Because we are Path International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) sanctioned, volunteers are required to receive training before they can volunteer. Only those 14 or older are allowed to work directly with participants. Experience and knowledge of horses are not necessary. Training covers the basics of working with people with challenges, horse handling, and volunteer responsibilities. Our training class is a good introduction for riding instructors and therapists interested in pursuing further education in equine-assisted services.
This program is for volunteers 10 to 13 years of age. Pony Pal volunteers cannot help with our participants in the arena, but they are very valuable as they can groom, tack, and assist with the horses outside the arena. Pony Pals must attend HALTER’s Volunteer Orientation and a Pony Pal Training before they become volunteers; this will enable them to interact with our horses safely. Pony Pals are required to have an active parent or guardian that will supervise and participate in Pony Pal Volunteer activities. Experience and knowledge of horses are not necessary.