Novice - Novice riders have some pretty basic experience with horses. They have possibly had a few lessons, maybe owned a horse as a child (or recently), but have not competed or trained young, green horses. They can catch, halter, groom, saddle and bridle a horse by themselves. They can mount and ride off unassisted. A novice rider may or may not be able to rise (or post) to the trot, but they can trot without bouncing and can stay comfortable with a slow canter on a gentle, well broken horse. They should know how to ask and obtain a slow controlled walk, trot/jog and canter/lope. They can change direction and circle their horse. They are learning what a diagonal is and leads are. They may have even started a little jumping and are comfortable on a well broken horse, but may not be comfortable on a greener, younger or less experienced mount. Intermediate - The intermediate rider has taken lessons or trained under a mentor for a while, rides in a specific discipline (or has experience in several disciplines) and may compete. He or she has ridden several different types of horses and can independently manage a horse’s care. Their seat is secure, they do not apply unintentional aids to the horse when they lose balance or become unseated. They know how to rise or post to the trot and ask for and obtain a specific lead or change in lead. They are capable of riding a less experienced horse and helping in that horse’s training. They are able to train/compete at a more advanced level with a trainer’s assistance. The intermediate rider is knowledgeable about different horse breeds and disciplines. He or she knows basic horse conformation and can detect lameness issues. Professional – Professionals are paid to ride horses. They have studied under masters and are able to break horses, train and handle problem horses. The professional makes his or her living from horses. They are able to teach both horse and rider and have themselves competed in high level equine sport. Please describe your horse experience, based on the years of experience that you have marked above: Have you ever or do you currently own horses? Please explain: Tell us about your experience with animals (for example, pets, previous volunteering or job experience with animals: When volunteering for Heaven’s Gate Animal Rescue, you may be in close contact with many types of animals including their medications, waste and food, etc. Although rare, there is a chance that an accident or illness may occur. In order to volunteer at the Heaven’s Gate Animal Rescue, you must agree to release Heaven’s Gate Animal Rescue, Heaven’s Gate Feed & Pet Supply or any person associated with either organization from any liability resulting from participation. I agree to the conditions stated in the waiver: Please provide the following emergency information: Emergency Contact Name / Relation If Yes, please describe your conditions and alert us to how to help you in an emergency situations: I understand that by signing this application, I am applying toVolunteers that have been confirmed for our Project are expected to give at least 3 weeks notification to cancel. Anything less will be treated as a “no show”. We count on every Volunteer ,we book our Volunteers very careful to get a wonderful Team. We make significant plans for your arrival (preparing accommodations, buying extra food, planning trips to town to pick you up), and often turn other Volunteers away, because they have confirmed bookings. Therefore it is very important that you are committed to the arrangements you make. If some unforeseen circumstance arises where you cannot meet your commitment please contact the host with as much notice as possible !!!!!! Also, we turn other Volunteers away to make room for you, and are depending on the extra help. Just as you expect to have a place when you arrive at Heaven’s Gate . Please consider how you would feel if we had committed to you and shortly before you are set to arrive, we cancel. How much notice would you wish to receive? I understand that by signing this application, I am applying to volunteer at Heaven’s Gate Animal Rescue and understand that for any reason my application may be denied. I also understand that upon acceptance as a volunteer at Heaven’s Gate Rescue, I will be required to sign a release of liability and waiver. By signing this application I am verifying that all information I’ve provided is accurate. Do you aggree with that?