After the Races welcomes volunteers of all levels of experience. Whether you are an experienced trainer or someone who has always wanted a chance to be around horses, we always have areas in which you can help. From day-to-day routines in the barn to assisting at events or in fundraising activities, there are many opportunities you can take part in to help the horses of After the Races.
Hours. If you wish to be involved in any of the day to day activities such as grooming, handling, exercising, barn upkeep, etc. you should expect to be at the barn during our working hours. Hours we welcome volunteers are between 8AM and Noon and 4PM and 6PM. Opportunities do exist during other hours to volunteers who have shown they understand our routine and how to safely interact with horses within our environment. All volunteers, especially first timers, should contact for scheduling.
Volunteering is not the same as visiting. Understand that while we are a fun, generally easy going group of people, we do work hard. If you are going to come volunteer, come prepared to work while enjoying the time at the barn. Tasks can be assigned depending on your comfort level and abilities, from dusting cobwebs to handling or even exercising horses. If you would like to visit with After the Races staff in order to learn more about our program or to have a one-on-one question and answer session (which we love to do!), we are happy to meet you by appointment.
A note on exercising horses. As all of our horses are recently off the track, it should be assumed that they are green and somewhat unpredictable. Not all volunteers will be approved to ride, and those that are will be assigned horses based on After the Races’ staff’s knowledge of the horse, its tendencies, and the rider’s abilities. All riding is under the supervision of our head trainer and all riders must sign a waiver as well as wear protective gear.
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