Ivey Ranch is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Equestrian Facility. We host horseback riding therapy for clients with special needs and different abilities. Our volunteers are how we can serve this special community. Volunteers not only help care for the horses but help our riders have their riding experience. An equestrian volunteer has the option to participate in several programs depending on their age and availability.
Requirements for NEW equestrian volunteers:
The best part about volunteering with our Equestrian program is that there is no horse experience necessary! We will teach you everything you need to know. Equestrian volunteers must participate in an orientation and complete an application prior to participating in the program.
Please wear jeans and closed-toed shoes. No sandals!
We encourage new volunteers to complete the application online, however, we also provide a downloadable PDF as well as copies at orientation.
Nope. Just show up!
As you drive into the Ivey Ranch Park Assoc. facility, continue straight (pass Canine Companions on your right). You will soon see an arena and barn on your right. This is where we will meet up.
If you are a minor, please bring a parent or guardian to Orientation.
About Our Opportunities
We have many opportunities, all of which are a great way to help a person with special needs, get some horse time, and can be a chance for the family to do something together. Check out all the opportunities we have available! Let us know about any additional questions you may have.
Assists with clients in all aspects of a class; may walk alongside the client and the horse; may learn to lead a horse; can assist with the grooming and turn out of our horses. This opportunity is excellent for those who want to interact with both horses and clients with special needs.
Responsible for grooming, bathing, stall cleaning, and equipment maintenance of our gorgeous horses. This opportunity is great for those interested in dedicated time with horses and the care it takes to maintain them.
(20-40 hour weeks; application process opens in March and is for June and July)
Interns assist with Summer Camp attendees aged 7 to 17, disabled and able-bodied alike, in a variety of roles. These roles may include grooming, tacking, and leading horses during class, assisting in humane education, feeding and watering horses, basic vet care, stable management, and assisting instructors during riding class. Training will be provided for all positions so Interns can be moved between programming when needed. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age by June 22nd.
Feeds and provides water for horses, cleans stalls, and occasionally grooms horses. Barn Buddies is an excellent introduction to horses and horse care.
This opportunity allows all volunteers to participate in caring and interacting with horses and the clients we serve. This day involves all aspects of the program!
- Equestrian Program Volunteer Application 2020 for new equestrian volunteers
- Know Your Horse Chart 2020 for all equestrian volunteers
- Rules of the Barn 2020 for all equestrian volunteers
- Equine Volunteer Handbook 2020 for all equestrian volunteers
- Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents for all riders
- Returning Volunteer Renewal Form 2020 for Returning Equestrian Volunteers