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Summer Volunteer Training: 

Monday, June 19, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 pm

Volunteer Training takes place 3 times per year, 1-2 weeks before each session of classes begin. It is helpful if completed forms are brought to Volunteer Training, so more time can be spent learning and practicing skills.

Taught by a certified Instructor and our Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer Training is typically held on a Monday evening from 7:00-8:30 pm. The evening consists of a general explanation of a volunteer’s duties, a video with information about horse leading and sidewalking, and an explanation of how classes and volunteers are scheduled, whom to notify if a volunteer must miss a class, etc. Then the volunteers gather in the indoor arena to learn and practice skills such as grooming a horse, tacking (putting the saddle on), leading a horse and sidewalking (walking next to the rider to assist with balance or reinforce a rider’s skills). Safety concepts and practices are taught. Mounting and dismounting procedures are explained and practiced. Volunteers take turns being a leader, sidewalker and rider (if desired), to experience all aspects of a class. Riders may mount their horse from a mounting block or a ramp. The evening ends with information exchanged with our Volunteer Coordinator regarding class days and times needing volunteers, and volunteer availability. Volunteers may sign up to work as little as 2 hours once a week, or several days each week.

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