Volunteer Information


Accomplishing our mission to give old horses new lives wouldn't be possible without the generous contributions of our supporters. This Old Horse depends on volunteers to help maintain a clean, welcoming environment where the horses are well loved and well cared for. You are guaranteed to get exhausted and dirty, and in return feel the satisfaction of a job well done and the undying gratitude of your horse friends!


Fill out an application online by clicking the blue button.  In that step, you will fill out an application, review and agree to the Stable Rules, sign a liability waiver and be directed to an orientation packet that will provide a basic introduction to the role and the barn.  Once you submit your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to arrange a tour and give you a preview of the various roles where you help is needed.  If you like what you see, you will be encouraged to sign up for onsite training on the role you prefer.  Once your training is complete, you will be directed to our schedule signup sheets to begin making a difference in the lives of the horses we love.

No horse experience is needed for many of the roles that are filled by volunteers.  We welcome horse lovers of any experience level and have a welcoming group of staff, mentors and horses who will help you learn.  We encourage families to volunteer together and children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult working directly with the child throughout the activity.  


There are several areas where we could use your help:


This Little Horse

This Little Horse uses miniature horses to provide pet therapy and service work in schools, libraries and health care facilities.  Volunteers go through additional training and help with conditioning and grooming at our sites in Prior Lake and Stillwater and can also train as handlers for public events and appearances.  For more information, go to www.thislittlehorse.org

Feed Crew

The feed crew is our biggest volunteer need.  Each day there is a morning and afternoon crew working directly under the supervision of our staff moving approximately 40 horses into the barn to eat, sending them out to pastures after and then cleaning feed pans, aisles and stalls once their done.  The morning feed shift is from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and the evening feed shift is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.This is a great chance to get to know each of the horses and their great personalities!  Feed crew volunteers earn hourly credit that can be exchanged for lessons!

Hands on Horses Club

This Old Horse, Inc.'s Hands on Horses Club assures that all our horses receive tender care and affection.  The Club gathers to groom, pamper and assess in a social, fun environment.   Experienced horse people interested in a weekly horse fix or beginners interested in learning the basics of grooming and groundwork are welcome to apply!  Club meetings are on Sundays and Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Barn Aides

Barn aides work to assure the environment is clean, safe and welcoming at all times.  If you love to clean and organize--this is the role for you!  Barn aides are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily and can work flexible shifts ranging from 1 to 6 hours.


We have beautiful, open green space all around the barn and as part of our goal for a clean, safe and welcoming environment, volunteers help maintain the grounds.  Summer offers opportunities for lawn mowing, pick up sticks, weed whacking, flower garden and window box planting and maintenance,  as well as fence and trim painting.  Autumn leave raking,  winter snow removal and spring planting make this a year round opportunity!

Special Events Ambassadors

We embrace the opportunity to connect with our community and tell our story at events and venues throughout the area.  Regular opportunities to take a shift at the This Old Horse booth or help out at events at the barn are a perfect opportunity for volunteers to introduce our horses and mission to new people.  Booth and event shifts are generally 3-4 hours long.   We try to have at least one outreach event a month.  Training and materials are provided.

Group Volunteering

Group volunteering is a great way to get involved and support the mission of This Old Horse.  Business groups, school groups, social groups, family groups and community groups can find a place to give their time and talent to help some wonderful horses.

The Cavalry

Join in the charge to periodically assist with major clean-up and maintenance projects.

Expert Assistance

Lend your expertise, from grant writing and fundraising to carpentry and metalwork, for the good of a great organization.

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