Horse handlers are an integral part of every riding lesson and therapy session provided at Promise Ranch. Horse handlers are responsible for catching, grooming, warming up, and tacking the horse before the student arrives, or assisting the students with grooming and tacking in some cases. The horse handler controls and guides the horse during the lesson, ensuring the safety of the students and volunteers. The horse handler must be able to take direction from the instructor or therapist, allow the student to guide the horse when appropriate, but still maintain control of the horse at all times. Horse handlers must be safety minded at all times. Volunteers with horse experience are preferred for this position, however, horse handler training is available periodically for volunteers wishing to learn and move into this role.
Age Requirement: 14+
Physical Requirement: walk 60 min, jog short distances, control horse at all times.
Time commitment: 1hr 30 min per lesson
Many of the students at Promise Ranch require the assistance of 1-2 side walkers to ensure their safety while mounted. Side walkers greet the students when they arrive until the instructor or therapist and horse are ready. Side walkers walk alongside the riders to ensure safety and help facilitate the lesson under the guidance of the instructor or therapist. Side walkers may be asked to demonstrate or help the riders with specific tasks, support or assist the rider physically, or facilitate games or activities as directed by the instructor or therapist. Side walkers may also be asked to assist with the mounting and dismounting of riders from the horse. Side walkers must be able to take direction from the instructors or therapists, work cooperatively with others, and be safety minded at all times. Side walking does not require prior knowledge or experience with horses and specific training will be provided.
Age Requirement: 14+
Physical Requirement: walk 60 min, jog short distances
Time commitment: 1hr 15min per lesson
Volunteers with horse experience may request to join our horse care team after volunteering at Promise Ranch for a minimum of 25 hours. These volunteers will assist the Equine Manager in ensuring the health and fitness of our therapy herd. This may include grooming, hand-walking/grazing, lunging, or riding the horses, depending on your experience. If you would like to join this team, your horsemanship skills will be evaluated before tasks are assigned. If we have an excess of volunteers for this team, the Equine Manager will give preference to volunteers who also help with lessons as a horse handler or side walker.
Age Requirement: 14
Physical Requirement: Horsemanship skills
Time Commitment: Minimum 30 min
Landscaping and Ranch Maintenance
We always welcome dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with barn chores and general ranch maintenance.
We are currently in need of a Volunteer Coordinator! This is a volunteer position. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is needed to help with volunteer recruitment. This is not a specific position in and of itself but something all volunteers (and supporters) can help with. Go and tell others about the wonderful experiences you have at Promise Ranch! For information and tools to help spread the word about Promise Ranch, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. We are also looking for a few people who are interested in making phone calls to current volunteers weekly to help organize and coordinate the volunteer schedule.
Like most smaller nonprofit organizations, we always have room for people interested in helping with our marketing and fund raising efforts. This may include special event planning, preparation, and facilitation, grant writing, assisting in marketing and community outreach, researching and implementing new fund raising activities, and donor relationship management.