Volunteer Education & Enrichment

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CATR is so grateful to the many volunteers who help make our programs possible! While we can never thank volunteers enough for the time, energy, skill and passion that they share with our students, we DO try to give back to our volunteers throughout the year in several ways, including training and education relevant to current volunteer roles at CATR.

Initially, all CATR program volunteers are asked to attend a General Orientation & Sidewalker Training, where we introduce potential volunteers to our mission, student population and horses. We also discuss risk management and go through hands-on sidewalking practice in the arena.

After attending a General Orientation & Training, volunteers with prior horse experience are able to attend a Horse Leader Training, so that they can learn the protocols for handling horses for students during therapeutic riding lessons. The goal of this training is to ensure consistent handling for program horses, helping to support their happiness at work and safety for all.

In addition to these two initial offerings, CATR offers Volunteer Enrichment throughout the year. Past offerings have included: Awareness Training for Working with Students with Disabilities, Advanced Horse Leader Training and Understanding Vision Impairment. We always welcome suggestions from current volunteers about enrichments they would like to see offered at CATR! To make a suggestion or for information about upcoming volunteer enrichments, please contact Volunteer Training Coordinator, Anja Cain, at acain@catr-program.org.