Host Organisation: Empowering Equine CIC

An opportunity to get to learn how to care for and handle horses, and learn how to teach basic trick training. All non-riding opportunities.

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, Families, Health and Wellbeing services, People with Mental Health Issues
Type of Activity: Driving, Marketing / Social Media
Location: Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM, Saturday AM, Sunday AM

We need some help to care for our team of horses, previous experience would be beneficial but we would be happy to teach this. You will need a car as public transport is not great in our area. You would be helping to care for our amazing herd, doing jobs such as:
1. Grooming horses
2. Giving horses affection and attention
3. Day to day care of horses- including in hand exercise and stretches, feeding, etc
4. Assisting with the training of the horses- including trick training
5. Picking up and dropping off horses' main carer (who medically can’t drive)- petrol and car wear and tear expenses paid for this
6. Collecting horse poo!
Unfortunately we are not able to offer any riding opportunities due to no suitable horses available. This opportunity would be great for someone at a riding school who wants to learn more about handling and caring for horses, or someone who doesn’t want to ride but still wants time with horses. It would also suit animal/horse care students.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

A love of horses and animals
Good teamwork and communication skills
Driver with a car

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: No
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Travel expenses involved in picking up the horses main carer- petrol costs plus a little for wear and tear- can discuss at the time

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Regular training- you would be working with our director who owns and cares for the horses and is a senior equine facilitated learning practitioner. You would learn a lot about horses, how to care for and train them and how they can help people

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Continuing ongoing training with our director and senior equine facilitated learning practitioner. You will also have access to connection club, which is online resources to learn about positive training with horses