WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Volunteers are the hands and feet of our organization. We would not be able to provide the services to our participants without the care, dedication and support of our volunteer team. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Open T.R.A.I.L., please see the many ways you can volunteer with us below.

HELPING HAND

Provides assistance with projects (big or small) or daily chores to help maintain and better the center. The perfect job for groups or volunteers under the age or 14, with parental supervision.

Requirements for a helping hand include:

  • Complete Helping Hands Training 
  • Attentive to instructions
  • Do not mind getting dirty
  • Physically capable for assigned task

SIDE WALKER

Helps engage the rider during the lesson and maintain the safety of the rider by providing physical and emotional support. No previous experience necessary, we will be happy to provide all training.

Requirements for side walkers include:

  • 14 years or older
  • Attended a Helping Hands Training
  • Complete Side Walker Training
  • Able to walk for 30-60 minutes
  • Enjoy interacting with rider

HORSE HANDLER

Grooms, tacks, and leads the horse during the lesson to maintain the safety of the horse. Horse experience is a plus! We will provide all training for this position!

Requirements for horse handler include:

  • 14 years or older
  • Complete Helping Hands Training
  • Complete Side Walker Training
  • Complete at least 25 hours as a Side Walker
  • Complete Horse Handler Training
  • Able to walk for 30-60 minutes
  • Attentive to surroundings

Volunteer Trainings: 

October 2, 12:30-2:30 – New Volunteer & Side Walker Training
October 5, 1:00-2:00pm – Horse Handler Training
December 4, 12:30-2:30 – New Volunteer & Side Walker Training
 
To sign up for a volunteer training, please email Diane Kirksey, diane@opentrailranch.org