WE NEED YOUR HELP - VOLUNTEER!
We are a 100% volunteer organization. We have no paid staff or employees.
Interested in being part of the MFMN Team? Volunteers make it possible to help so many more horses!
There are many opportunities to volunteer, from being a part of the feeding team, to helping with grounds work, fencing and equipment maintenance, or helping with administrative, fundraising and online tasks. Qualified volunteers can be part of our riding and training team, or help with medical needs.
There is truly something for everyone - no matter your location or physical ability. We would love to have you be part of our team!
We have many ways to volunteer.
The Feeding Team is responsible for one of the most important jobs at MFMN - making sure our horses are fed. Though we feed round bales and have automatic waterers for the horses, most of the horses are fed grain at least once a day in separate feeding pens. We segregate the horses in order to ensure that every horse receives his allotment of feed, and we also use this opportunity to monitor the health and well-being of each horse on a daily basis. Horses on stall rest or in small pens require twice a day feeding and watering. Feeders also maintain the daily count and checks, and ensure that the automatic waterers are working, and other water tanks are clean and filled.
AM Shift: 8 -11 am; PM Shift: 5 - 7 pm.
Distribute correct quantities of hay and grain and medications for each horse as instructed.
Ensure that all horses have water
Monitor all horses’ health and well-being.
Note any health or safety issues and report them immediately.
Clean all feed buckets.
Organize feed room, sweep floor and clean counters and sink.
Must be able to volunteer at least one shift every week
High degree of reliability and own mode of transportation
Ability to accurately measure and mix feed, supplements, and medications as instructed.
Experience working around horses is required, when moving horses in and out of the feeding pens.
Barn Chores Team
The barn chore team takes care of all the little things that are easily overlooked - keeping the facility clean and in good working order. Jobs include cleaning stalls and picking paddocks, general barn organization and cleaning, and assisting with special projects as needed. This team is the most flexible and offers even the least experienced people horse time while cleaning paddocks, and this is where the majority of our volunteers start. We ask that Barn Chores team commit to at least one 2-3 hour shift every week.
Building, grounds, and fence upkeep: This team helps with projects such as ongoing fence repair, dragging/spraying/seeding horse pastures, horse shelter and barn repair, manure spreading and/or hauling, building of additional horse pens and pastures, and more.
Light and heavy vehicle maintenance: We utilize a number of vehicles for a variety of daily activities. We are looking for people with mechanical backgrounds who can help maintain our trucks, tractor, and horse trailers.
This core group of volunteers is responsible for medical care, trips to the vet, managing medications and bandages, and the general health of the herds. Requires knowledge of horse anatomy, behavior, and signs of illness, and the ability to recognize the symptoms of distress and an emergency situation. Includes ability to distribute veterinary ordered medications, including eye medications, intramuscular shots such as vaccines and penicillin, deworming, and an understanding and demonstrated ability to wrap legs in various different wraps. May have to deal with panicked or difficult horses.
This team is responsible for training and exercising the horses to get them ready for adoptive homes. All volunteers who wish to handle horses must demonstrate their abilities to Donna Ogle, and she will determine which horses and training activities may be completed by the volunteer. Training team members are expected to commit to at least one training day per week.
Administrative, Fundraising and Outreach Team
The Administrative, Fundraising and Outreach Team keeps the rescue running! Members of this team assist the Executive Director with office tasks such as filing, data entry, thank you notes, phone calls, and emails. The team also assists in all fundraising activities and events, and helps to maintain our various online resources. There are many remote opportunities available, including assisting with the quarterly newsletter, photography, submitting articles for the newsletter and website, soliciting sponsors, and writing grant proposals.