Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: A small town in NY
• Horses: 0
Luce73 in my experience, I don't think they would turn away a volunteer for a slight language barrier. In fact, I think they will just appreciate as many volunteers as they can get regardless. It sounds like you know the language pretty well and you will pick up more.
At my barn, we have three different trainings - initiation, which is just showing you around the farm and how different things work, sidewalker training (which is often coupled with initiation) and leader training.
When I first started volunteering, I just sidewalked for about 6 months (and that was due to a lack of confidence on my part more than anything). Now, I catch horses, groom, tack, lead, do barn chores, everything.
I'm not sure how things will be run at your barn, but if you have previous horse experience, chances are they'll want you to lead and do stuff with the horses, and if you don't, you'll work up to it.
A horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you may not like what you see. - Buck Brannaman