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Horse Riding Assistant - Woodcroft RDA: Jennibrook Farm

  • Location: Woodcroft SA
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Disability Services
  • Time Required

    Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 8.30am to 2.00pm.

  • Suitable for
    • Centrelink Volunteers
    • Wheelchair Access
  • Type of work
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Disability Support
    • Working with Animals
  • Training

    Training is provided.

  • Requirements

    Experience with horses and people with disabilities is desirable but not essential.
    We can offer training in the variety of roles that you may perform at RDA.
    RDA welcomes volunteers between the ages of 12-85 years of age. Volunteers must demonstrate that they are physically capable of performing the duties they are allocated.

Volunteers can lead or walk with our beautiful horses while a disabled person experiences the thrill of riding a horse. You will need a basic level of fitness as some jogging may be neccessary. Additional volunteers will assist with the leading of the horses.

ROLES OF THE VOLUNTEER INCLUDE: 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.