Volunteer

I love working with the horses and seeing the great progress children make week after week.

Kathleen, Volunteer

Volunteers play a very important role at AWH, and we wouldn’t be as successful as we are today without them. We have more than 300 volunteers each year from all parts of Los Angeles County, many of which return to us on a regular basis.

Something Fun for Everyone

Whether you’re a horse lover, passionate about helping children, or simply want to help us out, we’ve got you covered! Some important tasks we need your help with include:

  • Sidewalking/spotting and/or horse leader
  • Grooming horses and maintaining horse stalls
  • General ranch work and landscaping/gardening
  • Administrative/office assistance

Getting Started

You may volunteer at any location on any day we have lessons. In the event of inclement weather, please call the main AWH office to confirm lessons will be taught that day:

Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all volunteers pre-register before attending any session. Please use the corresponding link to register at the location of your choice. You MUST register every time you wish to volunteer with AWH.

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Be 12 years of age or older for general volunteer work

Attend volunteer orientation. Held every Saturday from 8:45-9 am at our Shadow Hills location.

Volunteer Orientation
Due to the circumstances regarding COVID-19, our standard orientation has been put on hold, as we are limiting how many people are on site at a time. We will give a short orientation to first-time volunteers on their first day on-site.

A few notes before arriving:
— Please make sure to wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and a shirt with sleeves.
— Please bring a face covering. You will need to wear it when around other people.
— We ask that you wash your hands when you arrive.
— We recommend bringing your own water.

If you have not volunteered with us since the pandemic, we have a liability release form that must be signed. You can download this form using the links below. We will also have them available on-site. (If under 18, must be signed by your legal guardian.)

Do NOT come on site if: you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, cough, or headache), have you been in contact with anyone who has a known case of COVID-19, or been on an airplane within the last week.

Fill out the liability release.

Read all resources: Introduction to Volunteering, Guide to Horse Care & Safety, Volunteering During Lessons


Credits for Graduation

AWH provides community service credit for middle and high schools. We also provide for service learning and fieldwork credits at institutions including (but not limited to): USC School of Occupational Therapy students, UCLA Residents, CSUN, Glendale College, CBD College and College of the Canyons.



A Destination for Learning and Fun

AWH is a valuable and unique educational resource. We’ve hosted many field trips to our ranch and would love to welcome your class or youth group. Call us today to plan your visit!


Shadow Hills

Tuesday: 1 — 5 PM
2nd and 4th Weeks of the Month Only

Wednesday: 1 — 5:30 PM

Saturday: 9 AM — 2:30 PM

Westside (Sullivan Canyon)

Thursday: 1:30 — 5 PM

Hours may change seasonally or due to weather — for exact times, please call us.