Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the community. It is a chance to make a difference in the lives of those who do not have a voice, and at Dove Creek Equine Rescue we welcome those that want to help!

Volunteer opportunities will depend on your skills, abilities, and expertise.  If you have a talent or expertise that you think we could use and would like to offer it, please let us know. We want our volunteers to have fulfilling and rewarding experiences here at DCER!  We appreciate your support!




Fall/winter:  saturdays 1:00Pm -4:00pm youth12 and over and adults are welcome! If under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.   all volunteers start at beginning level with the option of moving to our most advanced level - evaluated by staff.

If you want to help with facilities maintenance or equipment maintenance on another day, call frank castillo at 877-322-5622 to schedule.



Volunteers  will have the opportunity to help  with: 

  • Horse Care & Handling

    • Safety talk
    • Haltering
    • Leading
    • Grooming
    • Seasonally- bathing the horses


  • Facility Maintenance

    • Mucking stalls and pens
    • Cleaning water troughs
    • Fencing repairs
    • Barn/shelter clean-out
    • Painting buildings and signs
    • Gardening, sweeping hay areas


  • Equipment Maintenance

    • Tool maintenance

    • Equipment repair

    • Tractor repair and maintenance

    • Vehicle repair & maintenance

    • Trailer repair &  maintenance

After the chores are done, our Dove Creek Volunteers will be able to learn from Frank Castillo our head trainer as he completes a training session in the round pen with one of our rescue horses.


Other Activities 


We welcome those who want to assist in managing the fundraising opportunities at the rescue!


We are always looking for additional marketing and public relations help!

  • Designing brochures and posters
  • Grant writing
  • Article writing
  • Lettering writing
  • Contacting media for events and activities.



Frank Castillo - our head trainer - works with all volunteers. We do our best to accommodate more equine training education and one on one time with horses. The Volunteer Training Program is focused on proper handling of horses, basic ground training, grooming and of course safety. These are key factors needed when working with and training horses.



Meet Frank...

Our ranch foreman and trainer, Frank believes horses need enough time in the herd to become ready for training - where they will face their fears with the previous humans in their lifetime. But what's fascinating about him is that he understands a horse who has been through trauma because Frank remembers when he didn't trust people and when that led to sometimes of pain.

His personal journey mirrors many of the behaviors he sees in the horses that step into the round pen with him. Frank remarks that he always starts with an internal voice that goes something like, “I'm going to show you how to make a better life for yourself. If you and I can get on the same page you are going to have a really good second chance with humans - we are going to do everything we can to make that happen.”



Trail Riding & Riding Passes

Exclusive 800 acre property nestled in the  Tierra Blanca Canyon Draw - 10 miles east of Buffalo Wildlife Refuge
Access to 80x160 indoor arena - unless an event or activity is scheduled. Monthly and Yearly members get priority on scheduling.  


Open for riding Tuesday - Saturday

Closed Sunday and Monday


  • 2 horse maximum per person
  • All children under 12 must ride with helmet. 
  • Current coggins required
  • Liability release required -  Fill out and sign at the ranch (Download Form)


Day pass $25

Monthly membership $80 can ride Tues - Saturday

Yearly membership -  $850

For Day Pass call Frank at 1-877-322-5622 between 9am and 6pm to make a reservation or email us at

Must give a DAY in advance to make a reservation!

Thank you!