The very existence of Lenawee Therapeutic Riding depends on the people who volunteer. Volunteers attend special orientation programs if they wish to work directly with the horse and rider. Because the safety of the rider is of the highest priority, volunteers are needed as side-walkers, back-riders, leaders, and as assistants to the instructor. Help is also needed for public relations, fundraising, planning committees, horse care and teaching stable management classes. Volunteers provide horses that are certified and specifically trained to accommodate the rider's needs.

New volunteers are essential for the continued success of the program and are needed for all aspects of the program.  If you would like to become involved or need more information, contact Janelle Stewart, MSU Extension Educator - Youth Development.  We welcome any visitors who would like to attend our in-session riding programs.

Volunteer Paperwork

Paperwork must be completed and returned by MARCH 15th for the Spring/Fall Sessions and by AUGUST 15th if you are registering only for the Fall Session. Paperwork received after the deadline will not be guaranteed participation.

NEW Volunteers:

Returning Volunteers:

2024 Schedule

  • Spring Volunteer Orientation …..April 8, MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW  VOLUNTEERS
  • Spring Session……………….……Mondays, April 15 thru May 20
  • Fall Volunteer Orientation………Sept. 9, MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW  VOLUNTEERS
  • Fall Session…………………….......Mondays, September 16 thru October 21


The Benefits of Lenawee Therapeutic Riding

  • Volunteers enjoy positive experiences. Kay O'Daniel of the Michigan State University Extension office, explains that "volunteers benefit through personal satisfaction, grow in their understanding of the individual with disabilities, share personal abilities, meet the challenge of new experiences and to feel needed."
  • A horse can supply a freedom that many students do not experience in their daily life. This program helps to improve balance, coordination, mobility and posture. The ability to control a horse adds a sense of power that increases confidence and self-esteem.
  • Riders have the opportunity to socialize and make new friends while attending classes. The program mutually benefits the family who can share in a fun and positive experience.
  • For riders, the warmth and motion of the horse help to relax and stretch muscles. The gait of the horse, which is similar to the human walk, tones muscles that are often unused.