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Volunteer with Manes & Motions


The success of our program is attributed to our volunteers' hard work and dedication. Whether your experience with horses is lifelong or non-existent, your willingness to give your time is what we need.

Most of our volunteers' time is spent helping with lessons. There are two roles for volunteers who wish to work with the participants and the horses, they are:

-Horse leaders are responsible for grooming and tacking, and they lead the horses during lessons. Prior horse experience is required.

-Sidewalkers are responsible for the safety of the rider. They walk on each side of the horse during the rider's lessons. Their role is to assist the rider in understanding the commands of the instructor and to provide the appropriate support for the rider. No prior horse experience is necessary, as training is provided.

Special Skills
Please let us know if you would like to contribute in another way or have a special skill that you would like to share, such as carpentry or videography.

Contact: Megan McNamara
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Phone: 860-685-0008

Fall, Winter, Spring: Tuesday-Saturday
Summer: Monday-Friday

Please call for more information.

Additional Information:

All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to apply and are required to attend a training session prior to volunteering.

Step 1 – Apply
A Volunteer Application form must be completed & returned to Manes & Motions via mail, email, fax, or dropping off the materials at our facility prior to attending the training session. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator in order to receive the Volunteer Handbook which is required reading prior to training and volunteering.

Step 2 – Register & Train
· Pre-registration is required to attend a training – please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to register.
· Please wear comfortable clothing and safe, hard-soled shoes/boots (riding boots, hiking boots or sneakers) when you come for training. Flip-flops, flats, thin sneakers and open-toed shoes are NOT safe / acceptable.

Minimum commitment is 1 hour per week but volunteers are welcome to go beyond.


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