Natural Horsemanship Assistant

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Natural Horsemanship India
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Coordinator | Charlotte
Coordinator | Charlotte

High­lights

Get trained in some of the best natural horsemanship methods under Asia's only certified Monty Roberts instructor
Discover the Marwari, a native Indian horse breed you can't find anywhere else in the world
Go on hacks in the gorgeous countryside
Discover India off the beaten tracks
Learn what it takes to start your own horse business
Spend some time with us and our amazing Marwari horses for a unique opportunity to be trained in natural horsemanship methods in the beautiful Indian countryside. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Manjeev is an officially certified Monty Roberts instructor. He has spent extensive time working with and training horses, including wild mustangs in the US. He also got involved in mental health projects using horses to help war veterans with PTSD and troubled youth, among many others. Charlotte is a Monty Roberts advanced student. She is passionate about helping people bond with horses as well as build leadership and confidence skills through their relationships with horses. 

Our volunteer programs offer the opportunity to learn about horses, their psychology and body language as well as the right way to work and communicate with them. The first part of the program will focus on teaching you the basics of natural horsemanship in theory and giving you the chance to implement it in practice with our horses who are all safe and trained. You will also observe us and how we work with untrained/rescued horses. Once you develop confidence and start to master the techniques you will also get the chance to work with other horses. Most of our methods are groundwork but depending on the volunteer's abilities and confidence we will also go into riding. You will learn about the day to day runnings of a horse business and guest relations. Depending on your riding level you will get the chance to ride, go for hacks in the beautiful surroundings and even learn polo or other equestrian sports. 

We get very involved with our volunteers and want to make sure they have the best time possible, learning as much as they can as well as enjoying all the things we offer to our clients. This is why we don't take more than 2 volunteers at any time to make sure we can give the best quality time. 

You can opt to stay with us. It's a simple apartment in town but you'll have your own attached bathroom. We have 7 rescued dogs as well as 2 rescued cats so you need to be comfortable with animals! They are very friendly and will give you plenty of purr/hug therapy! 

Although we run our program throughout the year, note that the best period is from October to March only as it is very hot in April-May-June and very wet (because of the monsoon) in Jul-Aug-Sept. 

Typical day

The day to day depends on how busy we are with guests and horse training. On some days you will accompany us to see clients at stud farms or other equestrian centres as well as rescue centres where we work to rehabilitate the horses. 

If we stay at our farm, we start in the morning by cleaning the stalls and the horses as well as feeding them. We either do some ground work or riding, with the program depending on the need at the time. 

After lunch is a rest period as we usually get up early. Mid-afternoon we go back to working with horses, do some more riding, possibly go for a hack or do some jumping, dressage etc. We usually use the spare time to do some theory sessions on horse psychology. We end the day by feeding the horses and chilling at the farm, enjoying the starry sky and enjoying farm cooked food. 

If you can go on walks and treks and there are yoga centres should you also want to do that. If you want to take a day off to go visit Delhi, or the Taj Mahal, for example, we can help you organise that too. 

Free-time activities

If you want to go anywhere we can call you a taxi or drop you in town or at the metro stations. There all sorts of activities that you typically find in big cities such as yoga, parks etc. You can also take a day to go and visit the Taj Mahal. 

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV and Cover letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No prior horse knowledge or skills are required but you do need to be an animal lover. You also should not be scared of getting dirty as we are outdoors. In summer, we get up early in the morning (5am) to avoid the heat during the day.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Natural Horsemanship India

We ask a contribution of USD 70/day as we will spend a lot of time teaching you and/or taking you out on rides. We are passionate about what we do and our methods, which is why we always ensure that you get to learn as much as possible. This also means it takes a lot of time out of our usual schedule. We are keen that you get to ride, so by volunteering, you pay a fraction of what it would cost to actually go on rides. Your contribution also helps us finance the charity projects that we do and don't get paid for as well as take care of the rescue horses and dogs we have picked up along the way.  

On top of this, we ask for USD 30/night if you wish to stay with us. This covers your accommodation, all your meals and the fuel as we will drive you around. You have the option of staying elsewhere if you wish, in which case you can deduct USD 30/day from the price mentioned above. 

The fees include a pickup and drop off from New Delhi airport. It includes all your meals on the days you work (if you take a day off to go to town or do something else it's not covered). You will also be given a local sim card with a one-off recharge. Alcohol and restaurant outings are not included. 

Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport

We live approx 30-45 min from Delhi International Airport. We'll wait for you at arrivals and bring you home, we'll also bring you back. If we are not free we will organise a driver with a name card to pick you up or drop you. 

Accommodation

You will stay at home with us. You have your own room and en-suite bathroom. We take our meals together. We live in a safe, guarded enclosed community.  

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We eat mostly vegetarian food at home so we can easily accommodate vegetarians (and of course we don't mind meat eaters). We are happy to try to accommodate other dietary requirements but may need your help to cook the food you need in that case. 

Alcohol, restaurants outings excluded. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

We operate on a rolling basis so you can start whenever it suits you (depending on our availabilities of course). We will pick you up from Delhi airport. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 700
2 weeks
$ 1,300
3 weeks
$ 1,900
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,300
Average fees
$ 638 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Natural Horsemanship India will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Natural Horsemanship India during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Natural Horsemanship Assistant

Spend some time with us and our amazing Marwari horses for a unique opportunity to be trained in natural horsemanship methods in the beautiful Indian countryside.

$638/week

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