The type of work you do at Finally Home Horse Rescue will be determined by both your individual abilities and the current needs at the Barn. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for people of all abilities and experience levels. Your skills will be assessed over time and you will be able to take on additional responsibilities as you progress and feel comfortable around the horses. Expect that in your first 3-6 months you will be primarily performing Barn chores and helping with other activities that may not involve working directly with horses. There will be opportunities in regular training clinics for you to be introduced to working with horses and have your skills assessed.
We ask for a minimum 3-month commitment, with at least one session of 2-3 hours per week. In addition to your regularly scheduled hours, volunteers typically participate in the following events.
VOLUNTEER EVENTS These meetings typically last 1-3 hours. When you join our volunteers, you will receive information about specific events as they are scheduled.
New Volunteer Orientation: New volunteers need to attend an orientation. When you apply, the Volunteer Program manger will contact you to schedule a visit to learn more about volunteering. At this meeting, you will learn about our program and complete any paperwork.
Volunteer Meetings: used to communicate new information and scheduled events; an opportunity for volunteers to discuss/provide feedback for improvement.
Assessment / Supervised Clinics: working/training in a group to learn new skills needed to help rehabilitate horses; typically a few times a month.
Plan to attend at least 1 work party per 3-month commitment (4 times a year).
Work parties typically last from 10 am to 3 pm, with lunch provided.
Feel free to invite your friends! This is a great way for people to experience volunteering at the barn without the long-term commitment.
When weather and schedules permit, we try to enable visitors and family to interact with the horses after the work is completed.