Join our team looking after the horses, improving the sanctuary and promoting equine welfare whilst working on your force-free horsemanship skills.
Volunteer with Horses
Want to view African wildlife in a Big 5 game reserve, take part in various equine activities, make a difference on outreach and experience incredible excursions?
Join our well rounded volunteer expirience at Finca Soley. Immerse into Nature, the study of Horses, and give back by teaching English. Includes a Spanish course.
Join us on our peaceful horse farm. Learn Natural Horsemanship, bitless riding and classical training. Horses, Nature and Farmlife. Spanish Course available too!
Surround yourself with the healing spirit of Joseph's Dream Appaloosas! Learn with Liberty, Horsemanship, Trust Techniques, Bodywork and co to truly connect force free!
Are you looking for a project that takes you away for your everyday life? Then travel to Canada and take part in our amazing Horse Ranch Canada project.
Combine horseback safaris, anti-poaching patrols and wildlife monitoring, with hands-on rhino and elephant conservation work. All on the back of your very own bush horse!
This unique and exciting project gives you the chance to directly contribute to wild animal conservation in the countryside of Portugal.
Take this opportunity to work alongside wildlife Researchers & Biologists in Mongolia to conserve one of the world’s rarest & endangered species of Horses, the Takhi's!
Perfect for animal lovers and aspiring veterinarians, help rescue neglected animals and assist the veterinary service. There is always a lot to do and support is needed.
A volunteer program helping to care of our typical Peruvian Paso horses, train them and guide our guest on riding tours to the Pre Inca Pyramids.
Get involved with horse and pony rescue and rehabilitation in South Africa. If you have experience with horses, great. If not, you will learn with a great team.
As a volunteer, you will participate in every day horse care and barn upkeep and have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with our rescued and abused horses.
Come stay in our beautiful Mongolian Yurt on our eco-sanctuary whilst learning about equine welfare, force-free training methods and sustainable living.
Work with our beautiful and unique Appaloosas. To help rehabilitate neglected horses and wildlife orphans.
One week learning Spanish and exploring Viñales Valley – bursting with tobacco plantations, traditional farming, unique limestone mountains. Horse, bike, hike adventure!
This project is for adventure seeker that want to experience a piece of the wild & untamed Africa, all whilst being able to follow their passion for horses and riding!
Learning from nature to implement techniques, creating an interesting and diverse landscape that is functionable and stimulating for human and horse.
Spend some time with us and our amazing Marwari horses for a unique opportunity to be trained in natural horsemanship in the beautiful Indian countryside.
Learn everything about the proper care and training of the animals. Depending on your experience, you can also assist in hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.
Horse Rescue Programs
Whether you’re a horse lover or in need to reconnect, engaging with the equine may prove to be the best therapeutic experience. Travel around the world to some of the most remote places and join the daily activities of a sanctuary, ranch or rescue center. Contribute to the healing process of injured animals and witness the positive effects the experience may have on you. Research has proven that horse therapy can help those who are struggling with mental health issues, for example. Whether you’re excited about an exhilarating gallop in nature, you want to learn how to gain back the trust of injured or abandoned horses or enjoy the process of grooming them, there are so many opportunities for volunteers all around the world.
We don’t need much of an introduction when it comes to horses. For thousands of years, they have been man’s best friend, standing by loyally even during battle. Over the years, it’s become increasingly obvious why humans and equine animals have become so close. They have a lot in common and horses have proven to have quite a therapeutic effect. Before we go into more depth on this matter, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about horses. You may even learn a thing or two:
- Horses are able to see almost 360 degrees and have the largest eyes of all mammals.
- Males have more teeth than females and you can tell their age by them.
- Their ears, eyes, and nostrils express their mood.
- A horse’s brain is about half the size of a human brain.
- Their ears point to where they are looking.
- Horses are social animals, lonely when kept alone and will mourn when a companion passes.
- Horses can run shortly after being born.
- The only species of truly wild horses is called Przewalski's or Dzungarian horse. This species has never been domesticated by humans.
- Feral horses roam around free in the wild but are of domesticated ancestry. Examples of feral horses are Mustang, Namib Desert horse, and the Brumby.
- Semi-Feral horses such as the Camargue horse or the Pottok live freely in herds but are owned by a horse breeder.
🐴 Horse Conservation Status 2023
There are certain domesticated breeds that are slowly becoming extinct because they are no longer bred. The reason for that is mostly a lack of demand. There is only one species that is truly wild and has never been domesticated: the Przewalski's Horse. The Przewalski species was extinct from the wild at one point in time but and thanks to conservation efforts, they are among us again today and roaming the plains of Mongolia.
Most volunteer projects for horse conservation are focused on nurturing neglected rescue horses who have been saved from situations where they have been ill-treated. Each sanctuary focuses on taking care of these animals and working toward providing them with a safe and happy environment. Most centers will focus on training them in a sustainable way while respecting each horse’s true temperament. This approach allows equine animals that don’t wish to be tamed, to remain wild at heart.
