TROT is able to function due to the help of over 230 trained volunteers per week.
Volunteer opportunities include:




“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others” -Stan Amille

Volunteer Opportunities

Side Walker

Side Walker 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.

Horse Handler

The Horse Handler is responsible for grooming, tacking, warming up, leading the horse through the lesson and untacking the horse afterwards.

Special Events

Special events are a great way for your group to get involved with TROT. We host many events throughout the year and would love to partner with your group.​

Property & Barn

We always need groups or individuals who can help keep our facilities maintained. If you are over 14 years old, we have needs from raking to painting.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

TROT is always on the look out for volunteers and brining a group is a great way to contribute. We always have something for our volunteers to do!

Internship Opportunities

Why settle for a boring routine internship when you can be gaining highly respected experience AND making a difference in the lives of individuals living with special needs. Learn more about the many internship opportunities TROT has to offer.

Volunteer FAQ

Who do I contact to Apply for Volunteer Opportunities?2022-09-22T16:04:47-07:00

Contact Laura at volunteer@trotarizona.org for more information or click here to use our online form.

How many hours per week do I need to volunteer for?2022-09-06T18:37:59-07:00

For volunteers that participate in our therapeutic riding classes, we ask that they commit to at least one class per semester. This helps us maintain consistency for our riders and our horses. Each semester is 12 weeks long (with the exception of our 6-week spring semester). Depending upon your role in the class, this is a time commitment of anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours per class. For volunteers that assist with office, property, or fundraising needs, hours will vary.

I do not have any horse experience, can I still volunteer?2022-09-06T18:37:41-07:00

We invite all skill levels to participate in volunteering at TROT. We start all volunteers out with Orientation and Side Walker Training. As a side walker, you will be responsible for assisting the rider. You will be next to the horse, but not leading. If you wish to expand your skill set, we hold Horse Handler Trainings, as well as Ground Schooling. After completion of these pieces of training, volunteers will undergo a skills check before being cleared to horse handle during classes.

I am a seasonal resident, will I still be able to volunteer?2022-09-06T18:37:23-07:00

Absolutely! TROT runs its therapeutic riding program in semesters. Our Winter session runs from mid-January to mid-April. This tends to be the best fit for those that escape the heat, come summertime. While we do prefer that volunteers commit to the entire semester, we also understand that life happens. For this reason we keep a very active “Substitute List” for volunteers who can only help out on an as needed basis.

I just want to work with the horses, are there any opportunities for that?2022-09-06T18:37:04-07:00

TROT has a very dedicated staff that ensures our horses get the best care possible. The best way to get involved with our horses is to attend our trainings and become a Horse Handler. Once you have completed the training and demonstrated the appropriate skill level, more opportunities will become available to you.

Is there a certain age I must be to volunteer?2022-09-06T18:36:41-07:00

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and demonstrate the maturity level appropriate for working around horses and vulnerable populations.

I am unable to tolerate the physical demands of assisting with therapeutic riding classes, can you still use my help?2022-09-06T18:34:50-07:00

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities related to office help, fundraising assistance, and property work for those who do not wish to participate in our classes.

What days of the week do you have volunteer opportunities available?2022-09-06T18:36:01-07:00

During our busy season, TROT has volunteer opportunities up to 7 days a week. We typically hold our Therapeutic Riding classes in the early morning and late afternoon on weekdays and Saturdays.

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