Volunteer opportunities are available at True North Ranch if you are at least 16 years old or older. As you might imagine, a lot of work goes into running a horse ranch. There's always plenty of work to be done, so we can always use extra help. It's hard work, but it's enjoyable and rewarding
What are Volunteers asked to do?
The types of things you'll be asked to do include: grooming the horses, tacking up, clearing trails, helping to maintain the pastures, oiling tack, feeding and watering the horses, helping with maintenance projects, and cleaning up horse manure. If you don't know how to do these things (and most of our new volunteers don't), we'll teach you. That's the huge benefit of being a volunteer. You'll learn more by volunteering than we would teach you even if you were paying for lessons, because, in our lessons, we only teach you to ride - not how to give necessary vaccinations; what to feed, how much, and how often; recognize when they're sick; know what to do in a situation where a horse is colicing or injured; and when to call the vet.
Benefits of Volunteering
If you work full days, you'll get to ride for at least one hour each time you volunteer. However, if you choose to work half days, you will be allowed to ride at least one hour every other time you volunteer.
We are looking for people who plan to volunteer on a regular basis. We don't accept volunteers on a casual basis because it doesn't allow time for you to learn our horses' names and dispositions, which pasture each horse belongs in, our trails, how to properly groom a horse, how to ride well, and how we operate. If this sounds like a program you'd be interested in, we accept inquiries by email.
You will need to pack your lunch and bring plenty of water to drink each day. You'll need waterproof boots for cleaning stalls, and you'll need to bring your cowboy boots for riding. You can wear your cowboy boots for cleaning stalls if you desire.
Email info@truenorthranchmn, and let us know when you'd like to begin. The first time you volunteer you'll need to sign a Liability Release Form so that you can work with the horses and ride. If you'd like to visit the ranch first to meet us and see our ranch, you're welcome to.