Wild Horse Rescue
Take this exciting opportunity to care for rescued wild Mustang horses! The wild Mustang horse often called the Spirit of the West is in need of your help! Volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks up to a maximum of 12 weeks (Please note that we do not have a maximum number of weeks – we encourage longer stays, so volunteers can really get to know our horses.12 weeks is usually the longest time a volunteer usually stays for) at this great project in Florida! Care for the horses, clean their stables, feed them, wash them, socialize with them and go for horse trail rides! Travel to Florida's east coast to a ranch locked between forests, lagoons and the ocean with its beautiful beaches!
Mustangs were introduced to the US as domestic horses in the early 1500’s by the Spaniards. These horses later formed a large wild population and came to play a critical role in the building of America. The United States is virtually built on their backs. Now, when they are not needed for labor and transport anymore, they are sadly being mistreated and exploited at the hands of man. In the early 1900’s, the wild mustang population was estimated to be over 2 million. Today, there are only 40,000 left in the wild and about as many in captivity in need of rescue. Caring for a wild horse is drastically different than caring for a tame one, sadly, this is often leads to mistreatment and neglect of wild Mustangs in captivity.
If this speaks to you then Venture to beautiful Florida and help with the day to day activities and rescue and rehabilitate Wil Mustang Horses! This project is in need of your help all year round! This project is located between ranchland, forests, lagoons, wetlands and the Ocean a recipe for amazing trail rides! The work with the wild horses is by no means an’ easy holiday option’ and you will be involved in animal care, food preparation, cleaning, maintenance and educating the public!
This Is Why
- Help at Wild horse rescue and care center and get involved with these amazing & beautiful creatures!
- Learn and assist with the care and habits of wild horses!
- Educate the public and help with events.
- Assist with training Wild horses to help them prepare for a second chance in life and not forgetting, go Horse riding over beautiful Trails in Florida's country side!
- Key Start Dates
All Year Round (Please keep in mind that volunteer visit dates begin and end on Mondays)
- Volunteer duration
2 - 12 weeks (Duration longer than 12 weeks also available. We encourage longer stays, so volunteers can really get to know our horses)
- Package Price
2 week 1595 US$
4 weeks 2495 US$
6 weeks 3295 US$
8 weeks 4195 US$
- Average Work hours
Two work shifts (one morning, one afternoon) each shift being 4-5 hours long. Breaks are 2 hours’ midday in the winter and 3 hours’ midday during the summer. Each weekend the group is split with 1/2 days off on the weekends.
Please adjust the work shift hours to the following:Work Shifts for September – May:Morning shift: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Break from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM) Afternoon shift: 2:00 PM – SunsetWork shifts for June, July, and August (Hours are adjusted during the warm summer months)
Morning shift: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Break from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) Afternoon shift: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
- Number of Volunteers
- Volunteer accommodation
- Housing Type
3 bedrooms 3 bath house or an adjacent cabin with detached bathroom and shower. In the house, each bedroom rooms up to 4 volunteers (co-ed, bunk beds, dorm style). The cabin houses up to four volunteers with two beds and two lofts. (Please refer to the ‘Pics & Vids’ option to see some photos) The lofts are used for short-term volunteers. The house includes several communal areas, which are available to all volunteers, which include dining rooms, living room, pool deck, fire pit, carport, outdoor screened pool, modern kitchen, and laundry facilities. We ask each volunteer to keep their own personal items neat and tidy and be willing to help keep the common areas clean and clear of unnecessary items.
- Internet Access
Yes, however you will need to bring your laptop
- Who Are They Looking For?
Love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning as this is one of the main chores, must be initiative, kind, good sense of humor, must be prepared for hard work and any previous experience with animal teaching/training would be a great asset. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.
Fast Facts: USA
Where? North America, USA
Country Size: 9,826,675 km2
3,794,101 sq mi
Population density? 33.7/km2
Country Famous for? Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, Old West, Rocky Mountains, Hamburgers & Hotdogs, Everglades, Alligators, Hawaii, Vulcano's, New York, Statue of Liberty, Las Vegas, Hollywood
When to visit: All year round, many activities all year round with great mixture culture and nature!
- What's Included
Wild Horse Rescue
- Airport Pickup
We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation on the Project site.
Volunteers live in Shared accommodation in a ranch house or cabin on the project site each with its own bathroom that you share with other volunteers. There is also a kitchen, common living area, and a laundry room with a washer and dryer available to all volunteers in the house. Things like plates, glasses, pots and pans, bedding, bath towels, etc. are all provided so you will not need to bring anything of that nature.
The project tries to accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Volunteers are advised to notify us of such restrictions for meal and grocery planning. Volunteers are able to go to the stores and purchase items themselves (label and cabinets are available to them).
- Horse Riding
Dependent on riding assessment, length of stay and other activities planned during the week. Efforts will be made for riding, however, the program is designed to house, clean, care and rehabilitate the horses for permanent placement.
