Volunteer At The Shelter

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for The Horse Shelter. You do not need to have any horse experience to volunteer for us. We will safely train you to be around our horses and you will be able to progress through our online and onsite training classes at your own speed.

Our volunteer program consists of:

  • Orientation.
  • Your commitment to give us 12 hours a month of your time.
    Training class for General Ranch & Barn Policies, Safety Guidelines & Procedures and understanding herd dynamics and basic horse body language.
  • All volunteers at the ranch start each day with mucking.  After a volunteer has completed their first 12 hours of service, they may participate in our hands-on Forever Foundation Plan 4 Progress horse training program following morning mucking. You may also decide to help in the office/Resale Store.
  • We will also be offering free and low-fee natural horsemanship clinics to help improve your skill level and allow you more hands on responsibilities with our rescue horses.
  • During this whole process you will find yourself developing close bonds with other volunteers, as well as our horses.

Required Paperwork

Volunteer Skills & Interest Form or Fill out Webform Below
Release Form
Minor Release Form

If you are willing to commit and would like to attend the initial orientation, please sign up below and add the date you are interested in the comment box.

We also prepare several mailings a year through our Santa Fe office. We always need volunteer help assembling these mailings for shipping. Please contact our office directly, if you are interested in helping.

Volunteer Orientation Dates 2021

Orientation takes place at our ranch and is from 10 am to 12 pm. The orientation is followed by a tour of the ranch. Please dress appropriately for outdoors (solid shoes/boots, sun protection, layered is best!) It is often more windy, cold or hot than in town.

2021 Dates are: July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 6 and December 11.

Please send in your application and our volunteer coordinator Traci Kipnes will contact you. If you have any questions please call Traci at 505.577.2193 or email volunteer@thehorseshelter.org .

Volunteer Application

  • The Shelter prefers to communicate by email. We will only use your email address for Horse Shelter business. We will not share it with anyone or any business.
  • If under 18 years old, you must also provide information on a parent or guardian.


  • Rate your interest on a 1-5 scale

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