Something for Everyone
Lessons are where most Three Gaits volunteers find their bliss, but there are plenty of other opportunities to use your skills or learn new skills to help our students thrive and grow by interacting with horses, volunteers and staff.
Here are some roles that help Three Gaits serve students, care for horses and keep up the farm. Which one is for you?
Like people and horses? Lessons are for you!
Special talents welcome: bi-lingual, experience with people with a disability, kindness and compassion, schedule flexibility, ability to walk for 45 minutes at a time, and sufficient strength to support a child or adult, and a ready smile!
Benefits: Share the students’ successes in achieving their goals, make a new friend, get your steps in, use and expand your horse handling skills
Main Roles include:
- Sidewalker (walk next to the horse to support the rider)
- Leader (lead the horse in lessons)
- Get horses ready for lessons
- Greeting students and parents/caregivers
Have experience with horses? Horse and Barn Chores are for you!
Special talents welcome: experience with horses, open heart and head to learn the Three Gaits Way, early riser, weekend and evening availability, ability to lift up to 50 pounds and walk around for an hour or more, tractor driving.
Benefits: Build and use those muscles, be around horses to share or increase your own skills, hang out with horse lovers, be part of a friendly care team to work in pairs, groups or solo.
Main roles include:
- Turn-out in the morning, turn-in at night and close the barn replenishing hay and water (yup, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
- Setting up feed and water
- Exercise riding to fulfill each horse’s unique exercise “prescription”
- Assist the horse training team
- Cleaning stalls
- Caring for tack and horse equipment
Like to fix it and maintain it? Facility Care and Projects are for you!
Special talents welcome: repair and build-it know-how, BYO tools (although we have some), ability to schedule routine work and willingness to respond to rapid requests, comfortable working alone or with a group, ability to identify a problem and propose a solution, experience with tractors, yard equipment and power tools.
Benefits: If your place is in good shape and you like to putter, you can satisfy your need to make it right at Three Gaits! Satisfaction of seeing things improve with all your talents.
Main roles include:
- Fence line maintenance
- Yard and pasture care: mowing, weed whacking
- Repair and building projects of all kinds
- Spring and fall spruce up
- Indoor and outdoor arena maintenance
Like working behind-the-scenes? Office and administrative projects are for you!
Special talents welcome: organizational ability, detailed eye, experience with computers, a yen to improve processes, and knock out routine projects.
Benefits: Work at home or indoors at Three Gaits, satisfaction that you help make the student experience outstanding!
Main roles include:
- Assisting with volunteer and donor follow-up
- Assisting organization of events and projects
- Keeping our database current
and other duties as assigned…..
Because we’re a working farm, we have some unique and important tasks that need you every once in a while. Please consider joining our on-call team for:
- Trim trees
- Unload and stack hay bales
- Have a trailer? Help haul large items
- Join us on group work days
As a board-guided organization, we count on talented people to help with strategy, planning and policy development. In addition to an all-volunteer board, we have six committees. Committee members do not need to be Board members. :
- Program Development Committee (meets monthly)
- Facility Committee (meets 3 to 4 times a year)
- Finance Committee (meets monthly)
- Horse Committee (meets monthly)
- People Committee (meets monthly)
- Development (meets quarterly)
So, let’s get started! Click to complete your Volunteer Application form.