We believe miracles can happen through the connection of a client, a very special horse,
a caring therapist, a gifted riding instructor, and LOTS of willing volunteers!

Our volunteers are what keep TROT thriving. They make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives, animals’ lives, and our organization as a whole- and they have so much fun while doing it!

Would you like to spend time caring for amazing horses, help maintain our barn, delight to see the smile of a child when they hit a new milestone or reach a new goal, and make the Cottondale/Tuscaloosa area a better place?

If so, we would love to have you join our volunteer family at TROT! See what our volunteers have said about their experience.

Never worked at a barn before? No problem. No previous experience is required. We will train you!

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Make a difference
  • Help others
  • Have purpose
  • Meet new people & make new friends
  • Be part of the Tuscaloosa community
  • Learn new skills
  • Take on a challenge
  • Enrich school and college experience
  • Become a better job candidate
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Feel good
  • Have fun!

What you will be doing

You will potentially be responsible for the following duties:

  • Cleaning stalls
  • Assisting children during lessons
  • Assisting clients
  • Feeding/throwing hay
  • Tacking/untacking horses

Minimum requirements

  • Age 16+
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be willing to fulfill your commitment

What we expect from you

  • Show up for the mandatory training session. ​​We cannot allow you to work with our horses until you do so. We ask this in the best interest of your safety, as well as everyone around you.
  • Show up on time for your assigned time slot. It is very important that you are on time, as we work on a very tight schedule to accommodate out client demand. We must be as efficient as possible!
  • Wear clothes that you can get dirty in. You will be working in a barn. You should expect to get a little dirty, but sometimes the dirt can be fun!
  • Be responsible for yourself. We have a lot to keep up with, so we cannot watch you to make sure you are on task. We ask all of our volunteers to come into the barn and begin your assigned work when you arrive.
  • Please do not leave early unless you have spoken with a coordinator. We depend on you to be there and we can’t be at our best if we do not have enough help.
  • Remember that you are around large animals and children with disabilities. We expect the utmost respect and responsibility from our volunteers, as it is for everyone’s best interest.
  • Have FUN! Here at TROT, we strongly encourage fun. We love our jobs and have fun every day. So, we love to see our volunteers not only helping out, but enjoying themselves!

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Login

Volunteer Email Sign Up


Please give us the times and dates you would like to volunteer and your willingness to commit.

We will schedule ahead of time and will reach out to you with the schedule daily. Lori Epperson is who you will talk to about the volunteer schedule.

Can’t volunteer, but still want to help?

Please visit our donate page

to see how you can give!