volunteer at pony power

How You Can Help

We rely on our volunteers to make our program a success and provide a memorable experience for our participants. You can help with individual and group lessons or join the farm crew that helps maintain the barns, paddocks and small animal enclosures.

Lessons are given year-round, rain or shine. We work with groups in the mornings and individuals in the afternoons. We teach individual lessons on Sunday mornings and Monday-Thursday afternoons during the school year. In the summer, lessons are given Monday-Thursday afternoons.

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Volunteer Roles

Side walker: Provides physical support to the rider during a lesson, helping them maintain a balanced position on the horse. Following the instructor’s direction, a side walker will often play an active role in helping riders complete various exercises, such as stretching, counting and reaching.

Lead walker: Handles the horse during a lesson. Following the instructor’s direction, the lead walker will help, as needed, in steering and maintaining the horse’s speed. Lead walker volunteers should have previous horse experience.

Farm crew: Maintain our red barn, clean paddocks and goat and pig enclosures. Opportunities are available 7 days a week. Farm crew volunteers are supervised by the facilities manager.

 

Requirements

  • Must be 14 years or older; weekend farm crew volunteers must be at least 18.
  • Must be able to walk for up to 90 minutes in a dirt arena and jog for short distances.
  • May be asked to support riders up to 180 pounds (limited)
  • Be willing to be outdoors, rain or shine.
  • Have the ability to follow directions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Provide 2 personal or professional character references.
  • Complete volunteer orientation and training.
  • Be able to make a commitment to our program.
  • Volunteers must be a suitable match to program! You will be notified of acceptance after training.

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    What We Ask of Volunteers

  • Commitment and reliability
  • Willingness to learn
  • Effective communication
  • Adherence to policies and procedures
  • Be kind and respectful of others
  • Benefits of Volunteering

  • Enjoy a positive and supportive team environment
  • Learn new skills/gain experience working with people and horses
  • Build a resume
  • Be part of a fun and rewarding experience
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    Complete the form below if you are interested in joining our volunteer team or call (201) 934-1001 for more information.

    Volunteer Inquiry




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    Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Weekend farm crew volunteers must be at least 18 years old. A mandatory training session will be held for all new volunteers, explaining procedures and offering an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our facility and horses. Volunteers are under full supervision at all times.