The Helpers Program is a great way for you to earn free riding time and lessons! You can do this by helping out at the farm.
- Click here to sign up for daily chores (if you are already a trained helper)
What types of things can you do to help out at the farm?
– feed the horses their daily grain
– fill the water troughs
– put hay out for the horses
– hold horses for the vet or farrier
– help with training by getting horses tacked up and ready for Lindsey
– cleaning up the barn (mucking stalls after feeding, sweeping)
– helping with other various farm chores like painting, mucking paddocks, grooming horses, etc
– help at summer camp
How does it work?
– contact us to apply to be in the program
– we teach you how to do the various farm chores safely
– once you can do daily chores by yourself, you can sign up using our online sign up
– hours exchange at a rate of $10/hr
– you can use your hours to participate in PHH lessons, clinics, workshops, board, or summer camp; just ask us if you want to do this and we can work out the hours needed to participate in the special event. The exception is you cannot use hours to participate in event run by another clinician – for example you cannot pay in hours to ride with Tik Maynard or David Cowley. The lowest you can work your board down to is $125/horse with hours (for example if board is $260, you pay $125 in cash/cheque and $135 in hours).
– you can save your hours or ‘spend’ them right away… you can’t spend hours you have not yet used
Who can apply?
- Anyone with an interest in horses can apply as long as you are 12 years old or older, and are physically and mentally able to work with horses.
- Even if you are a first time beginner, we will teach you what you need to know- the best way to learn is volunteering at summer camp.
- You don’t earn hours when you are learning and being trained.
– During training (when you don’t earn hours) helpers will be instructed and supervised for all tasks
– Once helpers are able to do tasks safely (like feeding the horses), helpers can try these tasks on their own, but while someone is still at the farm to help if needed
– After a helper has managed to do tasks around the farm safely and without needing help (like feeding the horses and filling the water troughs) then helpers can choose to come at a time during the day that works best for them and do the tasks by them self at the farm (as long as it is scheduled so we know who is doing what).
Can I choose what tasks to do?
- The most common task we need help with is feeding the horses. Sometimes there will be a list of tasks to do – so helpers can decide amongst themselves who will do what. We are careful to offer tasks that are within your capabilities.
- Helpers can always say no to a task if they don’t want to do something for any reason, however, we cannot guarantee that we can offer an alternative task so you can still earn hours.
What is required?
- A waiver, code of conduct, and media consent. See all of these under Forms.
- A helper agreement – connect with us and we can arrange to complete one with you if you are ready to be a helper.
How Can I Sign Up?
- Email [email protected]
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I just have to let you know that I’m super excited about what I’ve been learning from you in the few lessons I’ve had with you. It’s so different then anything I’ve been taught before and I love it. It’s so effective with Prairie as well.
I notice such an attitude change in her (especially in the last lesson with the tarp). She’s always been fairly willing to learn but she would become very easily frustrated and I haven’t seen that with her at all. I really feel like I have found a renewed energy and enthusiasm for riding. So, thank you! Looking forward to next time.
Sue A.adult pleasure rider
The boys had a wonderful time at your games camp last week. They are begging to go back for next year’s camp. Warrior looks amazing. The girls at your place work very well with him. Your horses are very well cared for and it shows.
I love Lindsey’s style of teaching. Natural horsemanship makes me feel like I am making a connection and building a partnership with the horse I am riding instead of simply just riding a horse.
Marcie I.Young adult endurance rider
Lindsey has introduced me to the world of natural horsemanship and provided me with many opportunities. She always has confidence in me, even when I doubt my own abilities. She makes me feel that Phin and I can do anything together, and whenever I want to try something new or a little more challenging, the answer is never no — she helps us work up to our goals, whether it is bridleless riding, jumping higher, or cantering jumps. She has helped me build my relationship with Phin, which is extremely important to me. It’s not just about the riding, but about the special relationship between horse and rider. For me there is no greater reward when working with horses than knowing the horse loves and trust you, and Lindsey makes that possible. Not only is Lindsey an outstanding teacher, but an even better friend. I am so glad to have met her and her wonderful horses too. Thank you Lindsey for everything you’ve done for me so far, I love taking lessons from you and look forward to building my natural horsemanship skills even more.
Erin K.Teenager, Jumper/Trail Rider
I watched Lindsey at the Everything Equine Trade Show as she rode with no bridle or halter, it was something that I thought was only ever a dream until today (after having her first ride with her horse using no bridle/halter and completed figure 8 patterns, back up, etc) and now I realize it is reality.
VickyAdult Pleasure Rider