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Read through our guidelines below to learn more about what it takes to volunteer at a therapeutic riding program!
Download, fill out, and return the volunteer application. The application and other forms are listed and attached below. As soon as we receive your application we will be in touch to find the right place for you at Mitey Riders!
- Must be at least 15 years of age
- Volunteering involves moderate physical activity
- Be sure you are comfortable walking on an uneven ground, walking for 1 mile or more, and walking for short periods at a brisk pace.
- Although it is a rare occurance, Sidewalkers need to feel comfortable assisting a rider in an emergency dismount. This may require some upper body strength and physical agility to ensure the safety of the rider.
- Volunteers do not need to have previous horse experience but a level of comfort with horses is necessary
- Volunteers must be available a minimum of 1 hour per week (same day and time each week)
- ALL volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Training session
- ALL volunteers wanting to be leaders or work in the barn must attend Leader/Barn Training once a year
- Mitey Riders reserves the right to make the final determination as to the appropriateness of volunteers for our organization
- Mitey Riders does enforce a dress code to ensure the ability of volunteers to perform in their roles as well as to set examples for our riders
- Hard-soled shoes with a low heel are preferred but sneakers with heavy tread are OK
- Shoes must be tied securely
- Open-toed shoes, sandals, and slip-on shoes are not permitted
- Dress appropriately for the weather; dressing in layers is often a good choice
- No tops with spaghetti straps/shelf bras. Proper undergarments must be worn and tank tops must have thick straps and cannot be too low in the front
- Shirts must cover your stomach/back
- No t-shirts with beer/alcohol/drug references or foul language
- Shorts must be at mid-thigh or longer (No skirts please!)
- Please no perfume or colognes
- Please no dangling jewelry
Leader & Sidewalker Guidelines
- Leaders must be at least 16 years of age
- LEADERS are responsible for the horse at all times while leading
- SIDEWALKERS are responsible for the stability and safety of the rider while mounted at all times (Generally walking beside the rider to provide stability assistance as needed and may assist with mount and dismount if required)
- Time commitment is 1 and a half hours per week for the length of the session
- Arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to class
- When you’re in the arena, the instructor is in charge
- If you have suggestions or ideas, talk with the class Instructor or Volunteer Coordinator
- Return all equipment used to its place
- Keep talking to a minimum this lets you and others listen and pay attention to the Instructor’s directions
- When in doubt, ask!
Consistency is extremely important in keeping our programs progressive and running smoothly. Every volunteer is encouraged to have a regular schedule for the length of the session in the day(s) and hour(s) they volunteer. As dependability is essential, be sure to contact the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as you are aware of any circumstances that will delay/keep you from your scheduled lesson time(s).
All volunteers – new, returning, and parents – are required to complete a Safety Training Orientation EVERY YEAR.
Training dates are usually held in the second half of August.
Classes generally follow local school calendars. Please see our current year calendar for riding days and holidays.
A PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center for Therapeutic Riding
(704) 814-6627 (Fax)
455 Providence Rd. South, Waxhaw, NC 28173