Make a Difference.
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.
Why Volunteer With Us?
volunteer orientation information
Registering for an upcoming orientation (below) is your first step to becoming a volunteer ranch hand. Orientations are generally held the last Saturday of each month unless there is a conflict with a major holiday or other ranch activity. 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.
Before your scheduled orientation, please print and complete these forms and bring them with you. If there are minors in your group (ages 8-17), complete the minor release section for them.
On the day of orientation, please arrive at the ranch office by 10 am. You will sign in, get a name badge and 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 also take a two-part Horse Handling clinic taught by our head trainer regardless of your past experience. The total for both classes is a $35 donation to the ranch; children ages 8-17 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required; please use the online form below.
Horse Handling 101 is offered following orientation from noon to 1 pm. You will learn and successfully demonstrate how to approach, catch, halter, and lead forward and backward.
Horse Handling 102 is held the Saturday following orientation from noon to 1 pm. In this session, you will learn and successfully demonstrate how to lift and clean a horse’s feet, groom, apply fly spray, and tie a lead rope to a hitching post.
Once you complete Horse Handling 101 and 102, you have the option to attend advanced training classes to further your skills and work with more difficult horses.
REGISTER FOR AN UPCOMING ORIENTATION.
You must pre-register for orientation at least one week prior to the class. For your convenience, register online now and pay for your class via PayPal. Or, if you prefer, you can call our office (505.286.0779) and provide a credit card number.
If registering online, select the date you’d like to attend below and indicate the number of ADULT attendees in the quantity box. If children (ages 8-17) will be joining you, please list their names in the space provided after you select the register button. Once you select register, the class will be added to your shopping cart (upper right corner of the page) where you can follow the process to finalize your registration and payment (which is nonrefundable). Limited to 15 registrants per class.