Hippotherapy is a very effective way to help children and adults with disabilities to improve physically and mentally. However, it is also very cost and labor intensive. Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to provide this service. THANK YOU!
Sundance Circle is committed to providing a safe, inviting, and therapeutic atmosphere for horses and patients so that physical, occupational and speech therapy can be effective in improving the lives and families of their patients.
Current shifts are
As our program expands we hope to provide more openings at least 6 days a week.
The activities listed below are particularly strenuous or difficult to learn. We like to alternate activities to increase volunteers’ skills and psychological engagement, however volunteers need not be able to perform all activities, and most times may choose to perform duties as he or she prefers.
Volunteer activities may include the following:
Sidewalking – walking beside a patient as she is mounted helping to ensure his or her safety and security while mounted. Sidewalkers are specially trained help with a loss of balance or emergency dismount. Generally sidewalkers are not asked to walk in excess of two 30 minute sessions and are given a break between sessions.
Leading – guiding a specially trained horse before, during and after a patient is mounted, as per the riding instructors directions. Volunteers undergo training to ensure their comfort and confidence in meeting and being around a horse prior to being assigned to this theory. Due to the nature of this task, it is preferred that a volunteer has horse experience for this role but it is not necessary, however they must complete the training and demonstrate proficiency prior to becoming a leader.
Grooming and Tacking Up – includes brushing and preparing the horse and the riding equipment (tack) for a patient, or taking off tack and caring for the horse after the ride is complete. Special training for this task is provided.
Miscellaneous Duties – barn chores, greeting patients and their companions, preparing patients, tidying up, offering drinks, feeding horses and other animals, mucking stalls, and other duties.