Parents of potential participants will need to fill out an application and a liability release form. After a general consultation with our Program Director, the children’s needs and goals will be assessed and a weekly scheduled time for sessions will be established. If you are unable to come every week we will do our best to work out a schedule. If we are currently unable to schedule you for a riding session, you will be placed on a wait list.
Veteran’s will be required to complete a liability release, history form and pre- and post-assessment at the end of their equine experience.
All attendees and volunteers must wear appropriate clothing at the ranch.
HopeWell Ranch serves the entire family. Parents receive support through other parents and our volunteers. Parents are welcome to be on-site and may have opportunity to interact with the animals or just enjoy the beautiful outdoors! If you have a child participating in our program, you may be wondering what YOU can do while your child is in a session. Some parents have come to be known as a “Ranch parent” and have been integral in our program by helping to oversee daily activities, helping with daily chores, or serving on fundraising event committees (see the section on fundraising below).
If you are interested in volunteering, whether for the hour your child is in session or more often, please let us know! We can always use help with welcoming new families, flower and vegetable gardening (weeding, watering, planting, harvesting!), feeding animals, cleaning indoors and outdoors, organizing, etc. Perhaps you have a special hobby or skill you would like to share – there are many ways you can get involved!