Equuvation Inc.


Join Us

As a Client / Participant

We would love the opportunity to serve you as a client or participant in one of our programs. Once you have identified which program suits your needs, please contact us or use one of the forms below to submit an inquiry. We will respond to all inquiries within 24-48 hours during regular business days and help get you started in the right direction. If you are unsure which service(s) you are looking for, we can also assist in identifying which program might be the best fit. Some of our programs do have a waiting list, which will identify at the time of our response to you. Click through the list below to any of the programs to access the forms needed to apply or learn more.


As a Therapist / Educator

Occasionally, we are seeking qualified mental health professionals and educators to join our team as independent contractors. We currently have two mental health professionals and an affiliate farm who have regularly occurring sessions within our organization.

The Mental Health Professional (MH) is responsible for intake, treatment planning, documentation of clients, billing and ensuring ethical practice.  The MH builds on the Equine Specialist’s horse observations, bringing in the metaphoric and therapeutic/learning relevance of the session.  

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • College-level educational training and graduate degree in a field that includes mental health as its scope of practice.  Examples would include MSW, Master’s/Doctorate in Counseling, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, MD in Psychiatry, Ph.D. etc.
  • Fully licensed to practice in North Carolina.
  • Under a governing board/body or member of an association that can hold him/her accountable (or under professional supervision by a supervisor that is held accountable by a governing board/association), i.e. a board that can revoke registration, certification, accreditation, or licensure for ethical or scope of practice violations relating to mental health practice.
  • Interested in and/or experience with experiential therapeutic modalities.
  • Passionate about the efficacy of animal assisted therapies.
  • Motivated to develop new programming.
  • Interested in complementing an existing practice with part-time work at the farm.
  • Willing to complete additional training in equine facilitated methods within twelve (12) months.
  • Able to work closely to co-facilitate treatment with a certified Equine Specialist.

If you are interested, please submit our online application at your convenience. We will keep applications active and on file for up to 2 years. We will contact you after receiving your submission to let you know the status of our current staffing needs.  Thank you for your interest, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


As an Equine Specialist / Therapeutic Riding Instructor

We are often seeking qualified equine professionals to join our team as volunteers and independent contractors. Amenities include the ability to work with clients in a beautiful, private outdoor setting less than one hour from Charlotte, Mooresville, Hickory and Winston-Salem, in a dynamic and growing industry.

The Equine Specialist (ES) is responsible for the physical welfare of clients, activity planning and co-facilitation in session. The ES works directly alongside the Mental Health Professional to plan, execute and debrief sessions in a way that supports the client’s therapeutic goals.  The ES must be a skilled horseman and facilitator with the maturity and professionalism required in a behavioral health setting.  

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • In-depth understanding of mental health disability.
  • Demonstration of natural horsemanship/handling skills commensurate with at least a Parelli Level One.
  • Certification as an Equine Specialist by either PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and/or EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)
  • Natural Lifemanship training within twelve (12) months of beginning the position.
  • Certification as a PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor considered a plus.
  • Passionate about the efficacy of animal assisted therapies.
  • Motivated to develop new programming.
  • Able to perform basic farm maintenance duties including mucking, feeding, grooming, animal care including non-equines.
  • Able to work closely to co-facilitate treatment with a licensed Mental Health Professional.
  • Interested in continuing education in this swiftly evolving field.

If you are interested, please submit our online application at your convenience. We will keep applications active and on file for up to 2 years. We will contact you after receiving your submission to let you know the status of our current staffing needs.  Thank you for your interest, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


As an Intern

Each year we offer a limited number of internships to students interested in learning more about the world of equine and animal assisted therapies, sensory education development and ranch management. Past students have included undergraduate Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Equine Management, Filmmaking and Sustainable Development majors; and graduate students in departments of Education, Social Work, Counseling and Psychology. We are happy to work with you to determine whether the farm will meet the requirements as a field site within your program.

For more information, please complete an Intern application and/or contact us directly. We do offer short-term residential opportunities.


As a Volunteer  


The generosity of volunteers allows us to elevate the care of our facility and animals; and implement, create and grow our educational and therapeutic programs. We welcome individuals and groups who are interested in volunteering weekly/ongoing or one-time.
If you are interested in volunteering, please review the guidelines below.

Volunteer Guidelines
• Volunteers MUST complete the application below.
• Volunteers should be at least 14 years of age, unless working with a larger group {scouts, school, etc.}
• Most volunteer opportunities are during normal business hours, Monday through Saturday.
• Volunteering involves physical activity; if you have any concerns or restrictions on the physical activity you are able to do, please contact us. We have a job for everyone!
• Previous experience with animals is not required.
• A background check will be conducted on all volunteers, ages 18 and over, especially if working with clients.
• All barn and facility rules must be adhered to.

Volunteer Activities:
• Trail Work [clean-up, development, blazing]
• Sensory Station and Habitat Development
• Gardening
• Painting, Construction/Repairs
• Horse + Animal Care
• Hay Production
• Grant Writing
• Art Installations
• Special Events / Trail Guide
• Community Outreach and Marketing
• Fundraising
• EAL and TR Volunteer (*requires additional training)

Click HERE to complete a volunteer application!

Equuvation reserves the right to make the final determination as to the appropriateness of volunteers for our organization.
All volunteers working with clients or participants are required to agree to a background check.


As a Donor or Sponsor

Our goal is to provide leadership, resources and funding for any field of activity leveraging the horse-human connection. This includes, but not limited to: The Discovery Trail, innovative therapeutic concepts created by Equuvation, support of local programs providing EFP, EAL, TR and Hippotherapy to individuals and groups in need, educational and research installations, small grants for like-minded projects and continuing-ed gatherings for professionals in our field. In order to do this, we rely on the financial support of our community.

There are also a variety of ways that local businesses, individuals and groups can support Equuvation Inc. and all of its projects or affiliates, from Legacy sponsorships and gift donations to ongoing or special event sponsorships; product and service donations, and more. Click here to make a donation or contact us for our sponsorship opportunity kit.