Volunteer at Equine Outreach
Volunteers make a world of difference for the horses!
Equine Outreach is extremely grateful for the volunteers who make our mission possible by doing everything from daily ranch chores to writing grants. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers, so we rely solely our team of generous individuals for the care of our horses, maintenance of the facilities, and all of our administrative duties.
Interested in being part of our Volunteer team? Please join us at our next New Volunteer Orientation (see yellow information box on this page for details). You'll get a tour of the ranch, an overview of the tasks our volunteers do, and a chance to ask any questions you may have. Please arrive on time, bring signed copies of the Handbook's signature pages, and wear closed-toed footwear.
Hours: Volunteers may work as often as their schedule allows. Daily chores at the ranch may be completed anytime between 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Winter) and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Summer). The ranch is closed to visitors on Wednesdays.
Age Requirement: Those under 16 years of age must have adult supervision while volunteering.
Bandanna System: In an effort to keep both volunteers and horses safe, we have established four volunteering levels, denoted by colored bandannas. All volunteers are required to wear their bandannas while at the ranch for easy identification.
Yellow = Level 1: New Volunteers.
Purple = Level 2: Volunteers who have completed Horsemanship 101, are under the age of 16 and therefore require adult supervision.
Orange = Level 3: Volunteers who have completed Horsemanship 101.
Red = Level 4: Trainers.
Horsemanship 101: Once new volunteers have spent some time getting to know the ranch operations, they will be given the opportunity to sign up for a short 1-2 hour course called Horsemanship 101 for a donation fee of $25. When they have satisfactorily completed this course, they will be able to have contact with the horses (e.g. picking pens, grooming, etc.).
Horsemanship 201: For volunteers who wish to learn more and become a part of our training program, we offer Horsemanship 201 for a donation fee of $50. This is a clinic-style program. Upon satisfactory completion of the clinic, volunteers will be permitted to work with a horse in our training program.
Note: Funds generated from the Horsemanship classes are used to offset the cost of horse trainers who are not volunteers at Equine Outreach. All volunteers are unpaid.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us; we hope to see you here soon!
New Volunteer Orientations:
Held every 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Calendar...
We meet at the big, blue building at the Equine Outreach Ranch, at 63220 Silvis Road, Bend, Oregon. Map...
No appointment needed. Orientation meetings take approximately 2 hours.
Make sure to read the Volunteer Handbook before arriving and keep a copy for reference.
Please print, sign, and bring along the Handbook's Signature Pages, and the Volunteer Application Form.
Thanks, and we'll see you soon!