Horse Care Volunteers

Horse Care Volunteers

Job Description

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.
Work shifts:
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