Side Walker Position
For the safety of our riders and our volunteers, you will need the ability to understand and carry out direct instructions. Both the leader and side walker positions require physical endurance and good verbal communication skills.
Volunteer Job Description – Side Walker
The side walker is responsible for the rider and gives physical support to the rider or assists the rider with the instructor’s direction.
- Assist the leader getting ready for class
- Your role will vary depending on the needs of each rider
- Some riders will require physical support ranging from holding the rider’s ankle to completely supporting the rider with the use of a transfer belt
- The instructor will explain the support method best suited for your rider
- Other riders will require help with instructions
- Stay forward and avoid the horse back end
- DO NOT rest your elbows on the horse’s back. This is where their kidneys are located and is a sensitive area
- If your arms become tired, let your leader know to walk to the center of the arena so you can switch sides
- If your rider slides, hold your rider in place and immediately have the leader move off the track
- Call the instructor for assistance
- In the event that a rider falls from the horse, stay with the rider, but do not move them. Keep them calm until the instructor arrives.
- Assist with untacking horse