We could not operate a successful horse rescue without the generous contributions of time and labor from our volunteer ranch hands.
Nearly all of the ranch’s operations are performed by volunteers, including feeding, watering, adoptions, office work, fundraising, education, grounds maintenance, and much more. From time to time, we pay professional trainers, veterinarians and farriers for their work. A caretaker also lives onsite to manage operations when volunteers are not present and provide 24-hour security.
We welcome anyone who loves animals to become a volunteer. Ranch work is hard and dirty, but it is the most fulfilling volunteering you’ll do. All skills sets are welcome, from answering telephones to driving a tractor.
Our volunteer programs include monthly orientations, clinics, and other programs focused on training both our volunteers and horses.
Becoming a Volunteer
Registering for an upcoming orientation is your first step to getting involved. Generally, these orientations are held the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, unless there is a conflict with a major holiday or other ranch activity.
Forms You Will Need
Please pre-register for a monthly orientation by completing the forms below and emailing the scanned forms to Char Hudson along with the date you intend to participate.
If there are minors in your group (ages 8 -17), please complete the separate minor application for them.
Volunteer Orientation Information
Arrive at the ranch office (the white trailer off Bulger Lane) by 10 a.m. with completed forms – if you didn’t already email them. You will sign in and get a name badge and be led to the volunteer trailer where we’ll spend 90 minutes reviewing our mission, ranch rules, and general safety, followed by a quick ranch tour.
New ranch hands interested in handling horses are required to take a two-part horse handling clinic taught by our head trainer regardless of your past experience. The total for both classes is $35; children are free. To pre-register for both clinics (required), email Char Hudson.
- Part I (Horse Handling 101) is offered following orientation from noon to 1 p.m. You will learn to approach, halter, and lead a horse
- Part II (Horse Handling 102) is held the Saturday following orientation from noon to 1 p.m. and teaches you how to lift and clean a horse’s feet and other grooming techniques.
Proper attire is a must; be prepared with jeans, boots or any other shoes that cover your ankles, hat, gloves, eye protection, and sunscreen or long-sleeves/jacket.
- August 26, 2017
- September 30, 2017
- October 28, 2017
- November 18, 2017