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Horse Riding Assistant - Woodcroft RDA: Jennibrook Farm

Riding for the Disabled Association SA Inc. Jennibrook Farm (Woodcroft)
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Volunteers can assist with preparing horses for lessons, leading horses in lessons and working with riders with disabilities.

Be part of the wonderful experience it is for a person with a disability to ride a hose.

All training provided.

You will need a basic level of fitness as some jogging may be necessary.

Additional volunteers will assist with the leading of the horses.

ROLES OF THE VOLUNTEER INCLUDE: Greet and escort the rider from/to the mounting area. Assist the rider to correctly fit their riding helmet. Check that the rider is correctly attired for riding (jackets to be buttoned/zipped and not flapping, closed in shoes are worn). Alert the coach if clothing is not appropriate. Some riders require special equipment to be fitted to their horse. Ensure that special equipment is available and correctly fitted. Assist the rider to carry out the coach’s instructions. Walk level with the rider’s body, do not drop behind. Monitor your rider for fatigue or discomfort and alert the coach. Complete some basic paperwork as instructed by the coach.

VOLUNTEERS will be taught : How to fit helmets, adjust stirrups and other equipment. How to assist a rider at the mounting ramp or when using a hoist. Safe transfer techniques. Appropriate handholds for supporting a rider e.g. open hand, changing position frequently. To recognise common signs of fatigue, illness and onset of seizure activity. The correct methods to be used when feeding a horse.