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
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.