722 Giant City Rd.
Makanda, Illinois 62958



Unfortunately, Giant City Stables is not able to offer any volunteer opportunities at this time due to COVID-19 concerns.

Specialized Equine Services has volunteer opportunities for their therapeutic riding program. If interested, please contact them directly at



Dear Volunteer,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering.  We could not function without our dedicated group of volunteers.  Many wonderful people who give their time and talents to help with our programs bless our organization. Volunteers work with staff to build a team that helps care for our horses, manage the facility, and assist with lessons and a variety of additional supportive task. No previous experience required. All volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. Occasionally we accept students under 16 if they are currently enrolled in our lesson program, have passed level one riding and ground skills, and are supervised by parent or guardian.

What do volunteers do?

Assist in therapeutic riding sessions

  • Side walking
  • Horse leader

Daily chores

  • Cleaning stalls, arenas, and all barn areas, sweeping, dusting, etc.
  • Filling and cleaning water buckets and troughs

More experienced volunteers

  • Grooming and saddling
  • Lead pony rides
  • Office duties, phone, checking in customers

Orientation and training days for volunteers are scheduled through out the year.

We hope that the volunteer experience will bring satisfaction, personal growth and fulfillment to you, as well as our clients.

Volunteer Comments

"A great way to expand your horizons! The volunteer program provides so many benefits it's hard to put into words.  I was a city slicker from downtown Chicago, and didn't even know I liked horses, let alone, know how to take care of them.  My husband and I took lessons starting in 1999 and I have been volunteering ever since. It has been a great way to learn new things and meet new friends."

     Patricia (AKA Miss Pat)

"I've been volunteering since 2000 and there's never a dull moment!  I get my "horsie fix" every week, learn a little bit more and work with a wonderful group of people and have a great time.  It's been so rewarding.  If you love horses, have a few hours and want to meet some wonderful people, come on out!"


"Giant City Stables is my little get away from the daily routine.  This is where I come to meet, work and play with a great group of people of different ages, who all have a common interest: Horses!  It amazes me-I still learn something new about horses every time I come here."