Donate to Free Rein Foundation

Free Rein is entirely volunteer run.  We depend heavily on our network of over 150 volunteers to help care for our rescued horses, fundraising, community outreach, event production, administrative tasks, and marketing.

Free Rein foundation is not accepting volunteer applications right now. Please check back later.

Interested in joining our team of dynamic volunteers who are committed to saving beautiful animals from abuse and helping people thrive?

What it takes to be a volunteer at Free Rein:

  • Complete Free Rein’s mandatory 2-hour orientation.  Check the schedule below for upcoming events and sign-up online.  Electronically sign and submit the Volunteer Forms below and pay $45 for processing and to confirm your place.
  • Want to work directly with the rescued horses in the pasture for feeding, grooming and loving?  You must complete Horsemanship Training 1 & 2.  Trainings teach the fundamentals of horse handling.  Cost for Horsemanship Training is a one-time fee of $200.
  • If working with the horses, you must be prepared to commit to a regular schedule each week of at least 2 hours one day a week.  Times and days can be arranged with our volunteer coordinator.  If you can’t make your scheduled work hours, it is your responsibility to find a replacement with another qualified volunteer.  Our horses depend on our volunteers each week for love, feeding and grooming.
  • Want to volunteer, but not work with the horses? We have plenty of committees to help with fundraising, events, marketing, community outreach and administrative tasks.  Orientation is required.

Volunteer Orientations

All orientation meetings will be held in the Free Rein office, located in the portable buildings at the HCPEC.  

Horsemanship Training Part 1

(Prerequisite Volunteer Orientation successful completion)
Things we will cover:

  • Horse behavior and how to be safe
  • Herd behavior and how to be safe
  • Catching, Haltering, Leading and Grooming

Horsemanship Training Part 2

(Pre-requisite Volunteer Orientation & Horsemanship Part 1)
Things we will cover:

  • Practicing the things learned in Horsemanship 1
  • Free Rein Horse Feeding Practices and Procedures
  • Bathing
  • Horse First Aid

After completion of all three workshops, volunteers receive a certificate of completion, are considered alumni and may attend any of the trainings on a donation basis (horse grooming supplies, storage materials, fly masks, fly boots, buckets, first aid kits, items for earthquake kits, etc.) There are no renewal fees.

Questions?  Please don’t hesitate to contact our volunteer coordinator at