Looking to work with horses AND children with special needs in a community- based therapy setting?
Unbridled Rehabilitation Services is looking for individuals who are interested in being part of our therapy team to use equine movement during physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions. Stay active and appreciated while learning a new skill in a unique environment where horses can help create positive interventions in the treatment of a large variety of health challenges. Our clients range from 2-82! Unbridled Rehabilitation Services partners with several equestrian centers in Maryland including our most recent affiliation at Merkel Farm in Bowie, MD.
Who can volunteer?
To volunteer, you must be at least 14 years of age and have the physical capacity to walk long distances. Horse experience is preferred, but not required.
The experience is most useful for students or prospective students who want to work in therapeutic fields. If you enjoy working with horses and helping others, the experience is incredibly rewarding.
Why should I volunteer?
You will work alongside us, directly observing our methods and practices. You will build a personal relationship with skilled and passionate therapists.
We provide all training and your volunteer hours can count towards program and school requirements. For more formal endeavors, we also offer student internships. We have standing relationships with Towson University, Frostburg University, and Stevenson University.
What would I be doing?
We are usually looking for sidewalkers. Sidewalkers walk with us during a hippotherapy session to ensure safety and help with positioning. You would need to be comfortable being on your feet and supporting small amounts of weight above your head.
Horse handlers needed!! We’re currently in need of experienced leaders to participate in our hippotherapy sessions. Greater than 5 years of horse experience is highly preferred. Responsibilities are as follows: Bring in/take out horses, grooming, tacking/untacking horse, leading the horse for sessions, safety awareness. Additional training specific to hippotherapy will be provided.
When would these sessions take place?
We are currently conducting sessions at the following times:
Tuesdays 12 pm – 8 pm
Wednesdays 12 pm – 8 pm
Thursdays 10 am – 7 pm
Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm
How do I get started?
If you want to get involved, fill out the Volunteer Application and contact our therapy coordinator, Natalie Cerchio.