Sat, Oct 05 | MontanaQuest River Pines Horse Sanctuary


At River Pines Horse Sanctuary there are plenty of ways you can help the horses! Submit an application to become part of a generous, extensive network of invaluable volunteers. We encourage and value volunteers at RPHS. We are appreciative of all the help we can get for our horse residents.
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Time & Location

Oct 05, 2019, 9:30 AM – Oct 06, 2019, 4:00 PM
MontanaQuest River Pines Horse Sanctuary, 120 River Pines Rd, Missoula, MT 59804, USA

About the Workshop

Two-Day Volunteer Training Workshop will be offered by demand. 

RPHS 2-day Volunteer training includes:

Meet our Staff and Facility tour

Overview of your Volunteer Manual with our mission and philosophy statements

Introduction to RPHS needs;

Basic safety requirements for humans and horses

Meet the Herd

Sentient Horse Handling Techniques and Skills

How to Catch, Halter and Lead a Horse

Grooming techniques for healthy horses

Tools and equipment use, skills, care and maintenance

Feeding and watering logistics

Pest and manure management

Horse Health Assessment and First Aid for horses

Please bring a sack lunch each day; water, refreshments and other materials provided. Dress in weather appropriate layers; weather appropriate, closed-toes shoes or boots* (required year-round); gloves, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are all recommended

RPHS is located in the river bottom at the confluence of the Clarkfork and Bitterroot Rivers - there will be significant muddy conditions throughout the spring, including some flooding in May/June possible - water-proof boots required during this time; during icy conditions November-April some type of traction device for boots required

What sort of time commitment is involved?

We ask for a minimum commitment of one 3 hour session per week for at least three months.\

All volunteer shifts run 3 hours per day.

Scheduling for Facilities Maintenance and Administrative volunteers is flexible, although we do still ask for a regular weekly time commitment Friday through Monday.

Who can volunteer? We accept volunteers of all experience levels. Barn volunteers must be in excellent physical condition and able to lift 50 pounds.

Independent volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Please note the following Youth requirements: If under 18, please call ahead for parental consent release form. Youths, 14-17yo, must be accompanied by a parent or other authorized adult to attend volunteer trainings and all scheduled work commitments.

There is an exception granted for youth groups; School classes, 4-H clubs, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, etc. may apply to volunteer for a one-day project. Each group is required to have one adult supervisor per three youth.

Your family, company, organization or club may volunteer together…

Please contact our office to discuss a potential farm help day. Group projects include:  gardening; fence and building maintenance; general barn clean-up; building hay sheds, horse pens and shelters; manure management; vehicle maintenance (wash the truck, trailers, tractors and/or feed trucks.

Training Donation: $30/person or $50/family or small group (up to 5).

Daily Training Times:  Sat 9:30am - 4:00pm  Sun 9:30am - 4:00pm

Instructors: Shari Montana, Tina Carruthers and Hannah Vasquez

Daily Times:

Saturday - 9:30am-4:00pm

Sunday - 9:30am-4:00pm

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