A place for every volunteer.

 
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CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT

Ranch Support

  • Support can include mucking; grounds upkeep; feeding and watering; building maintenance (construction/plumbing/ electrical); maintaining and driving farm equipment and trailers; administrative/office work; or volunteering at our thrift store.

  • Must complete volunteer orientation.

Level 1-2* Horse Handling (White beginner badge)

  • Ranch hands who wish to work with horses of any level must first successfully complete volunteer orientation and Horse Handling 101 and 102. Cost for this level of training is a $35 donation. For class details and to register, click here. After completion, ranch hands earn the right to handle Level 1 and 2 horses.

Level 1-5* Horse Handling (Orange novice badge)

  • Prerequisites: Volunteer Orientation and Horse Handling 101 and 102. Ranch hands wishing to handle any level horse must successfully complete these classes. Cost for this level of training is a $10 donation.

    • Rhythm and Respect 101 – learn about predator vs prey relationships, pressure and release for successful haltering, joining up, and more.

    • Rhythm and Respect 102 – demonstrate skills learned in Rhythm and Respect 101.

Groundwork Training and Riding (Purple advanced badge)

  • Prerequisites: Horse Handling 101/102 and Rhythm and Respect 101/102. After completion, ranch hands earn the right to groundwork (lunge) any level of horse. Cost for this level of training is a $10 donation.

    • Round Pen 101 - learn successful lunging using pressure and release and joining up techniques.

    • Round Pen 102 - demonstrate skills learned in Round Pen 101.

  • To ride any ranch horse, ranch hands must successfully complete all training and assessments listed above, as well as a personal riding assessment with the ranch's head trainer. Permission to ride may be given by the head trainer or management team.


*Horse level descriptions

Check the ranch office for the most current status of each rescue horse.

Level 1:  Allows you to easily halter, groom, clean hooves, and walk around the ranch.  Can perform light groundwork. 
Level 2:  Similar to Level 1 but can perform routine groundwork and may be slightly more difficult to catch.
Level 3:  May be more difficult to catch, halter, groom and clean hooves.  Spooks easier. Pushes boundaries. 
Level 4:  Much harder to catch, halter, groom and clean hooves. Usually spooks and pushes boundaries.
Level 5:  Generally cannot be haltered.  

Note: Some horses may not be able to perform certain tasks due to health issues regardless of level.  Inquire with trainer for more information.
 


Register for a training class

Call the ranch office at (505) 286-0779 for upcoming dates.