Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?
Horseshoes of Hope volunteers participate in a variety programs and provide support for the everyday needs of the organization. The following opportunities exist for individuals and groups interested in providing support for Horseshoes of Hope:
Horse Leaders are responsible for leading and handling the horse during the
therapeutic riding lesson, and should be knowledgeable of their
role in a typical lesson format and in various emergency situations. The leader
is also responsible for grooming and tacking their respective horse prior to daily
Sidewalkers are responsible for assisting the rider physically, cognitively, and
emotionally as necessary throughout the duration of the therapeutic riding
lesson. They are encouraged to interact with the participant to reinforce the
instructions of the instructor, while respecting the instructor’s need
to communicate efficiently with the rider.
Stable Managers are specially designated volunteers who have extensive
experience working as a horse leader and sidewalker, and who often have
extensive horse experience. Stable Managers are responsible for ensuring that
horses are groomed, tacked properly, and in the arena on time for the
scheduled lesson, as well as maintaining order and cleanliness in the barn
during schedule lesson times.
Group Program Assistants
Group Program Assistants provide support for the Horseshoes of Hope staff when facilitating a variety of Equine Assisted Activity programs for large groups. They are responsible for interacting with program participants to help
them achieve the goals designated by the program, as well as provide
assistance related to basic program design, set up, and clean up.
Landscaping Volunteers provide Horseshoes of Hope with assistance in maintaining and designing the gardens surrounding the barn and arena area.Special projects may be provided to groups or individuals at the
discretion of the staff and may include pulling weeds, planting flowers, or
Pasture Maintenance Volunteers assist in maintaining the current pastures by removing excess brush, building/moving fences, and cleaning stock tanks
Barn Maintenance Volunteers assist in maintaining the barn and
areas throughout the year. Special project may be provided to groups or
individuals at the discretion of the staff and may include routine repairs,small
and large scale construction projects, and general upkeep.
A Therapeutic Riding or Hippotherapy lesson volunteer must...
- Be 21 years of age.
- Submit an annual volunteer profile and liability waiver form.
- Attend a volunteer training session.
- Make a 10 week commitment to a specific shift/s for the
duration of the session.
- Be physically/emotionally fit to meet the demands of the
Facility and Administrative volunteers must...
- Be 14 years of age and be accompanied by an adult
- Submit an annual volunteer profile and liability waiver form
Ready to Get Started!?
Here's where to start...
(1) Download and complete the Volunteer Application
(2) Choose a volunteer training session---and e-mail us to sign up!
(3) Download a copy of the Volunteer Training Manual
(4) Attend your scheduled volunteer training session
Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy
12956 N. Slideoff Road
Camby, Indiana 46113
Download the Volunteer Application Here:
Download the Volunteer Training Manual Here:
Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions
Side-walker and Horse Leader Training
Monday, April 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Marketing Volunteers provide assistance to the Horseshoes of Hope staff in developing marketing materials, revising the website, and updating all printed marketing materials. These volunteers help to shape the image of Horseshoes of Hope in the Indiana communities we serve.
Public Relations Volunteers assist Horseshoes of Hope to develop a relationship with the communities we serve. Specifically, they help by distributing marketing materials to local organizations, communicating with local businesses about current or potential partnerships, and provide support for all fundraising and riding events.
Fundraising Volunteers assist Horseshoes of Hope in planning and executing fundraising campaigns and events throughout the year to support rider scholarships, horse care, and facility upkeep. They assist in managing event committees and providing information to potential donors about the opportunities Horseshoes of Hope has available.
Event Planning Volunteers provide assistance in the planning and execution of special events hosted by Horseshoes of Hope. Responsibilities range from providing support during an actual event to developing concepts for future events and fundraisers.
Therapeutic Riding Volunteers!
We are in need of volunteers to help with our Spring Therapeutic Riding Session, which will begin during the week of April 23rd, 2018. We are asking for a commitment of time for each week of the 10 Week Session. Our riders come to the barn on either Tuesday, Wedneday and Thursday evenings from 5:00pm till 8:30pm and Saturday morning from 9:30am till 1:00pm. If you can help during any of those riding times please let us know.