Great and Small Therapeutic Riding


Are you looking for new opportunities to volunteer in the Maryland area? Below are a few of the volunteers programs Great and Small offers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Great and Small needs volunteers for several types of activities: working with the participants in our program, helping around the barn, schooling the horses (for experienced riders only), and participating in committees/special events.

Program Volunteers:

Program volunteers are a vital part of the therapy team. They prepare the horse for the lesson, assist the instructor in the lesson by leading the horse or sidewalking with the rider, and care for the horse after the lesson concludes. Program volunteers commit to a specific lesson or lessons for the duration of an eight week session, which allows the same team of horse, rider, instructor, and volunteers to work together to achieve the rider’s goals. All program volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and must participate in a volunteer training session.

Barn Volunteers:

Barn volunteers keep Great and Small running smoothly and looking fabulous. Working with the farm manager, a barn volunteer’s duties may include mucking stalls, scrubbing water buckets, cleaning tack, sweeping, raking, etc. We welcome barn volunteers between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon most days of the week. This opportunity is also open to school and community groups. Barn volunteers must be at least 12 years of age or working side-by-side with a parent or guardian.


Therapy horses perform best when they are also ridden outside the therapeutic riding setting. Schoolers are competent riders and horse handlers who work with the Great and Small horses to improve fitness, balance, and suppleness. Schoolers must be at least 16 years of age and must demonstrate their abilities to the farm manager during an evaluation ride.  A solid understanding of balance, contact, and introductory lateral work is expected.

Special Events/Committees:

We need volunteers to help organize and execute fundraising events, community outreach, and more. This is a great opportunity for those who want to get involved but may not want to work directly with our horses, as well as those with scheduling challenges that make a weekly commitment difficult.

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer in any capacity, please complete our Volunteer Application.

If you want more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, e-mail Katy, our Volunteer Manager, at

For volunteer scheduling, click here.