Manes & Motions Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart of our program! The success of our program is attributed to our volunteers' hard work and dedication. Our volunteer needs are many. Whether your experience with horses is lifelong or non-existent, your willingness to give of yourself and your time is what we need. Opportunities are available in the following areas:

Riding Program

Most of our volunteers' time is spent helping with lessons. Many of our volunteers find this to be the most rewarding part of their experience because of the relationship they develop with our riders and horses. There are two roles for volunteers who wish to work with the participants and the horses:

  • Horse leaders are responsible for grooming and tacking, and they lead the horses during lessons. Prior horse experience and attendance at a separate training session is required for this volunteer opportunity.
  • Sidewalkers are responsible for the safety of the rider. They walk on each side of the horse during the rider's lessons. Their role is to assist the rider in understanding the commands of the instructor and to provide the appropriate support for the rider. No prior horse experience is necessary. Attendance at one training session is required prior to volunteering. The training provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to be an active volunteer in our therapeutic riding program. The 2018 volunteer trainings are scheduled as follows:
    • Thursday, February 15th 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, March 10th 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    • Thursday, April 19th 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, May 19th 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    • Thursday, June 21st 5:00 – 7:30 pm
    • Wednesday, July 18th 5:00 – 7:30 pm
    • Thursday, August 9th 5:00 – 7:30 pm
    • Saturday, September 15th 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    • Thursday, October 11th 5:00 – 7:30 pm
    • Saturday, November 17th 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    • Thursday, December 20th 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Event Planning and Fundraising

Manes & Motions is always looking for individuals to assist with the planning, coordinating, and executing of fundraisers and special events.

Special Skills

Please let us know if you would like to contribute in another way or have a special skill that you would like to share, such as carpentry or videography.

If you are interested in volunteering in one of these areas please call 860.685.0008 or email the volunteer coordinator at All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to apply and are required to attend a training session prior to volunteering with the program.

Download Volunteer Application Packet