Volunteers Needed for Lander Therapeutic Horse Riding Classes
Lander University is seeking volunteers to help with a 10-week spring horse riding session for special needs adults and children that begins Feb. 4 and runs through April 17.
Classes, which are an hour long, are every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Classes also take place most of the day on Wednesdays (from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.); however, these times are not yet set.
Volunteering for Lander Bearcat Therapeutic Riding counts toward community service hours required by many service organizations.
Three volunteers are needed for each rider (two side walkers and a horse handler). Side walkers walk beside the rider, assisting him or her with skills and games taught in class, and to provide support for riders with poor balance. Horse handlers lead the horse during the therapeutic riding class. Volunteers do not need horse experience to volunteer. You will be trained for whatever job(s) you are interested in.
Volunteer training takes place from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Equestrian Center Classroom. From 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 2, at the same location, a horse handler will conduct training for those interested in leading the horse during classes.
If you are interested and can dedicate your time to one or more classes, Lander would greatly appreciate your time and support.
Riders enjoy meeting and interacting with their volunteers as much as they enjoy riding their horse, and volunteers make many new friends among both the riders and fellow volunteers.
Providing therapeutic riding for adults and children with special needs is a team effort, and we hope you can be part of the Bearcat Therapeutic Riding team!