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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The mission of StableStrides is to significantly improve the wellbeing of individuals through a connection with horses.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public ServiceOur organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses and also uses horses to provide our services that are cared for and sheltered by another organization(s).
Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs with instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, independent contractors, and/or service providers) who have certified training applicable for people with special needs and specific to the program offerings - either on staff or accompanying clients when participating in our programs
Our organization does not provide community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Horse LeadersMinimum Age: 14Horse Leaders are responsible for the horse’s safety and control at all times. The horse, not the rider, is your responsibility. You reinforce rider’s signals to the horse and maintain proper distance from other horses in the class while walking, changing directions, and passing. You don’t interact directly with the rider; that is the side walker’s job. This role takes extensive horse experience, and if you are new to horses you will be assigned to sidewalk first.
SidewalkersMinimum Age: 14Side Walkers are responsible for the safety of riders. You may assist your rider with helmeting and mounting, at the instructor’s direction. You guide your rider safely as he or she gets to know and care for the horse. During the class itself, your job is to provide safety and support for the rider, specifically to prevent the rider from falling off. Your instructor will give you directions on what type of hold to use with each rider.
Facility Maintenance AssistanceMinimum Age: 14A variety of duties are available in this position including turnout pen cleaning, painting, barn cleaning and chores, etc. These duties can be performed by one person or by a group if you would like to coordinate a group volunteer day.
Administrative AssistanceMinimum Age: 14A variety of duties are available in this position and can include stuffing envelopes for mailers, creating/updating lists using internet research, making phone calls, filing, and other administrative support as needed.
Team LeadersMinimum Age: 18Volunteer Team Leaders assists PPTRC staff in supporting other volunteers in their roles, in order to provide quality experience for our clients. He/ she acts under the direction of the Instructor and reports to the Volunteer Coordinator.
The Team Leader will be nominated by an instructor based on their skills in the following areas: positive attitude, good organizational skills, familiarity with the operation and orientation of classes, comfort with all aspects of horse readiness, extremely safety-conscious, and willing to participate in all new training opportunities available to them in order have the knowledge to train and communicate with all members of their Team.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Arriving 45 min or more prior to class time to help organize daily sessions
• Participating in pre-session briefing with the Instructor to discuss Volunteers, Riders, Horse needs and Instructor specific expectations for the classes
• Checking in with the office- Communicating weekly with Instructors and/or Volunteer Coordinator with regard to comments and concerns, both positive and negative, and upcoming volunteers absences or other issues requiring the attention of the Volunteer Coordinator
• Communication between the office and barn as needed during assigned classes
- Assisting new Volunteers in “first day” training
- Coordinating all of the haltering, grooming, tacking, and warming up of lesson horses according to instructors plan for the day.
- Supporting the Instructor to facilitate volunteer assignments. Makes suggestions to Instructor in regard to Volunteer/Rider needs
- Identifying tasks for Volunteers and filling in as Side Walker/Horse Leader in classes as needed
- Assisting Instructor in checking the tack room after classes to ensure everything is in place and organized for the next classes.
Event Coordination VolunteersMinimum Age: 18Volunteers are needed to help with the planning and execution of PPTRC's annual fundraising and community awareness events. Volunteer duties and commitment can vary from being involved in the entire process to simply helping greet attendees the day of the event. From logistics to in-kind donations to business sponsorships, there is something for everyone!
Mental Health Program VolunteersMinimum Age: 21Mental Health Program Volunteers maintain a safe and supportive environment during lessons, primarily by being an advocate for the horse. They observe and give feedback on horse behaviors, and share observations with the therapist about what is see with clients & horses.
Solid horse handling skills and knowledge of PPTRC procedures is required. Must be able to confidently direct clients safely around horses and able to understand and abide by heightened confidentiality protocol. Excellent communication skills are needed, along with the ability to leave one’s personal issues outside the arena during lessons.
Volunteer Appreciation ItemsGift Cards to Businesses in the Pikes Peak Region
New or Gently Used Horse-themed Items
Other Ideas Welcome!
Three Horse Trailer
Ranch Supplies And ToolsStackable bins for storage
Miscellaneous Ranch & Hand Tools
Portable Loafing Sheds/Hay Barn
Portable Corral Panels
Miscellaneous ItemsKeurig coffee machine and Keurig coffee/drinks to keep our volunteers warm
Easels for Displaying Large Photos and Pictures
New Or Gently Used Saddles And TackTherapeutic Saddle Pads - English & Western
Side Pull Bridles
Surcingle for Pony
Tack Cleaning Supplies
Full-bar Saddles for Large Horses - English and Western
Feed ShedPPTRC is in need of a small feed shed, where hay and feed will be stored. This will allow the current barn being used for this to be utilized to increase the number of therapy sessions that can be conducted as one time, as well as an additional indoor arena to be used for therapy sessions during inclement weather.
Utility VehiclePPTRC is in need of a small utility vehicle for our satellite location at Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs. The vehicle will be used for transporting tack and volunteers to the horse barn, as well as transporting feed and water to horses.