They are the heart of our program. Volunteers contribute a variety of services such as serving on the all-volunteer board of directors, supporting fundraisers, and helping out with other projects. Volunteers may also assist with lessons.
Volunteering with Our Students and Horses
Our volunteers are critical to maintaining the quality of our program. Safety is always the focus of Rainbow’s riding activities, so hands-on volunteer training is mandatory for all horse-leaders and side-walkers. Please check our events calendar about upcoming volunteer training sessions. (All volunteers must be at least 14 years old.)
Side-walkers work in unison with other team members, including the instructor or therapist, the horse leaders and the student. Side-walkers should be able to walk or trot alongside a rider, providing support to the rider if needed. Depending on ability, students who are not yet able to ride independently will have either one or two side-walkers.
Horse-leaders are selected by our lead instructor. Most horse-leaders have prior experience with horses and have been a side-walker at Rainbow. They are responsible for leading the horse during a lesson. They are confident controlling the horse while following the instructors' directions. Horse-leaders are also responsible for preparing the horse before the lesson and caring for the horse after a lesson.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Volunteer of the Month We recognize volunteers on a monthly basis for their outstanding contribution to Rainbow. See the latest and who we've honored previously.