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Despite the snow and cold weather expected to hit again this weekend, the work at Zuma’s is never done. There are always hungry horses to be fed and stalls to be cleaned and Zuma’s ALWAYS appreciates a helping hand. The Saturday Volunteer Training will be held – sun, rain or snow, so bundle up and bring your thermos full of hot cocoa! Please drive safely if you plan on joining us this weekend!
Here are some pictures from our last snow storm, courtesy of Maura Stack-Oden.
Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors, our rescued horses can now enjoy their new run in sheds and pastures. Take a look at the beautiful new fencing put up last weekend! Special thanks to the Colorado Fence Association.
Zuma’s is a very special place; we’re not just a horse rescue. We also provide equine-assisted psychotherapy to children. This means that when therapy is in session, certain areas of the property are off limits in order to protect the privacy of the children in our program. If you arrive and the gates are closed, please do not attempt to enter the property. The gates are closed when the property is closed to visitors, for your safety and to ensure the privacy of our therapy clients.
If you intend to travel some distance to visit us, please make arrangements with us ahead of time to ensure that your visit will coincide with a time when we are able to accept visitors. Call us at 303-346-7493.
Volunteer Training is held every Saturday, beginning at 9:00 AM. Gates will be open at or around 8:30 AM to allow new volunteers to enter for training. Because volunteer training requires the group to move around the 146-acre Ranch, trainers will not be able to greet and welcome visitors to the Ranch after the training has started. Therefore, the gates may be closed once training begins.
Horses are large animals, and caring for them can be strenuous activity. Please ensure that you are healthy enough to participate if you wish to join us.If you want to volunteer in non-strenuous ways, contact us to see how you can help.
There is some risk that accompanies working around large animals and the equipment used to care for them. As such,volunteer applications and liability waivers must be obtained from visitors and volunteers before they are allowed to move freely on the property.
So, please understand that while we may, at times, restrict the flow of untrained or non-volunteer visitors onto the property to ensure the safety and privacy of those on our property, we value your interest and look forward to your involvement with our program, very much!
Volunteer for the Equine After School Program at Zuma Horse Rescue
This program is being catered to foster and adopt youth as well as youth who are in high conflict divorces. We are looking for anyone over the age of 15 who has some horse experience. There is no riding in the program. Volunteers must be comfortable handling trained horses on the ground, leading, lunging, and grooming. Additionally, volunteers should have patience and feel comfortable acting as mentors to youth throughout the program. Volunteers should be good at listening, setting boundaries, and showing empathy.
It is essential that volunteers make a commitment to come every week for the duration of the 12 week program (we have already completed 2 weeks.) Many foster youth, adopted youth and those in high conflict divorces have experienced rejection by parents or other caregivers. Therefore, it is vital that volunteers follow through on their commitment to mentor youth for the 12 week program.
The program will have two groups of kids divided by age. Wednesday from 4-6:30 will be the younger group (7-12 y/o) and Thursday from 4-6:30 will be the older group (13-17 y/o). Volunteers for the Thursday group must be over 21 years of age. Volunteers for the Wednesday group must be over 15 years of age. Volunteers are only expected to commit to one day per week (Wednesday or Thursday). Since this program works with children, a background check will be required for all volunteers.
Contact Jennifer with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-408-0330
*If you know a child who would benefit from this program or are interested in enrolling a child in the program, please contact Jennifer for more information. Zuma’s Rescue Ranch also offers individal and family equine therapy programs. Visit http://www.zumasrescueranch.com for more information.