Horse Haven is a 95% volunteer based organization that requires the help of many volunteers to help care for the horses on a daily bases. Below are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation class and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you once your online application has been reviewed. All volunteers must show proof of medical insurance.
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION (online)
Lead our barn shift teams through a morning or evening feeding. Coordinate, manage, and assist in the activities of all volunteers on your shift, including horse handling, horse care, feeding, and general clean up. Must be detail oriented and efficient so as to ensure the continuity of all barn protocol. Applicants for this position will be considered after two months of consistent weekly participation as a barn shift team member. Must be able to attend shift leaders meeting which are usually held on a Saturday morning every other month. Only volunteers 21 years of age or older will be appointed Shift Leader.
Horse training program “TRAIN THE TRAINERS”
This is an opportunity for volunteers to work one on one with an assigned equine and learn to train them. We are hoping that this program will not only be a great learning opportunity for volunteers but will also be a great way to get better homes for our horses.
To be a part of Train the Trainers you must have been with HHT for more than 90 days, be willing to commit to at least two sessions per week with your horse.
This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to learn more about horses. Some horses will learn ground manners, some horses will be started under saddle and some horses will need to be ridden and schooled.
Please be advised that volunteers will be assigned horses based on their abilities and which horses will benefit most from working with them. This is a great opportunity for all of us but in the end, it is always about the horses.
Special Events Team Member
Assist our staff with preparing for any of the many special events we participate in through out the year. Help with annual fundraising events like “Dancing for the Horses”, “Boo at the Barn” or other events throughout the year. Become part of Twinkies entourage and take him to guest appearances around town. Lend a hand with clinics, seminars or join the adoption committee. Join a “Grooming Team” and give our horses that extra special time and attention they deserve during a spa day (must work a regular shift to be eligible). Work local events by manning our HHT information or sale booth. Good communication skills and knowledge of the organization are helpful in promoting our organization at all events. We sometimes take horses to events so horse handling skills are beneficial but not mandatory. There are many events to choose from and we can always use extra help. This is just some of the extra fun ways to get involved while being a volunteer at HHT.
Facility Maintenance Worker (year round but schedule is flexible):
Building, grounds, and fence upkeep. In our efforts to keep our facility looking sharp, we can utilize more volunteers to help with such things as fence repair, harrowing of our pastures, horse shelter and barn repair, rock removal, manure spreading and/or hauling, and building of additional horse pens and pastures. These projects can be completed by an individual or a group of volunteers who enjoy outdoor farm work. If your work group has the necessary skills to help with these sorts of projects, we could certainly use the help.
Gardening. With over 20 acres of open space we are in need of individuals or groups of volunteers who can help with maintenance of the garden spaces around our office and barn including weeding, planting flowers, watering trees, weed eating and mowing. If you have flowers or plants you would like to donate to help make our facility look better, we can always find spots for you to plant your favorite items! This is a great activity for large work groups that are looking for a day-long project. We have the equipment such as push mower, riding mower, large wheeled weed-eater, etc. but need manpower to use.
Volunteers that work with the horses must be at least age 16. Those under the age of 18 must provide a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Those between the age of 14 – 16 require a parent or guardian to work with them. If the parent or guardian does not have horse handling experience we suggest they come out and volunteer only on adoption day which is held the second Saturday of every other month from 11am – 2pm.
All volunteers must have their own transportation. Neither HHT staff or volunteers are available to provide transportation in case of an emergency which requires the closure of any facility.
HHT reserves the right to terminate the services of any volunteer.
Many of our volunteers enjoy their time at HHT because it saves them money from having to join a local gym.