Horse Care Volunteers
Horse Care Volunteers are essential members of our Shelter Chores Team, providing daily care of the horses we save from the slaughter pipeline.
- Daily handling and care of horses.
- Maintaining a neat stable area, including housekeeping, janitorial and light maintenance duties.
- Cleaning bathrooms, lounge, office, feed room, tool rooms and barn area.
- Cleaning stalls, shelters and paddocks.
- Cleaning and organizing tack shed.
- Cleaning tack and other equipment.
- Safely handling, haltering and leading horses in the manner presented in training and orientation.
- Observing and reporting on individual horses as they move about the pasture and stable area.
- Grooming, saddling and bridling horses (no riding) to keep them accustomed to handling.
- Follow instructions; work individually and as a team with other volunteers.
- Lifting up to 50 lbs., sometimes to shoulder level.
- Hay bales, wheelbarrows, 5-gallon water buckets.
- Various stable duties involve lifting.
- Maintaining rescue grounds.
- Cut and clear brush.
- Muck and rake paddocks.
- Assist with fence repair and construction.
- Assist with equipment preventive maintenance.
- Pick up litter wherever you see it.
- Empty trash barrels – no matter how full or empty.
- Perform other daily chores on the chalkboard in the tack shed.
Volunteers must be able to perform the above duties without prompting or assistance, attend horse care training, make a commitment of a minimum of four (4) hours per week for one year.
At least one designated 4-hour shift, Monday through Sunday.
Benefits (for every 88 hours per 6 months):
30-percent discount off adoption fee, foster fee or lease for the horse of your choice.
Discounted fees for attendance in clinics and educational seminars
Free Continuing Education for Volunteers