Volunteers are the heart and soul of Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary. From 7:30 am to 11:00 am every single morning, they can be found all over the ranch scrubbing water tubs, digging out stalls, raking up hay, moving bales into carts, walking or grooming horses, turning crews out into the arena, feeding, and loving on each individual horse. In short? They essentially run our entire ranch. Without them, Tierra Madre could not possibly give its horses the home they deserve.

Being a Tierra Madre volunteer is very physically demanding, but the rewards are overwhelming. Volunteers might work hard each and every day, but they also get to spend time with the horses: learning secrets, sharing stories, and savoring the strength and beauty that each horse embodies. Regardless of age, experience, or personality, together our volunteers become something stronger than friends. They become a family.

Interested in joining our family and making a difference in the lives of our herd? Your first step is to fill out our online application HERE.

Then, upon the submission of your application, we will then schedule you for a new volunteer orientation, where we go over Horsemanship 101, Policies and Procedures, and Safety Protocol. New volunteer orientation days are typically on the last Saturday of every month from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. (PLEASE be sure to schedule your orientation as some days can change due to major fundraisers or holidays.)

Finally, at the end of your orientation day, you will sign up for a buddy day, during which you will shadow a staff member or senior volunteer for a morning to get a feel for a typical day as a volunteer. We hope your buddy day will make you feel more comfortable and at home.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering, and we look forward to welcoming you into the Tierra Madre family!

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