Volunteers are the foundation of Heads Up Special Riders. These volunteers help lead horses, provide support and encouragement to riders, groom and tack horses before class, assist with office work, and volunteer during special events.
Heads Up Special Riders is always looking for volunteers to donate their time and talent. Whether you are looking for an on-going commitment or a short-term opportunity, volunteering with Heads Up will always be a memorable and rewarding experience. The time and effort donated by volunteers truly make a difference in the lives of individuals living with disabilities. We appreciate all that our volunteers do for our organization, and know that we could not do it without them. Below we have answered some of the most common questions about volunteering with Heads Up:
To be a volunteer with Heads Up you do not need any previous experience working with horses or individuals living with disabilities, only a desire to help. If you decide to volunteer, a training session will be provided to prepare you for working in the barn. A lesson volunteer should be able to walk for at least one hour without fatiguing, be able to jog for very short distances, and be able to walk with your arm (one at a time) above shoulder height and be able to support a modest weight.
Sidewalkers • Sidewalkers work with the client by walking alongside the horse during class. They help the client understand the instructor's directions, achieve balance, independence, and reach personal goals.
Leaders • Leaders are responsible for control of the horse during class. They warm up the horse before class, secure the horse during mounting and dismounting, and then lead the horse during class.
Mentors, Barn Help, Fund Raisers • Heads Up is always looking for good volunteers with a variety of talents.
Our main class schedule runs year round on Tuesday and Wednesdays
We are always looking for new volunteers.
For more information or to become a volunteer, please contact us! The following forms need to be completed to be able to volunteer: