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How To Improve Your Life: Upsides To Volunteering

A recent study* confirmed what many already know - Volunteering is good for you!

  • helps you make new friends and connections 

  • a great activity to do with a friend or with your family (or even your friend's family!)

  • increases self-confidence

  • combats depression

  • helps you stay physically healthy

  • makes you a more interesting person and fills in the awkward "what do you do in your spare time" question!

To register online  click here, download an application, or email us today!

Our current volunteers will tell you they get just as much from being around our students as the students get from them. Having a front-row seat to the healing journey of our participants Is a gift that cannot be overstated!

"When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group ot American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being "very happy" rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy - a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000-$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers."

Why Volunteer At TSTRC?

As a local facility, our volunteers, instructors, and riders become a close-knit barn family. Volunteers are extremely important to our treatment process because the riders form a bond and trust with their regular volunteers. Our volunteers also get the experience of working with horses without the commitment of owning one.


Whether you want to have a regular weekly volunteer slot or can only help out occasionally, we can find a place for you at Tri-State!  Your help matters.

Meet our current Volunteer Star in the latest issue of our Newsletter by clicking

below to subscribe!

Volunteer Overview

Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center depends on the talents and time of our amazing volunteer crew! They do it all - scooping manure, leading horses, picking hooves, feeding, entertaining kids between lessons, and generally being the engine that keeps us running. They are truly the unsung heroes of our operation. And we are always on the lookout for more to add to our team. If you're interested, please review this information and get in touch with us - we'd love to meet you!

Horse Preparation and Barn Work
  • Clean stalls

  • Assist with feeding

  • Assist with grooming

  • Turn horses in/out 

  • Apply horse fly masks in summer

  • Apply horse blankets in winter

  • Fill water troughs and do light pasture maintenance 

  • Clean areas throughout barn 

  • Clean tack

Therapeutic Lesson Help
  • Lead horse

  • Sidewalk with riders

  • Assist instructor with activities/arena set-up

As a Certified PATH® International Member Center, we follow their guidelines for training for volunteers in order to keep participants, horses and instructors safe and provide the best environment for therapy.

Application + Handbook

Register on our online form, OR:

Download application to complete and print, then mail or bring to the barn office.

Download Volunteer Handbook

Volunteer Appreciation

2024 Volunteer Appreciation Event

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