Volunteers  are the backbone of any equine therapy program. That is very true at  Inspire Equine Therapy Program. Without volunteers, Inspire would not be  able to fullfill its mission of providing equine therapy to teens and  adults with disabilities. 

Volunteering  at Inspire is much more than a regular donation of time and service. It  involves becoming part of a larger community. 

Inspire  volunteers participate in all aspects of activity, and do so as  individuals, members of work groups, families and participants in  community service programs. They give their time, talents and energy to  help support Inspire and the people it serves. 

Volunteers need to be a  minimum of 14 years old.  Volunteers need to commit to volunteering every week. Volunteers need to be able to walk for 30 minutes in deep sand and jog for short distances. 


Some of the benefits of volunteering:

  • Enjoy a positive and supportive environment
  • Learn new skills/gain experience working with people and horses
  • Resume building
  • References for school and work
  • Be part of a fun and rewarding experience!

What we need from you:

  • Commitment and reliability
  • Willingness to learn and put forth good effort
  • Effective communication
  • Adherance to policies and procedures
  • Be kind and respectful of others


Volunteer Opportunities

Lesson Program

Volunteers assist by leading horses or walking beside riders (sidewalking) during classes. Horse leaders come with an understanding of, and experience with horses. Sidewalkers do not need experience.  Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week. 

Equine Learning Coach
Equine Learning Coaches assist staff in teaching unmounted horsemanship skills such as grooming and horse care.  Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week. 

Special Events
Volunteers serve on event committees and assist with production during the various fundraisers and special events that Inspire holds each year. 

Groups such as corporate groups, youth groups, or community service organizations may support Inspire with a one-day volunteer effort, usually assisting with facility projects or special events. 

Carriage Driving Program
Driving volunteers include horse handlers who assist harnessing and hitching and able- bodied whips who accompany students in the carriage. Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week. 

Horse Care
Volunteers work directly with barn staff to help feed and care for the horses and the facility. After 50 volunteer hours, they are eligible to become “Barn Buddies” and provide TLC to a special horse. Volunteers in the equine program should be willing to commit to a specified, consistent period of time each week.

Special Skills
Volunteers who possess skills or professional/technical experience that may benefit Inspire, such as photography, graphic design, computer knowledge, etc., are encouraged to contact us.

 ​​New volunteers must complete the background check if 18 years old and older*, attend a General Orientation and an additional training session specific to their role. 


Background Check

 * Volunteers are required to pay for and complete the background screening before they start volunteering.  

Volunteeer Background Screening 18+

Volunteer Registration Paperwork and Volunteer Manual