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From the Ground Up
Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.

...engaging the power of the horse to motivate, teach and heal.

Become a Volunteer today!

From the Ground Up is so successful because of our outstanding volunteers. Our volunteers serve in a variety of ways from lesson volunteers and barn work to Board members and fundraisers. We can offer you a life changing opportunity to work with horses and riders with special needs. Come join the fun!

Lesson Volunteers

Lesson volunteers may be asked to perform a variety of tasks. The principal job of a lesson volunteer is to work with riders on the ground to get them physically warmed up for their lessons and to sidewalk during the mounted portion to ensure the safety of our riders. Experience with horses and/or people with special needs is not required. From the Ground Up provides training for all its volunteers. All volunteers are required to attend volunteer training sessions annually.

After a minimum of 15 lesson hours volunteers may train for the position of horse-handlers or leaders. Leaders assist with horse care, help prepare the horses for lessons by assisting with grooming and tacking horses and lead the horse during lessons.

Horsecare Volunteers

Lesson volunteers trained in horsehandling may be invited to be horsecare volunteers. These volunteers are responsible for the daily care of our equine staff. Morning and evening volunteer hours are available. Horsecare volunteers get the privilege of spending individual time with our very special equine staff!

Other Volunteering Opportunities.....

Volunteer opportunities exist outside the stable as well. Join our fundraising committee, apply for an internship, help with special events or become a Board member! We have meetings and events going on year-round.

For more information
please contact our
Lesson Volunteer Coordinator

Diane Slowik

(315) 420-3051


Stable Volunteer Coordinator

Jodi Lockwood
(315) 247-1798


Please note you must be a minimum of 14 years old to be eligible to volunteer at From the Ground Up.

At typical volunteer training day volunteers are introduced to our safety guidelines and practice sidewalking and basic horsecare.


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