Stepping Stones was founded by volunteers and continues to run successfully because of our dedicated and selfless volunteers. Volunteers assist with all the functions on the ranch including feeding, cleaning, exercising the horses, helping during lessons, performing ranch maintenance, and fundraising. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, though those under 12 must be accompanied by a parent.
The Role You Play
Our volunteers continue to be the foundation of our equine program and assist in many different ways. As a volunteer you will be taught the proper and safe way to maintain our active and friendly herd of horses. In addition you will assist our instructors during their lessons to assure the safety and maximum enjoyment of our students. You will learn and perform such rewarding activities as:
- Grooming and tacking of lesson horses
- Leading and side walking with students during lessons and trail rides
- General horse care
- Stall/pasture cleaning/maintenance
- Feeding of all animals (horses, goats and cats)
- Assisting with fundraising
- Assisting at birthday parties held at the ranch including crafts supervision and horse preparation
Depending upon your desires and experiences you may be asked to help construct and/or repair ranch facilities; repair fences; install new structures of all kinds, etc.
While not required, it is desirable to have some basic horse handling experience. Safety is paramount to us, both on and off the horse. In addition to knowing and understanding basic horsemanship, it is important for all volunteers to be aware of additional precautions needed when working with both horse and rider. Our head trainer will work closely with you to ensure all areas of safety are covered prior to assisting with lessons.
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Thank you for you interest in our program, we hope you will become an integral part of our team. You can contact us by calling Nancy McChesney at 805-368-2117 to arrange a convenient time to visit us. or by email at: