Volunteers are the backbone of Equi-librium. The program volunteer is a KEY element in providing our riders with a safe, enjoyable environment whereby they can learn. Without the help and commitment of volunteers, the opportunities that an equine-assisted activities program offers to a person with a disability could not be provided. Volunteers assist the riding instructor and/or therapist in carrying out the riders' Individual Program Plan (IPP), helping to maximize the progress that riders can attain. Volunteers usually work as horse handlers or sidehelpers. There are other volunteer opportunities available for those not wishing to be involved in the activities in the riding arena, such as office work, general barn assistance, fund raising, mailings, etc. Most importantly, volunteers find Equi-librium to be fun and exciting. Experiencing the connection with rider and horse is a special gift to oneself that is both challenging and rewarding. Prior horse experience is not necessary! Due to our insurance guidelines, volunteers must be 14 years or older to assist in the riding arena.
Here's all you need to do to volunteer:
Step 1: Call 570-992-7722 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a volunteer information packet and application/registration forms.
Step 2: After reviewing the information, return the application/registration forms to the office. If you do not have time to return them after your call, you may bring them to the
Step 3: Call to reserve a place at the next available monthly training. The training session includes a 2-hour classroom session at the Equi-librium office, followed by a 2-hour training session at the barn, starting at 12:30 and ending at about 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend this training session.
Step 4: Participate in the Equi-librium volunteer training program. All volunteers must take volunteer training as part of our NARHA Accreditation requirements.
Step 5: After the training, you will be assigned to a specific day and time for volunteer service.
2012 Volunteer Training Dates
Volunteer training is held monthly from March through October. A schedule and information on volunteering for Equi-librium may be obtained from the office: 570-992-7722.
No Training in December, January or February
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Intro to Equine-Assisted Activities at the office
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Hands-on Session at the barn