Once you complete the orientation, you are eligible to help in the barn. If you are 14 years of age or older, you are now eligible to sidewalk during sessions!
If you are interested in working directly with the horses (leader, feeder, groomer, etc.) and are 14 years of age or older, you are required to complete a separate horse handler/leader training to become eligible to help in these areas!
Please contact Libby Medlin to schedule your training date(s) as spots will fill up quickly. You must be registered for the training dates in order to attend.
When you come for the orientation, please bring the following materials:
- A completed, PRINTED COPY of the Volunteer Form, download it here. (If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign this form.)
- If you are 18 years of age or older, please bring a PRINTED COPY of your background check. You can obtain this from your local Sheriff's Department. We also accept recent background checks from employers.
- If you are 8-13 years old, a parent or guardian must complete orientation with you.
Please make sure to dress appropriately each time you come to the barn. This entails closed toe shoes and appropriate coverage of body parts, no short-shorts allowed. Make sure to wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty!
Our minimum age to volunteer is 8 years old. Children ages 8-13 years old must be accompanied by an adult (preferably their parent or guardian) who will complete all tasks with the child while they are at the farm. This means the parent must complete a Volunteer Form, provide a background check, and attend the orientation. Children ages 14 and up are eligible to be at the farm without their parent or guardian as long as it has been prearranged with a staff member. Children ages 14 and older are eligible to participate in hippotherapy sessions, i.e. leading the horse and sidewalking, depending on experience level.
Community Service Prospects:
If you are wishing to obtain court mandated community service hours, you will need to provide a background check and volunteer form to the Volunteer Coordinator. Once these are received, the Volunteer Coordinator will look them over to determine if you are eligible to complete your hours at McKenna Farms. McKenna Farms does not accept all charges. Community service volunteers are not required to attend an orientation.