Organization Description: Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding (PRTR) is a non-profit organization that provides equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals of all ages with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. We are a PATH Int'l. Center Member, located in Franktown, CO. Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding aims to encourage individuals of all ages with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential by providing safe, supportive, and quality therapeutic riding services.
Project Description: Students will volunteer either as Horse Handlers/Leaders or Side Walkers
Horse Handlers/Leaders: Horse leaders are an integral part of every riding lesson provided at Promise Ranch. Horse Handlers are responsible for grooming and tacking the horse before the student arrives, or assisting the students with grooming and tacking in some cases. The Horse Handler controls and guides the horse during the lesson, ensuring the safety of the students and volunteers. The Horse Handler must be able to take direction from the Instructor, allow the client to guide the horse when appropriate, but still maintain control of the horse at all times. Horse Handler must be safety minded at all times. Volunteers with horse experience are preferred for this position, however, Horse Handler training is available periodically for volunteers wishing to learn and move into this role.