Rainbow Riders is staffed almost entirely by a dedicated group of volunteers. We are always looking for energetic and motivated volunteers to help with our group lessons.
During a single therapeutic riding session, we can have as many as four children with varying diagnoses riding in group lessons. For each child to ride, it takes one horse leader, two side walkers and an instructor to make the lesson possible!
In order to volunteer with our organization you must be at least 14 years of age. In addition, interested volunteers must submit a volunteer form and code of conduct. If you have any further questions about joining our volunteer team please contact us!
We have need for the following types of volunteer positions available:
It is the instructor's role to direct the session to ensure the both the rider and therapy horse are safe and that the session is being performed correctly in line with the therapy program.
Each therapy horse needs an experienced horse person to lead them during their lesson. Horse leaders are typically volunteers who have helped with our program
regularly, know our horses well and have experience and confidence handling horses in all situations.
Each child who rides needs a side walker on each side of them while they ride. Side walkers provide support to the rider using a number of different holds. Each rider's needs are individualized. Before side walkers begin their lesson they are given a description of their rider as well as what hold the rider will need. When scheduling riders and side walkers, we are careful to match the rider’s needs to the volunteer’s level of experience.
Helping with Horse Care
Operating a 13 horse barn year round is a lot of work and we wouldn’t be able to maintain everything without help from our volunteers. During the weekends, volunteers help with horse feedings, turning the horses outside/inside, cleaning stalls, grooming our therapy horses and, on occasion, exercising them.
Completed forms can be mailed to:
Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Riding
Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.
P.O. Box 23199
St. John’s, NL
Or emailed to: