Barn volunteers begin by learning stable management by assisting in maintaining the stable areas by cleaning and bedding the horse stalls,
cleaning and filling the water buckets and sweeping the barn floor. There are also chores outside that
are necessary to do such as clipping back bushes, fence repair, horse jumps, ring maintenance and so forth.
We believe that horse care is the first step in learning about the
wellbeing of happy and healthy horses.
Volunteers are required to make a commitment of a minimum of two to three days a week with a start time of 9:00am (winter).
What experience can I obtain as a volunteer?
That depends on what you would like to learn. The volunteer program
is very comprehensive and therefore as well as the stable management and care described above (which we consider the most important),
natural horsemanship and working safely
with and around horses is taught as part of the volunteer experience.
We take in rescue horses (the Standardbred Horse Fan Club is housed on the property) as well as the permanent resident horses.
Some horses that arrive may have developed human wariness or mistrust therefore your experience will also include how we rehabilitate and
work with horses.
What is the points system in the Epona volunteer program?
All tasks are learned by earning points with volunteer tasks and the Volunteer Sheet shows
you how you can achieve an equine well-rounded education with your volunteer efforts in stable management, horse care, horse safety and for those
who want to eventually learn horse riding.
Do I need to know about horses?
Anyone who is 16 years of age or over can volunteer and horse experience is not required.
If you are interested in applying as a volunteer, please complete:
Please bring the completed Release Of Liability form for
your first scheduled day of volunteer orientation.
Although we would like to have everyone who is interested in volunteering join us, we have limited resources for the
barn and horse work therefore other kinds of volunteering such as marketing, etc are also valuable.