No gym membership required, and you'll get lots of encouraging nickers from our residents! Without our volunteers, it would not be possible to care for the needs of our horses. Volunteers are crucial to our organization (we are one of few rescues with no paid staff!) and we are grateful to each and every one of them! Consider joining our tight-knit and committed team! We welcome corporate and school volunteer programs. Prior equine experience is not required - we would love to show you the ropes!
We care for over 50 horses at Equus, and there is always something to do! Volunteers are mainly responsible for feeding/watering and stall cleaning, but duties can also include:
Volunteers work daily from roughly 7am to 5pm to make sure our horses are happy and healthy. We are at the barn rain or shine, seven days a week, and on holidays. We work indoors and outdoors in all weather types for various periods of time. The horses are fed three times a day, so we have morning, afternoon and evening shifts. All ages are welcome, but please note that minors must be accompanied by an adult. A microwave, small fridge, and coffee machine are available for volunteer use. We recommend bringing snacks and a drink (which are sometimes provided), and weather-appropriate clothing.
If you would like more information about volunteering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I came to Equus Rescue as a visitor and fell in love with the horses and became a volunteer. After falling for the whole horse family (and cats) I have become especially attached to several horses, each for different reason. I normally come in 3 mornings a week and really enjoy working with the horses. As much as I enjoy the horses I enjoy the other volunteers just as much and certainly consider them friends. Lastly, it is great exercise for any age."
- Bill R., 3yrs
"My daughter started volunteering last fall and would ask me to come out whenever she found herself to be by herself. Fast forward to the Pandemic. I discovered that I had nothing but time on my hands and my daughter's work schedule suddenly changed so that she was able to go out to the barn every other week instead of every week. So I decided to start going out with and without her. One day when my daughter was at work, I headed out to the barn. At the time I was feeling out of sorts and fairly depressed. After a couple of hours, I suddenly realized that the fog had lifted and my mood was 100% better. I do know that coming out to the barn has been a wonderful constant in an otherwise wacky world and being able to volunteer has given me something to look forward to every week. It is awesome to see what is new, whether it is a new resident or a change to how a specific horse is cared for. I will definitely be volunteering for a long time."
- CE, <1yr