A Truly Special Volunteer Experience

It’s not every day you witness a miracle… unless you’re a part of Courage Reins. Here, we’re blessed to see remarkable things happen all the time. Witness the magic for yourself as a volunteer!

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Just Come for One

Every Courage Reins rider is surrounded by a supportive team of friendly faces they know and trust. To make this possible, we’ve introduced the Just Come for One volunteer system—one lesson, with one student, just once a week. This creates a safe, loving, consistent space where our riders feel comfortable. Want to be someone’s One? We’d love to have you as one of our Regular Volunteers! Worried you don’t have time to make such a long-term commitment right now? We have awesome Short Term volunteering options as well.

Regular Volunteers

Work with one client, in one lesson, one time per week (at a minimum). Ready to commit? Excellent! Follow the steps below to see if you qualify:

  1. Download and complete the Regular Volunteer application form.
  2. Review the age appropriate trainings and take the quiz that coincides with your area(s) of interest. (All quizzes listed below.)
  3. Contact us to arrange time for first visit. (Note: Bring your completed application and quiz to this visit.)

Short Term Volunteers

We happily welcome one-time volunteers. Working on a merit badge? Have a school assignment or graduation requirement? Maybe you simply want to do something wonderful and worthwhile? No matter your reason, we have a way you can help. To determine your best fit, please complete the following steps:

  1. Download and complete the Short-Term Volunteer application form.
  2. Review the age appropriate trainings and take the quiz that coincides with your area(s) of interest. (All quizzes listed below.)
  3. Contact us to arrange time for first visit. (Note: Bring your completed application and quiz to this visit.)

Training

We proudly offer comprehensive volunteer training and a certification program to ensure safety standards for our horses, riders, and volunteers. All volunteers are required to participate in this program and demonstrate a proven ability to follow the guidelines outlined. It’s a fun experience that will teach you valuable techniques and methods used by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). Once your volunteer application is received and approved, you will receive information on a training schedule.

Basic Safety and Orientation

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Catch & Release

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Grooming

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Tacking – Western

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Tacking – English

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Side Walking

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Lead Walking

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have prior horse experience?
Absolutely not.  We have an excellent certification program which will allow you to become comfortable and confident in handling and caring for horses and assisting with classes.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?
You have to be at least 14 years old to volunteer. And your assignment can sometimes be limited depending on your height, strength, focus and attention to detail.

Can I do my community service with your Center?
Yes, but with some restrictions. If the community service is court-mandated, the situation cannot have involved offenses against people or animals in any way. We also expect that you meet the general guidelines of a volunteer (that you are hardworking and kind).

Do you need any Eagle Scout Projects done for you?
Generally the Executive Director will have a number of different projects available spring, summer and fall. We love to work with potential Eagle Scouts Candidates to accomplish their goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Do volunteers have to work closely with the horses?
There are plenty of jobs to be done that don’t involve the horses. Volunteers assist with maintenance and repairs, fundraising, special events, photography, administration, office management and volunteer recruitment. If you are willing to join us, we will find you a place!

Contact Us

801.756.8900