Volunteer

TROT is able to function due to the assistance of more than 150 trained volunteers per week. A volunteer must be at least 14 years of age and in good health. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Working directly with the riders (horse handler/side walker)
  • Facilitating non-mounted therapeutic equine activities
  • Office tasks, yard work
  • Special events

The Volunteer Coordinator will assign the volunteers to duties appropriate to the volunteer’s abilities, training and availability. Several high schools and college classes offer course credit for volunteer work at TROT.

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Volunteer Job Descriptions

Side Walker

(Volunteer Orientation and Side Walker classes are required. Equine background not necessary) This volunteer serves as a “safety net” for the rider by walking or jogging along side the horse and rider. The Side Walker interacts with the student at the direction of the instructor. The volunteer must be in good health and able to be physically active and mentally alert and focused for the one hour session. He/she must also be able to tolerate severe heat and dust. Training is provided and covers such things as communication with the student, assisting with mounts and dismounts, arena work and trotting.

Horse Handler

(Orientation and horse handler training at TROT by instructional staff.)  This volunteer must be in good health and able to be physically active and mentally alert and focused for the 1 hour session. He/she must be able to tolerate severe heat and dust. The Horse Handler is responsible for grooming, tacking, warming up, leading the horse through the lesson and untacking the horse afterwards. Prospective handlers must submit our Horse Handler questionnaire so that we may assess the volunteer’s abilities and experience.

Horse Handler Questionnaire


Time Commitment

Our classes are one hour and our semesters are 12 weeks long from September to May. Volunteers commit to one class per week for the 12 week semester or if unable to do so can act as substitute side walkers or horse handlers on an on call basis.


2017-2018 Session Dates

Volunteer Training – TBA

Volunteer application must be submitted to be considered for training sessions.

2017 Fall Semester:  (September 11 – December 16)

September 11:  Start of Semester

Break: October 22 – October 28

Thanksgiving Break: November 19 – November 25

December 16:   Last day of classes

2018 Winter Semester: (January 8 – April 7)

January 8:  Start of Semester

Break: February 18 – February 24

April 7:  Last day of classes

2018 Spring Semester: (April 16 – May 26)


All Orientations and trainings are scheduled for Saturday mornings 8:00 a.m-12:00 noon. Bookmark the link below to have a direct link to our TROT Calendar. Thank you for your interest and commitment to TROT. We hope to see you in the fall!

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