“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others”
TROT is able to function due to the help of over 170 trained volunteers per week.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
This volunteer serves as a “safety net” for the rider by walking or jogging along side the horse and rider. The Side Walker interacts with the student at the direction of the instructor.
The Horse Handler is responsible for grooming, tacking, warming up, leading the horse through the lesson and untacking the horse afterwards.
Are you ready to make a difference?
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Property & Barn
We always need groups or individuals who can help keep our facilities maintained. If you are over 14 years old, we have needs from raking to painting.
Special events are a great way for your group to get involved with TROT. We host many events throughout the year and would love to partner with your group.
Why settle for a boring routine internship when you can be gaining highly respected experience AND making a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs. Learn more about the many internship opportunities TROT has to offer for your internship.
For volunteers that participate in our therapeutic riding classes, we ask that they commit to at least one class per semester. This helps us maintain consistency for our riders and our horses. Each semester is 12 weeks long (with the exception of our 6-week spring semester). Depending upon your role in the class, this is a time commitment of anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours per class. For volunteers that assist with office, property, or fundraising needs, hours will vary.
We invite all skill levels to participate in volunteering at TROT. We start all volunteers out with Orientation and Side Walker Training. As a side walker, you will be responsible for assisting the rider. You will be next to the horse, but not leading. If you wish to expand your skill set, we hold Horse Handler Trainings, as well as Ground Schooling. After completion of these pieces of training, volunteers will undergo a skills check before being cleared to horse handle during classes.
Absolutely! TROT runs its therapeutic riding program in semesters. Our Winter session runs from mid-January to mid-April. This tends to be the best fit for those that escape the heat, come summertime. While we do prefer that volunteers commit to the entire semester, we also understand that life happens. For this reason we keep a very active “Substitute List” for volunteers who can only help out on an as needed basis.
TROT has a very dedicated staff that ensures our horses get the best care possible. The best way to get involved with our horses is to attend our trainings and become a Horse Handler. Once you have completed the training and demonstrated the appropriate skill level, more opportunities will become available to you.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and demonstrate the maturity level appropriate for working around horses and vulnerable populations.
During our busy season, TROT has volunteer opportunities up to 7 days a week. We typically hold our Therapeutic Riding classes in the early morning and late afternoon on weekdays and Saturdays.
We have plenty of volunteer opportunities related to office help, fundraising assistance, and property work for those who do not wish to participate in our classes.