ID: 116935

Horse Riding Assistant - Woodcroft RDA: Jennibrook Farm

Disability Services Regular - more than 6 months Woodcroft SA

About this opportunity

Volunteers can assist with preparing horses for lessons, leading horses in lessons and working with riders with disabilities. Be part of the wonderful experience it is for a person with a disability to ride a hose. All training provided.
You will need a basic level of fitness as some jogging may be necessary. Additional volunteers will assist with the leading of the horses.

ROLES OF THE VOLUNTEER INCLUDE: Greet and escort the rider from/to the mounting area. Assist the rider to correctly fit their riding helmet. Check that the rider is correctly attired for riding (jackets to be buttoned/zipped and not flapping, closed in shoes are worn). Alert the coach if clothing is not appropriate. Some riders require special equipment to be fitted to their horse. Ensure that special equipment is available and correctly fitted. Assist the rider to carry out the coach’s instructions. Walk level with the rider’s body, do not drop behind. Monitor your rider for fatigue or discomfort and alert the coach. Complete some basic paperwork as instructed by the coach. VOLUNTEERS will be taught : How to fit helmets, adjust stirrups and other equipment. How to assist a rider at the mounting ramp or when using a hoist. Safe transfer techniques. Appropriate handholds for supporting a rider e.g. open hand, changing position frequently. To recognise common signs of fatigue, illness and onset of seizure activity. The correct methods to be used when feeding a horse.

Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

Experience with horses and people with disabilities is desirable but not essential.
We can offer training in the variety of roles that you may perform at RDA.
RDA welcomes volunteers between the ages of 12-85 years of age. Volunteers must demonstrate that they are physically capable of performing the duties they are allocated.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 8.00am to 1.00pm.

Suitable for
  • Centrelink Volunteers
  • Wheelchair Access
Type of work
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Disability Support
  • Working with Animals

Training is provided.