Make a difference
Volunteer with one of Ireland's leading equine welfare charities...
We have many different roles - so there is something to suit everyone. In all cases you must be aged 18 or over. For the more specialised roles, you must have certain qualifications and experience. 

Our rescue centre is based in: Trim, County Meath. You will need to drive to be able to volunteer with us or have your own transport to LHPR.                            Our premises is not located on a public transport route.
In order for LHPR to run smoothly we have many voluntary positions, one is just as exciting as the other...

Volunteering at L.H.P.R is unique. Its not like volunteering anywhere else.
You will be volunteering for a charity that has welfare at heart 100% of the time. We are here to make a difference and WE WILL make a difference.
We are a busy working environment with always so much to do

You will be dealing with cutting edge animal treatment and movement technology. 



Yard assistants are the people on the yard daily either on a morning shift or an evening shift. They are responsible for the following: turn out/turn in, grooming, mucking out, poo picking, feeding, watering and haying the horses/ponies. They also undertake training and hands on duties with the animals. Stable hands must have at least 1 years horse experience and will become keyholders in time.

Volunteers should bare in mind we are a horse rescue centre. Our land gets quit muddy and wet in winter months. Yard work isnt easy and its not pretty.

We would ask that you consider all of the above.


Our welfare officers are the people on the frontline. They respond to calls for help from members of the public. These people are unsung heros and often see horses in their darkest hours. Welfare officers work alongside the Department of Agriculture and The Gardai.

This position is based on the road. Full training and uniform will be supplied. Fuel expenses covered by L.H.P.R

Applicants must be garda vetted, have a child protection course completed and must have good knowledge of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013
Specalised role. Contact us for further info


We believe education is the way forward in solving our equine welfare crisis.

Eduction officers develope education programmes and will go into schools, youth clubs and colleges to do talks on welfare and reponsible horse ownership.

Applicants must be garda vetted, have a child protection course completed and must have good knowledge of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013
Specalised role. Contact us for further info
Volunteer Application Form
Please click above to download the application form. All forms should be sent to our head office in Trim.

Some important information about volunteering

We are delighted you wish to volunteer with us. Just a few things before you apply. We ask that all volunteers are:

  • Over the age of 18 - unfortunately no exceptions
  • Are reliable and can offer at least six months’ commitment
  • Up to date with tetanus vaccines
  • Have equine experience/knowledge - minimum of two years
  • Be compassionate towards ALL animals
  • Be willing to work on their own and part of a team
  • Commit to a weekly rota and offer between 3-4 hours a week
  • On the grounds of health and safety we are unable to allow pregnant  woman to volunteer on the yard - however your welcome to help with admin etc.



The Leinster Horse and Pony Rescue (L.H.P.R) prohibits discrimination in employment, adoptions, volunteer opportunities, educational programs, and any of our activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, sexual orientation, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, associational preference, or any other criteria protected by law.
  1. Yard Assistant Bernie
    Yard Assistant Bernie
    Duties of a yard assistant include mucking out and general daily running of an equine yard
  2. Yard Assistant Bernie and Welfare Officer Rebecca
    Yard Assistant Bernie and Welfare Officer Rebecca
    Duties include poo picking paddocks (worm control)
  3. Fiachra and Yvonne
    Fiachra and Yvonne
    Many of our rescued equines love a good groom!
  4. Joseph, senior welfare officer
    Joseph, senior welfare officer
    Our welfare officers are on the frontline of animal welfare. They come across so harrowing scenes of animal cruelty and abuse. As much as the work of an EWO is difficult it is extremely rewarding! This is a specialised role!