Talbot Special Riders would not exist without the help of our wonderful volunteers!
Talbot Special Riders could not function without its large group of volunteers. Although we have many very dedicated long-term volunteers, there is still a constant turnover as riders and schedules change and expand, so we are always seeking new help. Training is provided, and volunteers do not have to be “horse people” or have experience with disabled persons in order to help.
You will learn to appreciate our disabled riders, as well as make new friends. You will also gain tremendous satisfaction from watching the riders improve physically, mentally, and emotionally. Best of all, you will be making life brighter for these special people.
You are welcome to observe the program to see what it is all about. Below are just some of the many ways volunteers can help with our program:
Horse Leaders are responsible for the care of the horse, before during and after the lesson. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the lessons and anticipate staying at least 15 minutes after the lessons are complete. This includes grooming, tacking, and warming up (leading around the arena if needed). Horse leaders help ensure the safety of the horse and rider during lessons
Sidewalkers are responsible for the safety of the rider. He/she walks beside the horse in lessons and offers physical and emotional support to the rider. Sidewalkers help riders reach their lesson goals.
The Horse Resource Person oversees the needs of the horses between lessons.
The Reception Area Resource Person oversees the reception area of the TSR office.
Equine Learning Assistants work by helping instructor during the group sessions involving various Equine Facilitated Learning activities. This involves mentoring and encouraging participants as they work with the horses individually, or in teams.
- Barn volunteers - assisting with barn chores such as mucking, dumping muck tubs from arena, watering, turning out horses, cleaning tack and tack room
- Office volunteers - assisting with various office related duties such as filing, answering phones, returning messages, cleaning office areas
- Special skills volunteers - grant writing, photography, event planning/fundraising, landscaping
Volunteers select the time frame that best fits their schedule. We have a minimum age of 14 for volunteers.
All sessions are held at:
6292 Statum Road
Preston, MD 21655
For more information or to come and observe the program,
please call 443-239-4953.