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 as directed by the instructor or assists the rider with engagement in class.

Before Class

  • Assist the Leader getting ready for class

During 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 and staying engaged in class
  • Stay forward and avoid the horse’s back end
  • DO NOT rest your elbows on the horse’s back. This is where their kidneys are located and it is a sensitive area.
  • If your arms become tired, let your Leader know to walk to the centre of the arena so you can stop the horse and 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.

After Class

  • Assist with untacking horse and clean up

Download the complete Volunteer Manual Here: Volunteer Manual PDF