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Where there's a wheel barrow there's a way!

As you may well imagine, horse rescue requires many hands.

Tasks include:

1. Stall and paddock cleaning       2. Feeding, turn out/in  

3. Yard/property maintenance         4. Care of tack and tools  

5. Barn/store/tack room cleaning       6. Recycle/garbage management  

7. Store clerk, merchandise sorting         8. Office help  

9. Fundraising 10. Grooming

The Horse Protection Society of BC is honoured you have chosen to check us out. HPS volunteers are an important part of our team and we would welcome your help.


We offer the choice for volunteers to participate in our liberty program with one of our horses, when space is available, at a very low cost to you. This is an opportunity to learn much more about the horses and how they think, and how to communicate effectively with them.

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; 
they just have the heart.
~Elizabeth Andrew 

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If you would like to talk to us about volunteer opportunities, please email to: Let us know what your experience level is, what your specific interests are and how you feel you could best contribute. We'll look forward to hearing from you!





Barn Address: 1395 242nd St., Langley

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10054 OtterCoop

                              Langley, BC V4W 3Z5

Phone: 604.308.4400       



Mission Statement: To promote and support the total well being of horses


The Horse Protection Society of BC is pleased you have chosen to volunteer with us. As an HPS volunteer, you are an important member of our team and we would like welcome you.


We have many duties, depending on your skill/interest level, to choose from at HPS. . These range from barn duties, grooming, laundry, tack or property maintenance, feed/turn out or in, and working with horses in need, to administration; including the organization of fundraising activities, office work, store help, recycling and garbage management.


We would also like to welcome those of you who do not have any experience in the horse world. For those volunteers who would like to further their knowledge in these areas we can help you achieve your goals




-   Please make sure to park in the “Barn” parking lot.

-   If you have not already done so, you will be asked to complete a Volunteer Form.

-   Please sign in on the volunteer hour sheet. When you leave please sign out.                

-   Check the white board for what needs to be done or check in with the barn staff for   further instructions.

-    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help you and again appreciate your time and efforts at HPS!




-    Please wear comfortable clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty.

-    Avoid wearing loose scarves or anything that dangles that could get caught.

-    Keep jewelry to a minimum (e.g. no dangling earrings, rings, bracelets or necklaces.

-    Wear hard shoes or boots to protect your toes, (no sandals or open-toed shoes).

-    Lock all valuables in your car out of sight.

-    Please remember that we are also a place of business and dress appropriately, i.e. no pajamas, tube tops or the like.




-    Absolutely “NO” smoking in the barn, riding arena or lounge area. Smoking is permitted on the asphalt area in the parking lot.

-    NO running or shouting in the stable area be calm and quiet around the horses.

-    No photographs are permitted without permission from the office.

-    No pets allowed.

-    Do not reach through the bars of the stalls to pet the horses.

-    Do not hand feed the horses, as it can contribute to biting.

-    NEVER approach a horse directly from behind, always approach from the side where the horse can see you. Speak when approaching the horse so they know you are there.

-    Always keep a hand on the horse’s body when you go around him, so he knows you are there.

-    When following another horse stay back at least two horse lengths to avoid kicking.

-    Before approaching an arena door call out, “DOOR” in a clear and loud voice so those in the arena working know that you are about to enter. Please follow these instructions whether you are bringing in a horse or coming to observe.

-    Please ask barn staff before taking any horse out of a paddock, stall or field.

-    Never have earphones in both ears, always make sure you can hear and see clearly at all times.

-     It is important to turn off lights when you are done in an area.

-     Please make sure to turn off the water if you have turned it on.

-     Make sure to put away all equipment you have used so the next person can find it, i.e.: wheelbarrows, stall forks, brushes, etc.



-    You must be a member of the Horse Council of BC if you plan to ride an HPS horse. Your membership includes a good insurance plan and you can sign up online if you like. If you are not going to ride you must sign a waiver for insurance purposes.

-    Please let the barn manager or volunteer coordinator know if you are unable to attend on a scheduled day. The more notice the better so that chores can be re-allocated.

-    In whatever capacity you are a volunteer; you are a very valuable member of the HPS team!

-    Volunteers are encouraged to seek information or assistance whenever they are unsure. Remember we are here to assist you in any we can and we are open to any questions or concerns you may have.

-    Please report any incidents you feel would be appropriate to the barn manager or the volunteer coordinator, i.e.: a broken fence, a strange incident with a horse, an injury you witness, or conflicting information you may come across.

-    We hope you will enjoy working with the Horse Protection Society and that it will be a worthwhile and valuable experience for you.




Monday – Friday        10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturday                     10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday                       10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

*Except by special arrangement 


Volunteer Coordinator: Sarah Crawley



Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart.
~Elizabeth Andrew


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