Since the mission of most horse volunteer projects is to end all equine suffering, you might not just find horses at your chosen volunteer project. You might find yourself working with all of the following animals:
Volunteers who love being around equine animals and have a desire to rescue and care for them will feel right at home at a program in a sanctuary or rescue center where they can work in a team alongside others who are equally passionate and willing to donate some of their precious time. There several projects available around the world that will give you the necessary training and, be in contact with horses and learn new things.
🌍 Where can I volunteer with horses?
There are horse sanctuary projects available across the world. Equine volunteer opportunities will bring you to remote places where you will be able to embrace nature. A volunteer program with horses will usually take place somewhere on a ranch in the middle of nowhere where you’re surrounded with lots of nature and, of course, horses. Projects will take you almost anywhere around the world. Each program will allow you to experience the exquisite nature the area has to offer while getting to know the magnificent equine creatures you will work with. Your focus will be on working with horses and being a part of the caretaking team. Here are a few possible locations that a volunteer program with horses may take you to:
🤔 How Can I Volunteer at a Horse Sanctuary?
Volunteer projects with horses may vary quite a bit depending on where you volunteer and what the focus of the program is. Some projects are dedicated to helping rescued horses and providing them with a safe space to heal. Other projects are looking for supporters to train horses in a sustainable, safe way. Volunteers interested in alternative healing can join a project devoted to horse therapy. Horse therapy has proven to be an effective way for people or children with special needs to treat their conditions.
🐎 What are my duties at a Horse Sanctuary?
Caretaking activities during a day at the sanctuary, ranch or horse rescue center may involve the following:
- Preparation of feed
- Feeding horses
- Maintenance, repair, and cleaning of paddocks
- Giving care and attention to the horses who have suffered neglect
- Training horses
- Educating others about the treatment of horses
- Help with taming animals
🐎 What are my duties at a Horse Therapy Program?
Horse therapy programs will focus on other tasks. A day at a horse therapy program will most likely include:
- Helping disabled people during horse therapy
- Taking care of the horses
- Helping the therapist during treatment
Although it is possible that you will ride horses, the focus on a day to day basis, during your volunteer experience at a sanctuary, is focused on taking care of the horses and training them in a sustainable manner. There are projects that offer the opportunity to ride horses alongside work on the ranch. Be sure to examine the expectations of the project carefully.
Volunteer with horses and take the opportunity to connect with these therapeutic creatures that have the power to heal and help so many people. Indulge in the calm of your surroundings and help take care and help with the training of horses. We promise you it will be a unique experience. You will reap the benefits of donating your precious time to these animals.
🧐 Who Can Volunteer With Horses?
Each project will have different requirements regarding eligible volunteers. Most important is the length of your stay at the sanctuary or rescue center. Each project will prefer volunteers who are willing to donate more than a couple of weeks of their time. Staying longer will allow you to cultivate a stronger bond with the horses. This will benefit both the volunteers as well as the horses. There are projects that require volunteers to have experience with animals while other programs welcome anyone with the right attitude and a sound work ethic.
👆🏽 What Are the Requirements to Volunteer With Horses?
A project at a sanctuary could be a very useful experience for volunteers studying to become a vet or those who are looking toward specializing with larger animals. A horse therapy project, on the other hand, could be excellent for those studying psychology, alternative therapy or counseling.
Here are a few characteristics that are nice to have if you decide to become a volunteer. It’s not necessary to tick all the boxes of course but it’s a good guideline to take into account if you’re not entirely sure. A volunteer with horses should be/have:
- A team player
- Good work ethic
- Good communication skills
- Physically fit
- Love for horses
- Likes to travel
🤑 Can I Volunteer With Horses for Free?
🎁 5 Benefits of volunteering at a Horse Sanctuary
By volunteering at a horse sanctuary, you will be working with injured horses and helping them to heal. You will support caretaking activities as well as the program to continue their activities in a sustainable manner. But let’s also take a closer look at what will gain from this interesting experience as a volunteer.
Volunteers will learn a lot more about horses in general as well as what it takes to take good care of them. You’ll gain insight in their healing qualities. Dedicating time to taking care of these noble creatures in nature will teach you a lot about yourself, take our word on it.
Besides forging a profound connection with the horses, volunteers will also connect with other like-minded horse lovers who share similar interests. You will work in a team of caretakers with whom you will bond quickly. It’s very likely you will make long-lasting friendships during this meaningful experience.
If you’re an adventurer and love to travel, nothing will stop you from discovering the world. Grasp this chance to explore your surroundings and immerse yourself in nature. Perhaps on horseback!
Volunteering is a brilliant way to expand your perspective of the world. Issues that seemed huge problems before, may seem trivial after your horse sanctuary volunteer experience. Life experiences like this provide valuable baggage that can prove helpful in the future. Volunteer and witness how you become a stronger individual.
Multiple research has demonstrated that volunteering leads to better health and a healthier state of mind. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, function better and suffer less from depression later in life. Volunteer with horses and experience the satisfaction of knowing you are helping man’s best friend. Volunteer abroad and see what it does for your health and happiness!
Volunteering at a horse sanctuary will give you the opportunity to make a difference at the ranch, sanctuary or rescue center but it is guaranteed to make a difference in your life too. Select a program and donate some of your precious time to work with one of man’s best friends. Subject yourself to the calming effects of this noble creature and witness what unfolds once you enter the world of horses.