Become a Volunteer

Volunteering at Sojourn provides many rewarding opportunities. View our Volunteer Manual to find out in greater depth what is involved with the volunteer process. The document explains in detail many of the roles and responsibilities associated with volunteer work at Sojourn. Additionally, compliance forms have been included for you to complete should you make the decision to volunteer for us. We thank you in advance for your interest and hope to hear from you soon!

Positions

There are numerous volunteer positions currently available at Sojourn. They include the following:

  1. Horse leading
  2. Tacking up the horse (putting on the pad, saddle, halter, bridle, etc.)
  3. Sidewalking (walking along side the horse while spotting/supporting the rider)
  4. Cleaning tack
  5. Cleaning paddocks
  6. Cleaning stalls
  7. Setting up the arena with games and activities

Requirements

Sojourn very much appreciates individuals who want to support and serve our special riders. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and commit to a negotiated day/time for six weeks. Certainly, we welcome and hope our volunteers want to stay forever! We expect open communication and we will provide you with all the training you need to ensure you are comfortable in the volunteer capacity you choose.

Training

Sojourn requires you make an appointment with our program manager/volunteer coordinator, Carol Karps  (779.875.1492), to set up a training session after which you will receive a certificate of completion. During that time, you will:

  1. View a short PATH International volunteer training video
  2. Groom a horse
  3. Tack a horse
  4. Sidewalk along side a horse that will be ridden by another volunteer
  5. Lead a horse under the supervision of an experienced handler 
  6. General barn protocol and procedures

This training is to expose you to the various volunteer positions available. Additionally, even if you are not familiar with horses, but you want to work toward that end, we will provide instruction with experienced volunteers until you are competent and comfortable.

Schedule

Once you are a certified volunteer, we will add you to the schedule per your availability/block.

Become a Therapeutic Riding Instructor

PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemaship International) accredits programs that deliver courses toward certification as a therapeutic riding instructor. Contact PATH at 1-800-369-RIDE, or by mail: PO Box 33150 Denver, CO 80233.