Manes and Miracles would be nothing without the many wonderful people who have shared with us their most valuable resource: their time!

Every therapy session a child participates in with a horse requires TWO volunteers: 1 to lead the horse through the sensory track, and 1 to walk alongside the horse to help the child and therapist as needed. We are so grateful for all those who make it possible to provide the life-changing experience of equine-assisted therapies to our special needs friends!


No experience necessary! No matter your comfort level with horses, you will learn all you need to know to safely assist with a therapy session during your orientation.

For the safety of all, volunteers must meet the following

  • Physically fit enough to walk for up to two miles, lift 35+ lbs, and bend and twist with ease
  • Capable of remaining on task for at least an hour
  • Be 15+ years old with a reliable means of transportation
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete an orientation and demonstrate the ability to safely adhere to Manes and Miracles’ procedures. Orientations are held regularly and you will be notified of upcoming orientations when you have filled out the interest form or by following us on Facebook.
Volunteers begin as side-walkers, learning the ropes at Manes and Miracles as they help the therapist and rider during the session.
With time and additional training, volunteers may progress to lead-walker, responsible for leading and advocating for the horse during a session.

There are opportunities to help in other ways at the Ranch so know that wherever and however you serve, you are blessing lives!