PIQUA — Eagles’ Wings Stable, a small 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, is seeking volunteers for its next eight-week riding session which begins on Sept. 10. Eagles’ Wings provides equine-assisted therapeutic activities for people with special needs, to benefit and improve their development and quality of life. Volunteers typically help out once a week for approximately one to two hours. A volunteer orientation is held before the start of the session.
The next orientation will be ag 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Center, 5730 N. Washington Road, Piqua.
The first hour of the orientation will cover the role of the Side Walker. The main responsibility of the side walker is the rider. The side walker helps maintain the balance of the rider when they cannot do so for themselves, they clarify instructions and directions when needed, and they provide reassurance and encouragement to the rider.
The second hour of the orientation will cover the roles of the Horse Leaders and Barn Buddies. Folks who want to be a Barn Buddy will go to the stable and be with our Barn Buddy coordinator. Horse Leader candidates will remain in the arena. The main responsibility of the Horse Leader is the horse. The Horse Leader is to maintain the safety of the horse at all times.
Interested volunteers should complete the Volunteer Interest Areas form and the Volunteer Application form both of which are available on the Eagles’ Wings website: https://www.eagleswingsstable.org/volunteer prior to coming to the orientation.