2020 Sidewalker Training

6-8pm on September 8th

Join our team of horses that heal and hearts that care for an unforgettable experience at The Right Path! You can help fulfill a child’s hopes and dreams by volunteering one or more hours per week during a semester of therapeutic riding lessons. We will train you for the positions, so no previous experience is necessary. This FREE training is the first step, so apply today!

Schedule:

  • 6pm Check-in
  • 6:15-7:30 Training
    • Tour of barn, learning to put on helmets and belts, mount and dismount techniques, hand holds, and emergency procedures
  • 7:30-8 Demo Class
    • Get hands-on experience by participating in a live class!

Optional: for volunteers who have served at least one semester as a sidewalker, we do offer additional training as a leader. If we have enough interest, we will schedule a leader training as well. Let us know if you’re interested in the application form above!

Our participants need YOU!

volunteer helping student groom gray horse

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteering in our William’s Walk program is a physically and mentally active position. Please be prepared to walk 1.5+ miles with short distances of jogging during each lesson. The children love trotting, so you will likely hear, “trot on!” frequently. The biggest smiles always follow!

To provide the safest services, we require our class volunteers to be at least 14 years old. For younger volunteers, we would love to involve them in other ways. They can help with cleaning, setting up and tearing down the arena activities, and help our participants with projects while they are waiting for their class.

Please also commit to your weekly class. The students build relationships with their volunteers, so they want to see you each week! If you are unable to make it to a class, we understand! just let us know as early as possible.

Arena Volunteer Positions

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Sidewalker

As a side-walker, your primary focus is the rider. After helping him or her get a helmet and belt on, you walk alongside the horse and rider during a 45-minute riding lesson. Your tasks are to help the rider safely ride the horse, engage in the activities, correctly cue the horse, and complete the instructor’s assigned tasks.

volunteers helping riding on chestnut horse

Leader

After volunteering for a semester as a sidewalker, you can progress to a leader. As a leader, your focus is on the horse. You lead the horse through the class, following the instructor’s lesson plan and directions. We also provide additional training to become a horse handler and master horse handler so that you can develop your own skills too!

volunteer training hand holds on barrel horse with a student rider

Other Options

If a weekly class commitment isn’t an option for you, we also need sub volunteers, office help, handyman work, snack makers, and people to do projects with students in between classes. If you have hands and a heart to serve, we have a place for you!

Let us know if we can count on you today!

Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community in a way that blesses you as well. You build relationships with your riders, witness their progress and joy, gain experience and training in horsemanship, and go home each day knowing you’ve made someone else’s day a little brighter!

For more info or to join our team of volunteers volunteers, fill out the application below or email us at volunteer@therightpathok.org.