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Leader or Side-Walker

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Pride Stables (Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program)

   About the Position

Impact Statement
Pride Stables offers therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities through our heavily volunteer-based program. Volunteers assist riders with disabilities during our classes by leading the horse or side-walking along side the rider.

Regular programming and volunteering training is running this fall season! (2021).

Volunteers are needed to lead horses or side-walk for riders with special needs. No prior horse experience necessary. As a leader you need the ability to understand & carry out direct instructions. As a side-walker you need to comprehend instructions & pass them onto the rider & may also need to physically assist/support the rider. Both positions require physical endurance, verbal skills, & excellent English comprehension.
Volunteers must be 15 yrs or older.

We run seasonal riding sessions of 4-10 weeks in length. Classes are 45-60min each and run of select weekdays and evenings plus Saturdays. Volunteers arrive 30 min ahead of time to prepare horses.
We ask volunteers to commit to at least one class per week for the duration of a full season.

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual, Student Placement
Age: 15+ English Proficiency, Confidentiality, Physical Demand

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Hands-on training provided. Please contact us with your name and phone number, and confirm that you meet or exceed the age threshold to get started.
Pre-registration for a training date is required. Space is limited!

Visit our website for more info & training dates.
Working Conditions: Outdoors (weather-permitting), or indoors in poor weather; standing, walking, reaching, and working with large animals.

Time Commitment

Duration: 3 months or less
Weekday - Daytime, Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Daytime
Classes are 45-60 minutes long, however, volunteers arrive 30 min early to groom and tack, and stay to untack after class.

Other Information
Area(s) of Interest: Animals/Pets, Children/Youth, Recreation/Sports
Skill(s): Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Interpersonal Communication, Communicate in Plain Language, Problem Solving, Empathy, Adaptability
Transportation: Not on a bus route

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Pride Stables
584 Pioneer Tower Road Kitchener, N2P 2H9

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