Are you looking for a fun and rewarding volunteer activity? Come and help with the therapeutic horsemanship program at the Hanson Center in Burr Ridge. No experience necessary! Our center works with riders with disabilities of all ages and skill levels. “My love of horses brought me to the Hanson Center. The benefits to the riders, the friendships with other volunteers, and the caring for the animals are some of the positives that I look forward to every week,” said volunteer Mimi Skala.
- At least 13 years old
- Attend a two hour training orientation covering COVID-19 protocols, horse grooming, tacking and leading horses.
- Enjoy interacting with people and animals
- Able to walk alongside the horses in varied weather conditions
- Fill out online volunteer application
If you have questions about volunteering, please email the Hanson Center offices or call 630-325-5330.
The therapeutic horsemanship program uses 20 horses to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of riding horses. Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified instructors lead individual and small group lessons with the assistance of trained volunteers. Students can begin riding as early as four years of age and participate in events such as Special Olympics, horse shows, and summer camps.
In lessons, instructors match students with others who share the same level of experience. We offer seven sessions a year, each six weeks long. Fees vary based on the type of lessons: private, semi-private, group, or shortened, five-week course.
Many of our riders participate in Special Olympics, horse shows, and summer camps. For the safety of our riders and volunteers, all students must complete a registration form, a consent form, and submit a medical release form signed by a physician.
The Hanson Center is a Premier Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International accredited center with a heated indoor riding facility, riding trails, and an outdoor arena.
Sponsor A Horse
It costs an average of $2,500 each year to care for every one of our therapy horses. Please help us provide the best therapy for people with disabilities by sponsoring a horse or a routine need at the barn. If you’re interested, you can donate online by selecting the “Sponsor A Horse” fund or emailing the Hanson Center offices.
We’re happy to answer your questions! Email the Hanson Center offices or call 630-325-5330.