2722 Bailey Road
Leeds AL 35094
Last Updated 2018-01-19
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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The mission of The Red Barn is to promote and support equine assisted activities to individuals of all abilities and circumstances, especially children.
The Saddle Up program provides weekly individual or small group therapeutic riding lessons and horsemanship classes for students with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities, as well as those considered at-risk or having special circumstances. One of the goals of this program is to teach horsemanship skills to those who could not be served at other barns.<br/><br/>Horse Play is an inclusive program for those with or without disabilities where groups of children come to the barn to participate in educational, recreational, and therapeutic activities. Horse Play can include academic enrichment classes, art and music sessions, horsemanship classes, or day camps. Regardless of the activity, horses are always integrated in to the curriculum.<br/><br/>The Take the Reins program can be a combination of any of our other programs. It is defined by the participants rather than the activity. Participants in this program are veterans, active or inactive military personnel, and their families.<br/><br/>The Training program is designed to educate prospective therapeutic riding instructors and assist in the development and growth of similar agencies. It also provides opportunities for continued education for our staff and volunteers. This involves hosting clinics on site, such as Horse Boy and Natural Lifemanship, as well as mentor hours for prospective instructors.
All of our programs are horse related, but we have small farm animals (presently, goats and bunnies) on site. These animals are used frequently in our programs. Students may pet the animals, as well as perform general cleaning or care duties with the assistance of a staff member.
Supply Drive VolunteersMinimum Age: 14Our budget is really tight so we love it when our volunteers organize supply drives for us to collect necessary items like toilet paper, paper towels, stamps, copy paper, printer ink, bottled water, snacks, baby wipes, post-it notes, pens, pencils, crayons, and lots of other items. Check out our amazon wishlist to learn more. This is a great way for younger children to develop leadership and organizational skills.
Event VolunteersMinimum Age: 14We love a great party, especially when there's food involved! Come help us organize special events to raise funds for our programs, show appreciation to our donors, honor veterans, or just for whatever excuse we can come up with. In the summer we have our Kentucky Derby Party and Wine Dinner. In June we've got a 10K Race and an event honoring Vietnam Veterans. In the fall we have Bluegrass and Burgers, and over the holidays we'll have our year end campaign. We need your help to make these possible!
Work Group VolunteersMinimum Age: 14Organize a work group to come help us care for the property, tack, stalls, and any other project that's going on. Work groups are a great way to build teamwork within your own group, as well as helping us with projects that need to be completed. Did you know that corporate volunteer programs allow employees to enhance teamwork, communication, project management, and people skills without high costs of professional skill-building courses?
Barn Chores VolunteersMinimum Age: 14Poop happens and we need your help to clean it up. Plus, there are water buckets and troughs to clean, walls to dust, weeds to pull, and horses to groom. Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required. All volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks, and attend a 3 hour orientation. It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students.
Horse Play Camp VolunteersMinimum Age: 14Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required. All volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks, and attend a 3 hour orientation. It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students. Camp volunteers do not have to make a weekly commitment. We also welcome your special talents to help with art, music, outdoor education, and anything else that would make our camp great!
Saddle Up Riding Lesson VolunteersMinimum Age: 14Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required. All lesson volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks (if over age 18), and attend a 3 hour orientation. It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students. To help us ensure consistency for our students, we ask for a weekly one hour commitment for the term, which is usually about 8-10 weeks.
Red Barn Wish ListBottled water
Office supplies (pens, file folders, post-it notes, copy paper, staples)
Printer Ink (HP201A, HP951, HP952XL)
Individually packaged snacks
Batteries (9V, AA, AAA)
Fiebings saddle soap
Wasp and hornet spray
Paint for horses (washable tempera)
Art supplies (markers, construction paper, crayons)
Cleaning supplies (dishwashing liquid, Clorox wipes, baby wipes, paper towels, Windex)