Wild Mustang Rescue Caretaker

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founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
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High­lights

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!
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! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs
 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!

Typical day

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
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.

Your schedule will mostly be as following: 
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 – Sunset Work 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. 

Free-time activities

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!

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
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 (basic level)
Required Documents
CV, Letter of motivation, Application form, Policies and Liability waiver.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Just have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel
  • Placement
    Wild Horse Rescue
  • Airport Pickup
    We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation on the Project site.
  • Accommodation
    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.
  • Meals
    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.
  • Tours
    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.
Airport Pickup at Orlando Executive
We will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation on the Project site.
Accommodation
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.
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
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 the project.
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 Orlando Executive (ORL) in Orlando. We assist you to find cheap flights to United States.
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 United States provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in United States you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United States.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival


2 - 12 weeks (Duration longer than 12 weeks also available. We encourage longer stays, so volunteers can really get to know our horses)
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,795
3 weeks
$2,295
4 weeks
$2,795
6 weeks
$3,895
8 weeks
$4,995
10 weeks
$5,995
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6,995
Average fees
$740 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wild Mustang Rescue Caretaker

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!

$740/week

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