Providing volunteers with training opportunities affects the overall success of programs with which they are involved. This article describes a study of 98 Louisiana Master Horseman Program graduates. The study addressed their perceived self-efficacy related to equine technical and management skills, their changes in confidence regarding teaching relevant skills to others, and their willingness to teach those skills to others. Results indicated that the training positively affected graduates' horsemanship skills and their confidence and willingness related to teaching such skills. Findings suggest that the Louisiana Master Horseman Program is useful for creating a highly trained volunteer workforce and is a master volunteer program option that could be replicated successfully in other states.
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Walker, N., Cater, M., Davis, D., & Fox, J. (2017). Evaluation of Components of Volunteerism in Master Horseman Program Graduates. The Journal of Extension, 55(1), Article 12. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.01.12