Each student may require up to three volunteers – a Horse Leader and two Side Walkers, depending on the Student’s ability. During some classes with six highly disabled riders, up to 18 volunteers are needed in the ring.
Horse Leaders (14 years or older) – Horse leaders are responsible for the Student’s Horse, making sure the horse stays in control – stands quietly for mounting, dismounting, exercises, etc. The Horse Leader will make sure the horse is going in the correct direction and at the proper gait.
Side Walkers (14 years or older) – Students may require one or two Side Walkers. The Side Walkers help riders maintain and learn balance. They are the eyes of the therapist and instructor. They help the student follow directions during the lesson and learn new tasks – left and right, colors, shapes and asking the horse to stop, walk on or trot.
Administrative Volunteers work behind the scenes. These include writing articles, handling public relations activities, printing labels, registering students, organizing classes, paying the bills, writing grant applications, fund raising projects, maintaining the web site, recruiting volunteers,