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4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program

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Volunteer Overview4STEPS is able to provide services to our clients in great part due to the benevolence of our dedicated volunteers. Each year,  volunteers log in over in 2,000 hours serving our special riders.  As a volunteer you will help clients by engaging them in a variety of equine activities designed to promote and improve physical, mental and social well being.

By volunteering at 4STEPS, you can give back to your community, have fun, and make new friends! Horse experience is not necessary. We will train you. Come as an individual, accumulate community service hours, and/or bring your school, club, corporate, or church group for a community service project. We offer a variety of activities and projects to choose from.


Community Service Credit Students and others who need to accumulate community service hours are a familiar presence at the farm. We invite school groups, club, corporate or church group in for community service projects. Volunteer groups help by paint buildings, help with spring-cleaning and work on our landscaping.


Volunteer OpportunitiesEvery day volunteers help us with our program by working in the barn, caring for our therapy horses, preparing horses and participants for therapeutic lessons and leading and sidewalking with special riders. Volunteer opportunities include client support, stable management, horse care, client assistance, fundraising and administrative tasks. 4STEPS operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays mornings from 8:30 am –1200 and afternoons from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

Sidewalking – walking beside a rider who is mounted, helping to ensure his or her safety and security while in the saddle. Sidewalkers are specially trained to avoid injury in the event of a fall or emergency dismount. It is important that sidewalkers are fit to walk briskly during a 45 minute lesson.
Leading – guiding a specially trained horse before, during and after a rider is mounted, as directed by the riding instructor. Volunteers undergo training to ensure their comfort and confidence in horse handling and leading prior to being assigned this duty.
Grooming and Tacking Up – includes brushing and preparing the horse and riding equipment (tack) for a rider, and/or taking off tack and caring for the horse after a ride is completed. No experience is necessary. Special training is also provided.
Miscellaneous Duties – includes barn chores, greeting riders and their companions, preparing riders, tidying up, offering drinks, feeding horses, and other duties.

Volunteers serve on our Board of Directors and help with fundraising and events. They do clerical work, including mailings, record keeping and making and answering phone calls. Volunteers help with upkeep and maintenance of our facility. Additional volunteer opportunities include volunteer management and recognition, donor recognition, marketing and advertising and enhanced use of on-line opportunities for fundraising and donor cultivation.