Volunteer with horses
Animal-assisted therapy has long been recognised as an effective way to help people heal and move on from difficult times in their lives. Our partner organisation uses trained horses to aid in the recovery of children and adolescents who are disabled or have experienced trauma. The children receive one-on-one attention from instructors who support them with riding and caring for the horses. They focus on posture, muscle control and developing of trust and confidence, which can help strengthen vulnerable children both physically and mentally. Our Equine Therapy programme is perfect for anyone who wants to gain experience working with horses and children.
I learnt so much about their practices with the horses, how they go out most days and rake grass to provide the hay, the amount of care and attention they provide for all the children. At the end of my placement, I was invited on a trek along the beach, bareback riding with just a head collar, followed by a photographer and swimming with the horses, walking through the mangroves and just generally enjoying going out with the whole herd.
Your role is to provide love and care to the horses;
You can assist with a variety of tasks
- Cleaning animal enclosures
- Feeding animals
- Walking and socializing animals
- Any other skills or services required
- Site maintenance
Your role is to interact and assist with service users
You can assist with a variety of task:
- Assisting with children’s activities
- Supporting the organisation with day to day activities
- Plan and prepare recreational activities
- Encourage and motivate children to participate in activities
Must have a Criminal Background Check and basic knowledge of horses.
Those volunteering as a child therapist will need to have previous experience working or caring for children.