Veteran volunteers who are recognized as ready to move to a new level may be asked to serve as a Volunteer Captain. The minimal requirements to serve as a Captain are:
- At least two sessions of experience with Equest.
- A good working knowledge of grooming and tacking.
- A good working knowledge of how Equest operates.
- A desire to become more involved with the program.
The role of a Captain may vary from class to class, and even from instructor to instructor. Generally, a Captain should be ready to step up their visibility in a class by:
- Effectively monitoring the progress of all horses in the class towards being groomed and tacked on time.
- Being able to assist volunteers in the stall by demonstrating proper techniques and answering questions.
- Keeping an eye on and working with new/inexperienced volunteers so as to provide them with a positive learning experience.
- Acting as a liaison with the instructor for tack changes, instructions regarding the class, or special requests.
- Reviewing tack on the horse for basic correctness - cleanliness and tack placement - before it leaves the stall, and correcting with positive encouragement.
- Checking that all horses are safely returned to the stall and properly undressed after class.
Some instructors may utilize their Captain during the mounting process by having them check girths, adjust stirrups to the proper length, and apply bands and laces as appropriate to the rider.