Volunteer opportunity description

GallopNYC is a non-profit organization based in New York City that offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities. We serve riders and operate our riding program at four locations, all within NYC. Schedules at each location vary seasonally.  

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 requirements

  • 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


We are currently riding on a limited basis. The spring riding session takes place March 16th - June 20th. We'll ride Tuesday-Sunday indoors at GallopNYC Forest Hills and outdoors as weather permits at GallopNYC Lindenwood (Sunrise Stables), the Bronx Equestrian Center and Prospect Park. Schedules vary by location and a heads up that our volunteer process has recently changed. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we can only have volunteers that have experience lead-walking and horse handling on-site at this time. The health and safety of our community is very important to us, and we must limit the number of people we have on-site as much as possible. If you believe you have the skill-set needed to lead-walk a horse during our therapeutic riding lessons and tack up horses to prepare for lessons, please reach out to Cheriselle Scott atcheriselle.scott@gallopnyc.orgto confirm your skills and receive the next steps to get started. 

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

    • Executes directions of the instructor during therapeutic riding sessions 

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


Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


About the organization

GallopNYC Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

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