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Paddock Assistant


Dunedin Riding for the Disabled


Animal Care




Dunedin, Mosgiel

Dunedin RDA is one of 50 Riding for Disabled groups around New Zealand. They are affiliated with the New Zealand Riding for Disabled Association. Their mission is to provide confidence, independence and well-being for people with disabilities through therapeutic horse riding and horse care. The Dunedin Group RDA (DRDA) was established in 1973. They now have our own land in Fairfield, Dunedin.

As a Paddock Assistant you will be:

  • Helping RDA take care of their lovely herd of horses
  • Feeding horses their hay and hard feed
  • Mucking out their paddocks
  • Rugging and unrugging the horses
  • Topping up and cleaning their water troughs
  • Performing morning paddock duties (start around 9am - usually takes about an hour)
  • Performing evening paddock duties (start around 5pm - usually takes about an hour)

Training provided?

  • Orientation Training is provided

What's in it for volunteers?

  • You will be helping RDA to fulfil its core purpose to provide people with a disability or specific needs/challenges to improve their confidence, independence and wellbeing through the experience of therapeutic horse riding & horse care
  • You get to be around, and care for, some lovely horses


  • Previous experience being around horses
  • Horse experience is helpful
  • Physically fit
  • Wear warm clothing appropriate for the job; covered shoes and sunhat if needed
  • Training provided
  • A Police check is required

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • Monday - Sunday, 1-1 ½ hours in the morning and/or evening

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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