Horse Program Volunteers
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many of the Sunshine Acres programs, and the barn is no exception! We are blessed to have truly wonderful volunteers willing to work hard to help us provide exceptional care for our animals and individual attention in lessons for our children. Our program could not be what it is today without such immense help and support from the community!
We are often looking for new volunteers in the horse program to help with the daily work associated with care and lessons. While prior horse experience always helps, we teach you everything you need to know for these positions so volunteering is accessible even to those with little to no horse knowledge.
Generally, we find most groups take a few weeks to get on track and then they get into a rhythm that makes chores go by in a flash! A Ranch Hand never works alone. You are always paired with at least one other volunteer or staff member to help you! If you already have a group of friends who wants to volunteer on a regular basis with you, we may be able to give you your own shift. In a typical shift you will clean stalls, fill water buckets, throw hay, feed grain, and turn horses in or out depending on the time of day. Depending on your time availability, Ranch Hands can also help groom or wash the horses after chores are completed. While Ranch Hands do not often work directly with the children of Sunshine Acres, understand that through this volunteer position you are doing tremendous work to help keep this important program running for the children. Healthy, happy horses = a better program for the children. Everything here comes full circle!