Volunteer FAQs

Want to learn a little more about SIRE? We’ve complied the following Frequently Asked Questions to help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

WHAT IS SIRE?

SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center, is a therapeutic horsemanship program for people with disabilities. We serve approximately 210 clients per week ranging in age from 3 years old to adults. SIRE is a premier accredited center with PATH International, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

WHERE IS SIRE LOCATED?

We have 3 locations:
HOCKLEY

NW of Houston, close to Magnolia
24161 Spring Drive
Hockley, TX 77447
(see map)

SPRING

East of I-45, north of FM 1960
4610 Sloangate
Spring, TX 77337
(see map)

RICHMOND / FORT BEND

Richmond State Supported Living Ctr
2100 Preston Street
Richmond, Texas 77469
(see map)

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? DOING WHAT?

Volunteers can:
  • Be a SIDEWALKER – walk beside the clients as they ride to assist with balance and to reinforce the instructor’s directions. No horse experience needed. 

  • Be a LEADER – lead the horse in the class, possibly groom and tack up the horse. Prior horse experience is necessary. Volunteers will work with the horses from the ground, not be asked to ride.

  • Requirements – Sidewalkers and horse leaders must be able to walk for 30 minutes, be able to jog briefly, and possibly support a moderate amount of weight. The minimum age is 14. Younger volunteers may be able to participate in opportunities outside the arena (see below) with parental supervision.

  • Volunteer outside the arena – fundraising, publicity, office help, special events, etc. There are also volunteer opportunities where you can work from home.

  • WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENT IS INVOLVED?

    You can volunteer for as little as 1 hour per week or as much as you want. SIRE has 12-14 week Fall and Spring semesters and a 6-week Summer semester.

    We ask that arena volunteers commit to at least 1 hour/week for the entire semester. This is important because you will be part of a team, usually working with the same client each week. You will develop a rapport with the clients you work with and can help them to build on their accomplishments from week to week.

    If you cannot make this kind of commitment, you can be put on the substitute list, where regular volunteers will call you when they need to be absent.

    WHAT ARE THE DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO VOLUNTEER?

    NOTE: Volunteers are needed at least 30 minutes prior to the start and after completion of classes. Take this into consideration when committing to your time availability. Initial times below are one hour before each class’ start.

    HOCKLEY SITE

    Tues: Noon – 8 pm
    Wed – Thurs: 8 am – 8 pm
    Fri: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Sat: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

    SPRING SITE

    Mon: 3 pm – 8:15 pm
    Tues: 7:45 am – 12:30 pm
    Wed: 3 pm – 8:15 pm
    Thurs: 3:15 pm – 8:15 pm
    Sat: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

    FORT BEND SITE

    Tues: 8 am – 8:30 pm
    Wed: 8 am – 12:45 pm, 1:30-3:30 pm
    Thurs: 8 am – 7:30 pm
    Fri: 9 am – 12 pm
    Sat: 8 am – 2 pm

    WHAT IS THE ENVIRONMENT LIKE AT SIRE?

    The atmosphere at SIRE is upbeat and fun. The clients will amaze and inspire you. Some classes take place in a covered arena, some in an outdoor arena. Work around horses is never a “clean” job, so be prepared to get dirty and sometimes go home smelling like a horse!

    WHEN DOES THE NEXT SEMESTER BEGIN?

    Please check our Calendar for the latest info.