At Pony Power Therapies we start our riders with a volunteer “lead walker” to control the horse, an instructor who walks alongside the rider and a volunteer “side walker” on the opposite side of the horse. Pony Power offers riding year round and scheduling follows most area school calendars and holidays. We require our volunteers to be at least 14 years of age, and be willing to commit 20 hours to us per semester.
We hold a mandatory training session for all new volunteers on the farm, explaining procedures and offering an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our facility and horses. We ask all of our volunteers to help groom and tack our lesson horses, participate in the lessons as they are scheduled, and take the initiative to help out around the barn. Everyone is under full supervision at all times.
Side Walker: As a side walker, your responsibility is to walk alongside the rider while mounted, and provide as much or as little support as needed according to the instructor.
Lead Walker: As a lead walker your responsibility is being in control of the horse. You will follow the instructors directions and contribute as much help in steering and speed as directed.