Horse Haven relies on the help of volunteers to take care of horses and equines on a daily basis. All volunteers are required to attend a new volunteer orientation. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the application below and our Volunteer Coordinator will get in contact with you.
Barn Team Member
The day to day care of the equines at our barn is one of the most important jobs. As a barn team member you will feed, water, turn out, bring in, and clean stalls & paddocks. Not only is this a great way to get up and move but you are making a difference in an abused or neglected horse’s life. We require a minimum 3 month commitment on one team because horses thrive on routine. Volunteers need to be at least 14 years old and volunteers 14-16 years old need an adult that will volunteer on the same team. Previous experience with horses is welcome but not a requirement. Reliable transportation to the barn is required.
Many of our volunteers enjoy their time at the barn because it saves them money from having to join a local gym.
After learning the ropes as a barn team member the following volunteer opportunities are available.
Barn Team Leader
Our barn team leads guide the barn teams through morning or evening feedings, ensuring that all the equines are properly cared for. A barn team lead must be detail oriented to ensure that all barn protocol is followed by their barn team members. Barn team leads are previous barn team members that have consistently participated on their barn team and have shown that they know barn protocol well. This position is only available if there is a team needing a team lead. Must be able to attend team lead meetings that are usually held every other month on a Saturday morning. Only volunteers 21 years of age or older will be appointed to barn team lead.
Train the Trainers
This is an opportunity for established volunteers to work with an assigned equine on ground training. This program is not only a great learning opportunity for volunteers but also improves the chance of finding better homes for our horses. To be a part of Train the Trainers you must have been a barn team member for more than 90 days and willing to commit to at least two sessions per week with your horse. Volunteers will be assigned a horse, by the Equine Manager, based on their abilities and which horse will benefit from working with them.
Grooming Team Member
The grooming team makes sure that the equines in our care get a good grooming every now and then. A grooming team member must be an established barn team member that has attended grooming training. Grooming team members (at least two or more) schedule a time with the Equine Manager in which they can brush and clean assigned equines.
Special Event Assistance
The key to ensuring special events and fundraisers run smoothly is having great volunteers to help with various tasks such as hosting games, event registration, and decorating. Barn team members are welcome to help out with the planning and running of events like Dancing for the Horses and Boo at the Barn.
Horse Haven of TN has a mini horse mascot named Twinkie. He is a permanent resident that helps bring awareness to our mission by participating in community events, appearing on TV, and at educational events. Twinkie requires a team of volunteers to transport, groom (and sometimes dress him in themed costumes) and chaperone to ensure a safe and fun time is had. Volunteers for Twinkie’s Team must be an establish barn team member.
Horse Haven of TN reserves the right to terminate the services of any volunteer.
Horse Haven of TN reserves the right to do background checks.