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Leader or Side-Walker

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Fall 2023 Session

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. We can't do what we do without our amazing volunteers!

Regular programming starts Monday, September 25th and runs for 8 weeks.

Volunteers are needed to lead horses or side-walk for riders with special needs. No prior horse experience necessary. Volunteers must be 15 years old or older. 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, and excellent English comprehension.

We run seasonal riding sessions of 8 weeks in length. Classes are 60 min each and run on 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

Area(s) of Interest: Animals/Pets, Children/Youth, Recreation/Sports

Skill(s): Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Interpersonal Communication, Communicate in Plain Language, Sensitivity, Empathy, Adaptability

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: We will pair new volunteers with experienced volunteers. 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.
Transportation: Not on a bus route

Time Commitment

Duration: 3 months or less
Weekday - Daytime, Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Daytime
Orientation Session
Sat., Sept. 16 12-2pm only
Mon., Sept 18 12-2p OR 6-8pm
Wed., Sept 20 12-2pm OR 6-8pm
Classes run daytime and evenings during the week and daytime on Saturday. Classes are 45-60 minutes long, however, volunteers arrive 30 min early to groom and tack, and stay to untack after class.

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Amanda Stanzel
584 Pioneer Tower Road Kitchener, N2P 2H9

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