" can be one full day or 2 hours a week for 8 weeks or some other variation.)
If you’re unable to work a session you've committed to, we ask that you give the lead therapist as much notice as possible.
If you cannot work a session you've committed to, you’ll be responsible for finding coverage from others on the Horse Hands Team.
Be available to back up/cover for others when they are unable to work.
If you would like to be considered for our horse handler volunteer team,
please complete the following volunteer application and written test.
These guidelines were developed in accordance with Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) to create a safe, respectful environment for clients, volunteers, horses, and therapists at Medicine Horse (MH).
SAFETY AND CONFIDENTIALITY. 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. 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.
No family members, visitors, friends, parents, guardians, etc. are allowed to accompany participants or volunteers beyond the front gates. This is due to Medicine Horse's 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.
All volunteer time must be scheduled. Volunteers may only be on the property as scheduled and may not stop by randomly, bring visitors, etc.
Please arrive thirty minutes before start time for classes, events, sessions, etc., and plan to stay a few minutes afterward to clean up, put horses away, etc.
When you are volunteering on the property, please log your hours on the sign-in sheet in the central program barn.
If lessons/classes must be canceled, volunteers will be notified in advance as early as possible.
If you cannot work a session you've committed to, we ask that you notify the lead therapist as soon as possible and you’ll be responsible to find coverage from others on the Horse Hands Team.
Do not leave gates open.
Do not feed the horses or offer treats, 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.
Always wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and work gloves
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. Instructions and phone numbers for emergencies are posted in the barn and on the office door. The phone is in the Medicine Horse office on the desk near the front door. 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.
NO SMOKING or CHEWING GUM on the Medicine Horse property, please.
ALCOHOL/DRUG USE. Volunteering with and around horses requires a clear head. Please do not use drugs or alcohol before 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 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.
OUTSIDE ANIMALS. Other than service animals, no outside animals are permitted on the Medicine Horse property. Outside animals may NOT be left in parked cars.
DOCUMENTATION. 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.
INSURANCE. Medicine Horse's insurance covers only participants enrolled in our programs and those scheduled to be on the property. Please do not ask us to let your family, friends, etc. visit the property or work with our horses.