Volunteer opportunity description

Join GallopNYC's volunteer team.

Therapeutic horsemanship teaches the skills of horseback riding and horse knowledge to build developmental, emotional, social, and physical skills for each individual rider. Under the direction of a PATH International certified instructor, supported by trained volunteers, each rider progressively acquires riding skills and measurable improvements in life skills. Through weekly sessions, we help riders walk, talk, learn and have FUN! We also offer hippotherapy services. Therapeutic horsemanship means learning to ride a horse but it means much more – it means building a bond with a horse, learning to care for a horse, understanding how horses perceive the world and respond to people, and ultimately being a leader to a horse.

Volunteer Duties

  • Side Walking: Assist the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions by working directly with the riders. Act as an intermediary between the rider and instructor by assisting the rider in carrying out the instructor’s directions.

    • Help prepare riders for lessons

    • Assist with rider support during mounting and dismounting

    • Walk (and jog) next to the rider throughout the class and provide physical support as necessary

    • Help the rider follow directions given by the instructor

  • Lead Walking: Volunteer will lead horses during therapeutic riding classes, working with a group of side-walkers, keeping primary focus on assigned horse (and not the rider) while maintaining communication with team.

    • Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions

    • Depending on site, will bring horses in and out of arena

*Note: No experience necessary. We provide all required training.

How do I start?


volunteer@gallopnyc.org or 646.233.4507


Volunteer requirements

  • Complete brief online orientation

  • Age 16+ or by instructor permission

  • Ability to stand and walk for an extended period (at least 30 minute intervals)

  • Ability to briefly jog with the horse and rider

*Note: No experience necessary. We provide all required training.

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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GallopNYC Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

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