Ways to Volunteer as an Individual

As COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to be lifted we are cautiously welcoming more volunteer support on-site. This includes a few therapeutic lesson support roles that are suited for less experienced or inexperienced volunteers like side-walking. As these roles require close contact we recommend vaccinated volunteers. The health and safety of our community is very important to us and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we increase capacity safely.

All volunteer shifts are by approval only. For approval please email us at volunteer@gallopnyc.org and share your level of horse knowledge, including whether you believe you have the skill-set needed to lead-walk a horse during our therapeutic riding lessons and tack up horses to prepare for lessons. Based on your level of experience we will share options to get you started. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Administrative Volunteer  |  Join the Board/Offer Pro Bono Services

Therapeutic horsemanship teaches the skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental, emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider. Under the direction of a PATH International certified instructor, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn and have FUN! Volunteers play a very important role in our therapeutic riding lessons. In fact, we can't have lessons without you. New volunteers support our riders during therapeutic riding lessons by walking alongside the horse and supporting the riders and leading our horses. Experienced volunteers can support our therapeutic riding programs by becoming Site Leaders or Paddock Masters.

Volunteer requirements

• Age 16+ or by instructor permission
vAbility to stand and walk for an extended period (at least 30-minute intervals)
• Ability to briefly jog with the horse and rider

Volunteer Duties

Side-Walking: Assist the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions by working directly with the riders. Act as an intermediary between the rider and instructor by assisting the rider in carrying out the instructor’s directions.

• Help prepare riders for lessons
• Assist with rider support during mounting and dismounting
• Walk (and jog) next to the rider throughout the class and provide physical support as necessary
• Help the rider follow directions given by the instructor

Lead- Walking: Lead horses during therapeutic riding classes, working with a group of side-walkers, keeping the primary focus on the assigned horse (and not the rider) while maintaining communication with the team.

>• Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions
• Depending on site, will bring horses in and out of the arena

The Volunteer Process:

1. Create your account here - this allows you to manage your own volunteering schedule
2. Complete the online orientation sent to you in an email.
3. Sign up to volunteer by choosing your preferred day and location.
4. Complete the electronic waiver sent to you in a final email.

It's as easy as that!

Administrative Volunteers

Like to stay indoors or work remotely? We need volunteers to help GallopNYC staff with office work ensuring that rider and volunteer paperwork is recorded and handled appropriately. You’ll be trained in data entry through our record-keeping system, Salesforce. Interested? Follow the steps below to get started!

1. Create your account here - this allows you to manage your own volunteering schedule
2. Complete electronic waiver sent via email
3. Share availability via email
4. Look out for an email from us to set up the orientation

It’s as easy as that!

Join the Board/Offer Pro Bono Services

As GallopNYC is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2005, doing uniquely effective therapeutic work with people with disabilities in New York City, we welcome professional pro bono services. Receiving such services facilitates us providing effective and affordable therapeutic services. Interested? Share your interest via email by using the link below.

Share Your Interest in Offering Pro Bono Services