Horse Haven relies on the help of volunteers to take care of our equine 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.
Volunteer Opportunities Available
Barn Team Member
The day-to-day care of equine at Horse Haven of Tennessee 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 who will volunteer on the same team. Previous experience with horses is welcome but not a requirement. Reliable transportation to the barn is required.
After learning the ropes as a barn team member the following volunteer opportunities are available.
Barn Team Leader
Horse Haven of Tennessee's barn team leads guide the barn teams through morning or evening feedings, ensuring that all equine 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 who have consistently participated on their barn team and have shown that they are fluent in barn protocol. This position becomes available when a team needs a lead. A barn team leader 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.
Manes and Minds
This is an opportunity for volunteers to work with an assigned equine on ground training, grooming, manners and trust. 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 Manes and Minds 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
Grooming is an important part of caring for equine. Horse Haven of Tennessee grooming teams ensure that each horse receives regular grooming which promotes health, and provides routine handling for animals that may have arrived at the facility without such experiences. 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 Operations Manager in which they can brush and clean assigned equine.
Miniature horse "Twinkie" is the mascot of Horse Haven of Tennessee and a permanent resident who helps bring awareness to the organization's mission by participating in community and educational events, and appearing on television. Twinkie requires a team of volunteers to transport, groom, chaperone, and sometimes dress him in themed costumes! Volunteers for Twinkie’s Team must be established barn team members.
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.