Volunteers, Riders, and Horses
- Benefits CARD by assisting to teach safe, therapeutically beneficial classes.
- Benefits the instructors through continuing education, increased knowledge, certification opportunities, the satisfaction of helping others, and socialization opportunities.
- Benefits CARD and the instructor by freeing up the instructor for other tasks.
- Benefits CARD by increasing the number of trained instructors, and the ratio of individualized attention the riders receive.
- Previous teaching/horse experience
- Responsible, punctual, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills, good organizational skills, understanding of disabilities, willingness to achieve certification if not currently certified
- Knowledge of the CARD policies and procedures
- Knowledge of the PATH Accreditation Standards
- Working towards PATH Registered Instructor Certification and/or CanTRA Assistant Instructor
- Must attend a minimum of four out of five scheduled meetings a year.
- Must have volunteered at CARD for a minimum of 6 terms (summer optional).
- To be familiar with and knowledgeable about the riders assigned for the term.
- Assist in developing and implementing a lesson plan for the term of classes assigned
- To provide support and encouragement to the volunteers as needed.
- To set up the arena with the props you are using for class.
- Assist with mounting riders
- Lead group exercises to warm up riders
- Work with individual riders as needed in accordance with the lesson plan
- Assist with dismounting riders
- Thank the volunteers
- Review the lesson plan with the instructor
- To teach the last class of the term, so that the instructor may meet with the riders to discuss their progress report.
Download a pdf of the CARD Volunteer Application Form HERE