SIRE serves adults and children with a wide variety of special needs including, but not limited to cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, AD/HD, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies and educational outreach.
Be a SIDE WALKER Walk beside the rider and their horse in order to assist with balance and reinforce the instructors directions. No horse experience needed.
Be a LEADER Lead the horse in the class and possibly groom and tack up the horse. Prior horse experience IS necessary. Volunteers will work with the horses from the ground and not be asked to ride.
Requirements Side walkers and horse leaders must be able to walk for 30 minutes, be able to jog briefly, and possibly support a moderate amount of weight. The minimum age is 14. Younger volunteers may be asked to participate in opportunities outside the arena (see below) with parental supervision.