Volunteer At The Shelter

During the Covid-19 restrictions, we are taking new volunteers on a very limited basis as needed. Please complete the online volunteer paperwork and you will be contacted by email when we have openings that fit days you are available to volunteer.  At this time, we are sorry to say we are unable to accept youth volunteers. 

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 will start in the Mighty Muckers group and then have the opportunity to progress through our volunteer levels from “Mighty Muckers” to “Greenhorns” and “Buckaroos.” In the Greenhorn and Buckaroo levels you will be able to participate in Natural Horsemanship training classes following the completion of morning mucking. You can also decide to help with office and event work or general maintenance (Bush Whackers.)
  • 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 2020

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.

At this time Volunteer Orientations have been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please submit your volunteer application and we will notify you as soon as we are able to continue our orientations.

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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