Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age in order to participate as a leader or side walker in therapeutic riding and therapeutic driving lessons, as well as hippotherapy sessions. Volunteers are asked to walk and occasionally jog for 45-60 minutes (please let us know if you prefer to be in a walk-only lesson and we will do our best to accommodate). Your human and horse friends depend on you, and UpReach requires a minimum 1 hour per week (per six to eight-week term) commitment.
All those wishing to volunteer as a horse leader and/or side walker must complete a general volunteer training. This three-hour training consists of a classroom style presentation and discussion, as well as a hands-on learning and practice mock lesson in the barn. Please remember to wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes and comfortable clothing. You are welcome and encouraged to bring a bottle of water and snack! For more information on what to expect, please reference the volunteer information page.