Swingin' D Rescue Ranch Rules

  • Horse rescue volunteers, please obtain permission before entering the property
  • Volunteers may only handle horses with prior approval from a Swingin’ D board member
  • Please talk with a board member about the best places to park prior to arrival
  • Horse rescue volunteers may only ride with approval, and only wearing a helmet (if you don’t have your own helmet, check with us)
  • No drinking alcoholic beverages or smoking of any kind allowed on the property
  • Treats may only be fed across a fence, in a bucket or pan (no hand feeding)
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops)
  • Avoid wearing clothing or jewelry with dangling straps or ties
  • Tie back long hair
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Children under 8 must wear helmets in barns, sheds or paddocks
  • No screaming, running, roughhousing or sudden movements in paddocks or barns
  • Dogs must be kept on leashes under an adult’s control at all times
  • If your dog makes a mess on the ranch, clean it up
    – General horse safety and verbal directions from instructors must be adhered to
  • Always lead horses with a halter and lead rope, controlling from the horse’s left side
  • Fold excess lead rope in your hand – never wrap it around hands or arms
  • Be aware of horses’ monocular vision – blind spots in front of the nose, under the head, directly behind them
  • Never walk under horses, including under their necks, and never stand in blind spots
  • Never sit on the ground near any horse – no matter how calm or trained they appear

Volunteer Requirements

All new horse rescue volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation prior to volunteering on your own.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age to volunteer without an adult accompanying them.

Volunteers from 16 to 18 may volunteer with a parent or legal guardian present.

We don't know what we'd do without devoted volunteers like April, Cindy and Mike. Week after week, they donate their precious time to help around the ranch. We love our volunteers!