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Become a Discovery Volunteer

Discovery courses boost the confidence, life-skills and life-chances of young people suffering with behavioral problems and poor mental health. 

HorseWorld run the pioneering courses with help from our rescue horses, which help to build positive experiences for students outside of main-stream education.

To find out more about the courses, please click here.

Most courses run during term time and last for six weeks. Students have one session a week (so usually six in total), which last approximately two hours.

We are looking for volunteers to support a group of students through the duration of their course (alongside staff).

Volunteers must be able to commit to all six sessions so that the students are able to get to know the team they're working with and feel comfortable with them. Any changes may disrupt their experience and inhibit their confidence growth.


What's involved?

Each course runs in a similar order:

Week 1 -  Introduction to the staff, environment and horses. Students are taught handling and how to behave around the horses.

Week 2 - Grooming - students learn about types of horse care, equipment and horse anatomy. 

Week 3 - Dressing up and decorating the horses. Students use feathers, pipe cleaners, hoof paints etc. to decorate their horses.

Week 4 - Long reining. Students are taught how to tack up and long-rein their horses.

Week 5 - Obstacle course. Students lead their horses over various obstacles in the arena.

Week 6 - Riding. Students get the chance to groom, tack up and ride their horses in the arena.


Volunteers are expected to assist the students in these activities alongside HorseWorld staff, therefore must have previous experience working with horses, young people and be open to a DBS check.

Why get involved?

Working on Discovery courses is extremely rewarding: you will watch as students transform from shy or boisterous pupils to calm and confident young people by the end of each course.

As a volunteer in this role, you will improve skills such as communication and patience, as well as in horse handling and teaching.

You'll make great friends amongst the Discovery staff and fellow volunteers, as well as with the students and their teachers, and get to spend time with our wonderful rescue horses, often on a one to one basis.

Volunteering on Discovery is a great way to give back to the education system, your community and the younger generation, setting them up to flourish in their futures.

How to get involved?

Step 1. Sign into your HorseWorld heroes account or create a new one

Step 2. Accept this challenge

Step 3. Await contact from the HorseWorld team for further information

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Working independently
  • Working with Children 0-5yrs
  • Working with Children 6 - 12yrs
  • Working with Young People
  • Horse Riding
  • Horse Welfare
  • Horse Care
  • Working with Children
  • Training Others

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Creative and Arts
  • Learning and Education
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House
  • Horse Riding
  • Horse Welfare
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Creating things
  • Horse Care
  • Events

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