Volunteer FAQ

Q: What volunteer opportunities are available at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR)?

A: DEFHR offers a wide variety of opportunities for individuals, families, and community groups to get involved in volunteer service. Click here for more information.

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Q: How do I get started volunteering with DEFHR?

A: All volunteers are required to attend a "Welcome to DEFHR" Orientation Session. Click here to for more information.

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Q: How do I register for a "Welcome to DEFHR" Orientation Session?

Q: Do I need to have experience working with horses to volunteer at DEFHR?

A: No experience is required to volunteer at DEFHR. As part of the Barn Chores Team orientation process, you will receive training in how to properly handle and care for the horses at DEFHR.

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Q: How old do I have to be to volunteer?

A: For most volunteer opportunities at DEFHR, volunteers must be at least 6 years of age. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent at all times while volunteering at DEFHR. Teens ages 13-17 may volunteer independently.* Administrative Program Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

*Any youth wanting to volunteer during the Summer break must be enrolled in DEFHR's Youth Legacy Program. Click here to learn more about the Youth Legacy Program.

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Q: Why do I have to attend multiple orientation training sessions to volunteer with DEFHR's Equine Programs?

A: For volunteers with little or no experience working with and around horses, DEFHR's orientation training sessions will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to safely handle and care for the horses at DEFHR.

For volunteers who are comfortable and experienced working with and around horses, DEFHR's orientation training sessions will ensure that you are familiar with the type of handling and care that DEFHR's horses have been trained to respond to. There are as many ways to handle and care for horses as there are trainers and stable managers; providing volunteers with multiple orientation training sessions allows the horses at DEFHR to reap the benefits of consistency in handling and care.

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Q: As a volunteer, will I be able to ride the horses at DEFHR?

A: Opportunities for riding are available through participation in the DEFHR Family Forever (DFF) Equine Support Program. Click here for more information about becoming a DFF Riding Supporter.

Volunteers with experience riding or training young or inexperienced horses may apply to participate in the Volunteer Training Team. Click here for more information about DEFHR's Volunteer Training Team.

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Q: Is there a minimum number of hours required to volunteer?

A: DEFHR does not require volunteers to commit to a set schedule (for example: volunteering every Saturday morning for six months); however, DEFHR does ask that volunteers invest at least three hours per visit.

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Q: Can I earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours by volunteering at DEFHR?

A: Yes. Students are encouraged to earn their SSL hours by volunteering at DEFHR.

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Q: Can I volunteer in the evenings or on weekends?

A: DEFHR is open to the public from 8:00AM to 5:00PM every day - including weekends and holidays; unless otherwise specified, all volunteer service takes place during these hours.

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