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Volunteer Horse Riding Assistant - Woodcroft RDA: Jennibrook Farm

Riding for the Disabled Association SA Inc. Jennibrook Farm (Woodcroft)
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Volunteers can assist with:

  • preparing horses for lessons
  • leading horses in lessons
  • working with riders with disabilities.

Be part of the wonderful experience it is for a person with a disability to ride a horse.

All training provided.

You will need a basic level of fitness as some jogging may be necessary.

Additional volunteers will assist with the leading of the horses.


  • Greet and escort the rider from/to the mounting area.
  • Assist the rider to correctly fit their riding helmet.
  • Check that the rider is correctly attired for riding (jackets to be buttoned/zipped and not flapping, closed in shoes are worn). Alert the coach if clothing is not appropriate.
  • Some riders require special equipment to be fitted to their horse. Ensure that special equipment is available and correctly fitted.
  • Assist the rider to carry out the coach’s instructions.
  • Walk level with the rider’s body, do not drop behind.
  • Monitor your rider for fatigue or discomfort and alert the coach.
  • Complete some basic paperwork as instructed by the coach.

VOLUNTEERS will be taught :

  • How to fit helmets, adjust stirrups and other equipment.
  • How to assist a rider at the mounting ramp or when using a hoist.
  • Safe transfer techniques.
  • Appropriate handholds for supporting a rider e.g. open hand, changing position frequently.
  • To recognise common signs of fatigue, illness and onset of seizure activity.
  • The correct methods to be used when feeding a horse.