- Ongoing service
If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in the USA after you have finished your volunteer project.
- 24/7 Emergency contact
If there are any problems during you stay in the USA you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.
What's not included: Flights, Insurance
02 Weeks: $1595.00 US
04 Weeks: $2495.00 US
06 Weeks: $3295.00 US
08 Weeks: $4195.00 US
The purpose and goals of the project is to provide a temporary and in some cases permanent sanctuary for Wild Mustang horses that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, confiscated or previously owned by people unwilling or unable to provide for these magnificent beings. Additionally, The project also strives to create greater awareness and understanding of the wild Mustang. They offer mentoring classes for Mustang owners; hold workshops on care and gentling of Mustangs; give educational seminars on Mustangs in American History, and bring Mustangs to wildlife festivals and other community events. Your main tasks will mainly consist out of the following but are not limited to:
- Stable cleaning
- Care for the animals (Mustangs and also the dogs and pigs) which includes; grooming, bathing, cleaning, bonding and nurturing.
- Animal Health Care
- Educating the Public
- Food prep
- Diet and water changing
- Trail Rides
- Building and Maintenance of enclosures
- The Cause
When we rescue horses from abusive and neglectful environments, they are often at the brink of death. The goal is to nurse them back to health, tame and train them so they have a chance at being adopted in to a loving home. The majority of them can indeed be tamed, trained and adopted – others cannot. The horses that cannot be tamed are known to be “wild at heart” and the project “will never force them to work with them and be tame if they don’t want to”. These wild horses live out their days at the center because their chances of being adopted are minimal.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
- 18 years of age or older.
- Volunteers must commit for 2 weeks or more
- Dedication to the work, purpose, mission, and philosophy of the organization.
- Willingness and ability to keep your commitments; to be focused and paying attention to the animals at all times; to use common sense and thinking ability; to demonstrate initiative and yet be willing to ask questions when appropriate; to work independently with minimal supervision or direction; to demonstrate good decision-making skills; to put the animals first.
- No animal allergies
- No smoking
- Volunteer Benefits
- The opportunity to volunteer with and learn about many Wild Mustang Horses
- The opportunity to volunteer with a great team of staff and other volunteers
- The opportunity to explore beautiful Florida on Horseback!
- Fast Facts
- Project location
- Area Famous For
Everglades, Orlanda, Disney World, Alligators, Miami, Beaches, snorkeling, swimming
- When to visit
Great weather all year round however winters can be quite mild!
- Wildlife viewing
Good opportunities to see desert wildlife species like Alligators, deer, Black Bears, Snakes, many kinds of birds and Coyotes.
- Project location
- Itinerary & Details
Day 1 - Arrive in Orlando, Florida;
You will arrive in Florida where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation at the project.
For 2 - 12 weeks or more – Care for Wild Mustang Horses, help run the center and educate the public!
For the coming weeks you will have a great time working with wild Mustang Horses, educating the public and helping with other day to day activities.
Your last day - You will be transfered back to the airport to take a flight back home. Of course it is possible to extend your stay in and travel around; we can help you with trips and/or accommodation you would like to arrange.
Volunteers live in Shared accommodation in a ranch house or cabin on the project site each with its own bathroom that you share with other volunteers. There is also a kitchen, common living area, and a laundry room with a washer and dryer. Things like plates, glasses, pots and pans, bedding, bath towels, etc. are all provided so you will not need to bring anything of that nature. All volunteers rotate household cleaning chores, and we have a volunteer coordinator assigned to manage housekeeping (bed, laundry) and new volunteer orientations.
Things to bring from home
- Clothing to bring: Walking shoes, trainers, or sneakers (You must bring shoes that cover the feet fully.), Mud boots and riding boots, if you have them. (Volunteers may borrow from our collection of boots; however, we cannot guarantee the sizes or condition of the boots that we will have available.), Sandals or flip flops, A hat to protect you from the sun, T-shirts, tank tops, long sleeved shirts, shorts, long pants, beachwear, and sleepwear, Jacket, rain coat, and warm coat (in the winter) and Working gloves (like gardening gloves).
- Personal things to bring: Backpack / rucksack (for excursions), Toiletries, Cell phone/charger, Travel size laundry detergent (Washer/Dryer is provided.), Small medical kit, Sunscreen/Mosquito repellent and Antibacterial hand sanitizer (does not need water to rinse off).
- Linen and towels will be provided.
Three meals a day included during your entire stay. The project tries to accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Volunteers are advised to notify us of such restrictions for meal and grocery planning. Volunteers can go to the stores and purchase items themselves (label and cabinets are available to them). All volunteers are expected to assist with meal preparation and kitchen cleanup on a rotating basis. Food supplies, recipes, and preparation instructions will be provided by WHRC president, Diane.
The project is located near the east coast of Florida locked between forests, lagoons and the Ocean with incredible sand beaches! There are many opportunities to ride horse, go wildlife watching or visit the beach and Disney World!