Have a passion for horses?
Then don’t let your energy go to waste: turn your passion into positive action by volunteering abroad with horses.
Volunteering with horses is increasingly popular for a number of reasons. Some people are motivated to help wild horses who face issues across the world, from the American West to Mongolia. Others are interested in the potential of hippotherapy to treat physical disabilities and improve mental and emotional health. And many simply love horses and want to go on a ride in a new place.
So, do you want to volunteer or intern abroad with horses? Let this article serve as your guide for deciding what to do and where to go, as well as knowing what organizations offer reputable programs.
What You Can Do And Where You Can Go
Volunteer opportunities with horses are available throughout the world, from North America to Africa to Asia. Different programs have different focuses. Common ways to volunteer abroad with horses include:
Horse rescue and rehabilitation: Care for domesticated horses that have been rescued from slaughter or abusive situations. For instance, you can head to the Rocky Mountains and volunteer at a horse rescue center in Alberta, Canada. Or you could travel to the Andes Mountains and volunteer at horse sanctuary in Peru through Globalteer.
Mustang care/Wild horse care: Lots of programs work to rehabilitate injured wild horses and rescue them from captivity, like this mustang care project in Florida.
Hippotherapy: The use of equine movement as a treatment tool within occupational therapy and physical therapy has been proven effective. If you want to be a hippotherapy volunteer, you have many options, such as this equine therapy program in Quito, Ecuador(offered by A Broader View). The Children’s Autism and Horse Therapy Ranch in Mississippialso runs a wonderful volunteer program.
Wildlife research and conservation: For wildlife researchers, park management workers, and others, horses are important partners. For instance, this horse management internship in Zimbabwe involves riding horses to monitor lions.