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Equine Care Volunteers

Skills Assessment:  Wrangler
(Demonstrate techniques described in the operations manual)

 Communication through body language

  • Demonstrate ability to read horse & respond
  • Demonstrate body language that provides clear communication with the horse
  • Demonstrate appropriate praise for work done by equine
  • Demonstrate correct body position of leader at halt, walk, trot and turn
  • Leader does not contribute to horse stress level

Leading

  • Demonstrate proper hand placement with two hands on the lead rope
    • Should  not be grabbing buckle of lead rope or halter
    • Should not have rope so long horse can step over it
  • Demonstrate use of aids such as voice and end of lead rope
  • Demonstrate leading through pasture gates as described in operations manual
  • Demonstrate ability to prevent horse from eating grass
  • Demonstrate leading in and out of stalls as described in operations manual

Grooming

  • Demonstrate correct placement of halter
  • Demonstrate leading in and out of stalls as described in operations manual
  • Demonstrate grooming bay procedures as described in the operations manual
  • Demonstrate proper use of grooming tools
  • Demonstrate proper care of hooves

Tacking & Un-Tacking

  • Demonstrate ability to prepare tack according to posted tack sheets
  • Demonstrate proper placement of head gear
  • Demonstrate proper placement of saddle and pads
  • Demonstrate proper girthing procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to return tack in organized manner to the appropriate location

Ability to work in a team environment

  • Demonstrate ability to follow posted directions
  • Communicate with team members
  • Demonstrate awareness of surrounds and ability to respond accordingly

Emergency Procedures

  • Can explain emergency procedures as it applies to your responsibilities
  • Ability to respond to any situation appropriately and in a timely manner

Junior Volunteers:  Junior volunteers are 12 to 16 years of age and work under the direct supervision of the equine manager or a volunteer mentor. They do not participate directly in lessons. Junior volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or another adult until they have demonstrated that their maturity and skills are at the level where a staff person determines an adult is no longer necessary.  Junior volunteers must demonstrate the ability to act responsibly in the barn area, complete task, and follow barn rules and guidelines. 
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at CKRH volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Previous horse experience is preferred
  • Successful completion of CKRH junior volunteer training
  • Basic horse skills are required such as picking hooves, grooming, safe leading techniques and leading horses through pasture gates with other horses which are loose
  • Assist CKRH wrangler with getting horses ready for lessons
  • Assist CKRH wrangler with caring for horses after lessons
  • Set up and take down lesson rings
  • Prepare stalls for horses coming in
  • Clean stalls, feed tubs, water buckets
  • Clean tack

 Barn Help:  Barn helpers keep our facility organized, clean, and safe.  Duties will vary. Training will be on an individual basis.
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at CKRH volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Previous horse experience is not required
  • Duties are assigned according to skills of volunteer

Haycrew:  Haycrew is the team of volunteers who feed and care for our horses.  Haycrew volunteers are year-round and are able to commit on a monthly basis, to a weekly designated time slot. 
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at CKRH volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Previous horse experience is required
  • Successful completion of haycrew training
  • Ability to have reliable on time attendance
  • Ability to identify & differentiate between horses
  • Feed hay, grain, and supplements
  • Clean automatic waterers
  • Clean and fill troughs and buckets
  • Check horses for illness or injury
  • Bring horses in and out of the barn as needed
  • Prepare stalls for horses coming in
  • Clean stalls
  • Put on or take off muzzles, blankets and fly masks as needed
  • Clean and put away feed pans, buckets, rakes, muck tubs and other tools used
  • Clean mini pen
  • Blow barn aisle and assist in maintaining an obstacle-free, clean barn area
  • Assist in maintaining a clean feed area


Pamper Pals: Pamper pals work under the direction of the equine manager to obtain the highest standard of health and well being for our horse herd. 
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at CKRH volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Previous horse experience
  • Successful completion of pamper pal training
  • Groom horses
  • Bathe horses
  • Perform basic first aid on minor scrapes
  • Administer hoof treatments
  • Set up Equissage treatments
  • Take horses for walks
  • Feed grain to horses needing an extra meal
  • Clean stalls or grooming bays used during your session 

Ground Work Assistants: Ground work assistants work under the direction of the equine trainer to improve the ground manners of our therapy horses and insure that each horse feels comfortable in lessons.  The result of this training and conditioning is a more enjoyable and safe lesson environment for all horses, participants, and volunteers.
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at CKRH volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Intermediate to advanced previous horse experience
  • Pass a ground work skills assessment
  • Groom, bathe, administer hoof treatments, set up Equissage treatments
  • Tack horses
  • Walk/trot in hand through a pattern or obstacle course
  • Work with lesson objects (balls, noisemakers, other toys, cones, barrels, mounting blocks, etc.) to desensitize the horse
  • Work with a partner or two to accustom the horse to sidewalkers
  • Clean stalls or grooming bays used during your session
  • Clean and condition tack used during your session

Mounted Training & Conditioning Assistants: Mounted training & conditioning assistants work under the direction of the equine trainer, training and exercising horses to keep them supple, physically fit, and more responsive to their riders.  There are two categories of training and conditioning volunteers.  The level is determined by ability, experience, and how long a volunteer has been with CKRH.  Responsibilities include those listed below, as well as any of those listed under ‘ground work assistants.’  Horses used during training sessions must be appointed or approved by the equine manager or program director.

Level I
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at CKRH volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Intermediate to advanced previous horse experience
  • Pass the level I lunging & riding test given by the equine manager or have a C1 level Pony Club rating
  • May only ride while a staff member is present at CKRH
  • Free lunge in the round pen
  • Lunge
  • Train and condition horses under saddle, including warm up and cool down periods
  • Groom horse before and after session
  • Clean stalls or grooming bays used during your session
  • Clean and condition tack used during your session

Level II
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at CKRH volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Intermediate to advanced previous horse experience
  • Complete at least 6 months of consistent work as a level I mounted training & conditioning assistant
  • Pass the level II lunging & riding test given by the equine manager or have at least C2 level Pony Club rating
  • May ride approved horses with another level II rider present, without a staff member present at CKRH, under the condition that the equine manager or program director has authorized the session
  • Free lunge in the round pen
  • Lunge
  • Long-line or ground drive
  • Train and condition horses under saddle, including warm up and cool down periods
  • Groom horse before and after session
  • Clean stalls or grooming bays used during your session
  • Clean and condition tack used during your session


Contact Information:

PO BOX 13155
Lexington, KY 40583
Phone:859.231.7066 | Fax: 859.252.5016
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