Volunteering at Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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Volunteering at the Ranch As you drive the dirt-road leading to Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, there is a slight feeling of concern as you wonder whether youre in the right place. But as you pull in, you see the large riding arena; the horses lift their sleek heads to see who has come to visit and whether they have a carrot; volunteers wave and smile; and you think, This is good. I could help out here.

Once youve made that decision, youll find that you have joined one of the most supportive communities Santa Barbara has to offer. With over 60 riders (some with special needs, some recovering from illness or strokes, some with PTS), there are over 100 volunteers to support them. From those who work with the horses, getting them tacked and ready to ride, to those who partner with a rider to ensure they feel safe and secure while taking their first few steps. These dual communities work in perfect tandem, each giving to the other, ensuring everyone feels rewarded, and goes home happy. How many people get to say that after a full days work?

We like to say, Hearts Volunteers do more than simply give their time. They help change lives. The truth is, our lives are changed in turn. All it takes is one lesson in which the rider youre supporting achieves something they never thought they could do. You feel that rush of success right along with them, clapping and grinning like a crazy person, certain that this might be the best moment of your day.

As Hearts continues to grow, we are continuously seeking additional Volunteers and donations to help further our programs and support the Santa Barbara community. If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch with us: volunteers@heartsriding.org or 805.964.1519.

VOLUNTEERS CAN
  • Assist riders during their weekly lessons
  • Groom horses
  • Learn tacking skills
  • Work with therapeutic riding instructors
  • Provide maintenance assistance
  • Provide administrative assistance
  • Clean tack
  • And much, much more.
HEARTS IS SEEKING
  • Used tack and tog for our Tack Shack.
    The Tack Shack sells gently used tack and tog donated by the community to support rider scholarships.
    Donations of Tack and Tog can be dropped off at the Tack Shack on Tuesdays 2-4 and Saturdays 12-4, or by appointment.
  • Office equipment: Copy machine, computer task chairs, file cabinets, book shelves, Android Tablet for Volunteer sign-in, microwave, coffee-maker.

May 15, 2015

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Volunteering at the Ranch As you drive the dirt-road leading to Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, there is a slight feeling of concern as you wonder whether youre in the right place. But as you pull in, you see the large riding arena; the horses lift their sleek heads to see who has come to visit and whether they have a carrot; volunteers wave and smile; and you think, This is good. I could help out here.

Once youve made that decision, youll find that you have joined one of the most supportive communities Santa Barbara has to offer. With over 60 riders (some with special needs, some recovering from illness or strokes, some with PTS), there are over 100 volunteers to support them. From those who work with the horses, getting them tacked and ready to ride, to those who partner with a rider to ensure they feel safe and secure while taking their first few steps. These dual communities work in perfect tandem, each giving to the other, ensuring everyone feels rewarded, and goes home happy. How many people get to say that after a full days work?

We like to say, Hearts Volunteers do more than simply give their time. They help change lives. The truth is, our lives are changed in turn. All it takes is one lesson in which the rider youre supporting achieves something they never thought they could do. You feel that rush of success right along with them, clapping and grinning like a crazy person, certain that this might be the best moment of your day.

As Hearts continues to grow, we are continuously seeking additional Volunteers and donations to help further our programs and support the Santa Barbara community. If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch with us: volunteers@heartsriding.org or 805.964.1519.

VOLUNTEERS CAN
  • Assist riders during their weekly lessons
  • Groom horses
  • Learn tacking skills
  • Work with therapeutic riding instructors
  • Provide maintenance assistance
  • Provide administrative assistance
  • Clean tack
  • And much, much more.
HEARTS IS SEEKING
  • Used tack and tog for our Tack Shack.
    The Tack Shack sells gently used tack and tog donated by the community to support rider scholarships.
    Donations of Tack and Tog can be dropped off at the Tack Shack on Tuesdays 2-4 and Saturdays 12-4, or by appointment.
  • Office equipment: Copy machine, computer task chairs, file cabinets, book shelves, Android Tablet for Volunteer sign-in, microwave, coffee-maker.

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