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If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, APPLY here to complete a volunteer application, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 505-206-9090 An online or pdf version of our application is at the bottom of this page.
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Volunteering is a tremendously self-rewarding adventure. At Loving Thunder, you can choose from some great jobs and committees. All of these jobs or committees are designed to help support our special needs programs. Whatever your talents or interests, we can put them to good use at Loving Thunder.
Although horse experience is appreciated in many positions you will not be excluded if you do not have it. We have an extensive training program and are willing to help you learn what is needed to perform the jobs. Horse experience varies from person to person and DOES NOT excuse you from participating in our training program. Please be aware that our horses are for program use and training purposes only. Their primary purpose is to provide service to our participants.
Do you have a talent for horses? This position involves a good working knowledge of horse behaviors, training methods, a calm presence, and riding skills. You are in charge of the horse during our lessons. You are expected to be able to warm up the horses in our round pen prior to lessons. Previous horse experience, or completed training and no less than 30 hrs. of sidewalking experience is required. You will be asked to help with stall maintenance as well.
Do you like working with individuals with disabilities? This position will be assisting our riders when necessary to accomplish the tasks involved in grooming, tacking, mounting, dismounting, and riding in the arena. You must be able to assist riders during an emergency dismount, if needed. You should be healthy and strong enough to lift at least 50 lbs. and walk or trot beside a horse for a minimum of 30 minutes. This job requires you to be physically fit and free of back and shoulder challenges. Your personal well-being is important to us too. You will be asked to help with stall maintenance as well.
Do you like being around the horses? This position will be helping clean and maintain the horse stalls. Clean and fill water buckets. This may require driving a golf cart and 4-wheeler. You should be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs and be free of back and shoulder challenges.
This position is a very close connection with the horses. It requires previous experience with horses and training by our staff. This position helps keep our horses fit, flexible, and happy so they can do their jobs without causing injury to themselves. You will be asked to help with stall maintenance as well.
Would you like to help with duties like data entry, drafting correspondence, monthly newsletter, preparing meeting notes and communications with supporters? It is preferred that you have some clerical or managerial experience for this job. Hours are flexible and our staff will support you and your efforts.
Do you like meeting new people in the community? Are you good at organizing fundraising events? Join this team of outgoing individuals and spread our passion for our programs while raising money to keep kids in the saddle
Our program revolves around great volunteers. Be on the team to help develop & assist with training, recognition, and recruiting great people like you. You will be working directly with the community, schools and local agencies to build our teams.