What Volunteers do


Horse Experience

Q: Must I have horse experience to be a volunteer?
A: Absolutely not! Most positions require no horse experience at all. You can even assist us if you are afraid of these gentle giants and want to help our program without having any exposure to horses at all. We now​  also offer training programs at a discounted cost to cover the instructor who will be teaching anyone who is interested in furthering their horse education.

Q: I have lots of horse experience and want to be directly involved with the horses. How can I help?
A: We have volunteers who help  maintain the horses by feeding, stall cleaning, and basic health care. We are currently FULL on horse handler positions, which require extensive horse experience. 

Times to Volunteer

Q: Is there a minimum time commitment? What times are available for me to come volunteer?
A: We do ask volunteers to work with our volunteer director to create a regular schedule to which they can commit for one of our volunteer sessions – generally several months. The times available change throughout the year, so please keep up to date with us!

Service Groups

Q: I am part of a volunteer/youth/faith-based/school/etc. service group. Can we be of assistance?
A: Absolutely! We have high school service clubs that serve food, set up and clean up at our fundraisers. We have groups who come for a one-time service project and those who come regularly. We welcome them all. Just contact us to find out how we can fit your group into our schedule.

Next Steps

Q: What is my next step to begin volunteering?
A: If you are 13 years or older and you are interested in assisting with our volunteering duties attendance at the two-hour orientation and training session, held monthly, is required. If you are interested in manual work or fundraisers please contact us to find out how to get started. In either case, your next step is to contact by email unbridledspirits@gmail.com or by telephone at (319) 471-3545 to express your interest.


5617 Clear creek rd Lisbon IA 52253 us

We have a need of a team of volunteers to make our cause work smoothly. We use volunteers to work fundraisers and events to financially benefit the horses at our ranch, volunteers for doing horse chores, and volunteers who assist in repairs for helping keep the ranch in clean working order. 

If you do not have the experience required to volunteer (yet!), we now offer educational training programs and camps!

If you’d like to volunteer in a program, you must attend our Volunteer Orientations. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Our ranch itself is pretty self-sufficient as far as horse care, so we don't have a huge need for people to work with or exercise the horses as much as we need people to help run events and other crucial tasks around the ranch. 

Although volunteers can gain experience working around horses, our volunteer program is not designed as a teaching/learning opportunity for riding lessons, horse training, groundwork, medical care, etc. While you will likely learn basic horse care while volunteering, if you are interested in riding lessons, we also offer educational training programs to get you started by expanding your equine education.

Basic ​​Volunteer Requirements

  • A signed volunteer application and waiver from a parent or guardian is required or volunteers under 18 years of age.

  • Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer without a parent or guardian. 

  • Children younger than 13 are required to volunteer with a parent or guardian on-site. There is an exception granted for youth groups! School classes, 4-H clubs, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, etc. may volunteer for a day project.

  • Companies, organizations and clubs can schedule specific days to volunteer.

Volunteer Positions

Event Worker: Attend events and ensure we maintain an open and friendly attitude and assist in what ever type of event happens to be on. No experience necessary!

Fund Raiser: Help us develop and maintain friends in our community who support us financially. No experience necessary!

Ambassador: Sit at a table at community events and tell other people who want a rewarding volunteer opportunity or are interested in writing about our program​. No experience necessary!

Tour Guide: Be available to drive visitors around the ranch on a guided tour, and vocalize the history of the ranch itself and the horses who live here. Answer questions about our organization, the horses, and our goals, and allow visitors to obtain an inside look to our cause. No experience necessary, but individuals need to be able to memorize the horses and our history and give it their own spin. 

Ranch Cleanup: Maintains the upkeep of the ranch, including but not limited to fence repair, weeding, pen clean up, etc. While certain experience is appreciated for larger jobs, no experience is necessary to get started!

Stable Assistant: Make sure our hardworking horses and staff have a safe, healthy, clean and comfortable home in which to work. Experience and a passed skills test we provide is necessary, as this is a suitable job for able bodied people who have drive and are good at time management​. We have training programs for those interested but have no experience!

Ranch Feeder: Assist our caretakers at our ranch in Lisbon with caring for our herd of horses and other friendly animals. General animal experience and a passed skills test we provide is necessary, as this is a suitable job for able bodied people who have drive and are good at time management. We have training programs for those interested but have no experience!

Horse Handler: Maintain the althleticism of the horses that are capable of being used and be able to assess their skills and desire to work. Experience is necessary, and all applicants are required to pass an equine knowledge and skills test. The thoroughbred horses are retired athletes, who are still competitive and highly skilled, and all are not transitioned to riding for pleasure or other sports. We do not offer public riding, riding lessons, or allow any of our volunteers to ride the horses. We have a few professional trainers who exercise the horses and we occasionally allow high level trainers to use our horses in other sports that the horses enjoy. We are currently FULL on horse handler positions, which require extensive horse experience.