Horse Rehabilitation in South Africa
from £599 GBP
Horse Rehabilitation in South Africa
Duration: from 1 Weeks to 12 Weeks
Countries: South Africa£75 discount for volunteers who combine more than one PoD project! Work hands on with over 40 horses, no previous experience required. Enjoy riding along the Indian Ocean coast whilst watching whales and dolphins!
An exciting opportunity to work hands on with horses on the South African coast. The project is designed to care for previously abused or neglected horses. As well as the rehabilitation side of the project, you will also have the opportunity to help out with beach and bush horse trails.
You will get to enjoy the Indian Ocean, the beaches, the dolphins, the dunes and of course the horses!
The project allows you to work closely with the horses on a daily basis. You do not need to be a very experienced rider; having the basics of walk, trot and canter are a bonus. The project accommodates all levels of riding experience and will tailor your activities accordingly.
While at the project you will benefit from your experience and can use it for your future in the equestrian world, or you can just put it down to a great life experience!
Although each day varies, the routine is based on:
7am: Morning duties include food preparation and feeding of the rehabilitation horses, checking water and the physical condition of the horses. Volunteers then choose between riding on a beach trail and assisting with the preparations for that, or working in the rehabilitation centre with assigned horses. This work could include dipping, grooming or working with individually allocated horses.
2pm-3.30pm: Grooming and attending to the rehabilitation horses.
3.30pm-5pm: Food preparation and feeding of all horses on the farm and at the beach. Checking water and visual checks of the horses.
Please be aware that although there is a daily routine in place, this could all change, for example due to bad weather conditions, in such a case, volunteers will be involved in tack cleaning whilst watching a DVD!
By volunteering with us, you will be helping to care for and giving some much needed TLC to horses that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past. Your time with the horses will be improving their quality of life.
Volunteers who are staying for at least 4 weeks and who have sufficient experience will also be given the opportunity to dedicate some of their time to working with a young, inexperienced horse which provides the chance to make vast improvements. Volunteers who are staying for less than 4 weeks will not have enough time to do that; however there are still lots of interesting projects and horses waiting for you!
With over 40 horses to care for, volunteers’ hard work really helps to lessen the load and consequently, their help is invaluable. Your fee is also an important source of funding for the project, so that the work can continue.
£75 discount for volunteers who combine more than one PoD project!
All the time
This placement would suit:
Anyone who wants to work with horses
Do you accept non UK citizens?
Do you accept applicants with disabilities?
“I had the most amazing time; it was better than I could of ever imagined. The most welcoming family who made me feel at home as soon as I walked through the door. All the animals are gorgeous, I wanted to take nearly all of them home. The location is beautiful and the beach is the most amazing beach I’ve ever seen. I absolutely loved riding across the beach and through the waves on wonderful horses with some of the best personalities. I would recommend this project to everyone who has a love for animals”
accommodation, food, airport pickup
PoD is a leading non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world. We work with long term projects that we know personally and where there is genuine benefit to local communities. Whether it is for 1 week or 6 months, volunteers are needed to help work with disadvantaged children, communities, animals and conservation projects in Belize, Cambodia, Ghana, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.