All classes at the Therapeutic Riding Institute involve help from volunteers that serve as side helpers and horse leaders.
The horse leader’s role in a class is to be in charge of their assigned horse. This means helping control the horse’s pace, behavior and focus throughout the entire lesson while also helping our students gain as much independence as possible while riding their horses. Horse Leaders are responsible for tacking, warming up and untacking their horse while at the barn. Horse experience is necessary to be a horse leader.
A side helper’s role in class is to help their student physically, by providing assistance with their balance, or providing encouragement and aiding in the students focus on the instructions their instructor is giving. Students are also given goals each session that the side helpers help track their progress on.
All class volunteers are required to attend a one-time orientation to be trained to become side helpers. If you wish to also train to become a horse leader, please include that in your RSVP to our Volunteer Coordinator. To check out more information on upcoming Orientation’s with TRI check out our Trainings tab!
Barn volunteers are out in the barn each morning assisting a TRI staff member in tasks such as cleaning stalls, sweeping aisleways, cleaning feed tubs and water buckets and any other assigned tasks. These chores typically run 8:30 – 11am every morning of the week. If barn chores are your thing, this is a great opportunity for you!
TRI utilizes the help of office volunteers to complete various administrative tasks that need to be done. This can range from crafting new activities for our classes, updating our database with volunteer hours, or assisting with preparation for upcoming fundraisers or events. This is a great opportunity for those who would prefer an indoor job or have a knack for data entry or crafting.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
TRI welcomes all service groups or corporations that are looking for hours to volunteer as a group. We have a variety of projects always needing to be completed around the farm and appreciate the help!