Horse Sanctuary Helper

Help with the horses' daily care and training and all aspects of sanctuary life including building, maintenance, fundraising, online marketing, and/or event organisation.

About Us
We are an English-Spanish family, and you are invited to join us and take part in a fusion of at least two languages and cultures. Clare and partner Chico have a wide variety of experience and skills between them. Chico is relatively recently self- and horse-taught, and Clare has worked with horses for over 25 years in racing, showing, teaching, and now natural horsemanship. They have both learnt so much from their herd of horses and love to share their stories. Hopefully you will come and create your own. 

The Sanctuary
Sanctuary owner, Clare, comes from a traditional English riding background. She arrived in Spain in 2010 to work with a free-roaming herd who taught her a completely new way of relating to horses. At the same time, she was deeply moved by the plight of many of the horses and horsemanship practices. She saw horses hobbled, confined in tiny dirty stables all day, every day, and ridden in the extremely harsh serraton bridle. These two extremes represented the very best and worst of horse management and inspired the project. The sanctuary is in its infancy having moved to new premises in February 2016. There is a lot of work to do and your help is important to get this exciting project off the ground.

Our Aim
  • Inspire horse lovers and owners through open days, project partnership programs and workshops
  • Train the sanctuary's horses sympathetically, naturally, barefoot and bitless
  • Promote good horse care by creating an enriched environment for our own herd
  • Raise awareness of the requirements for a happy, healthy, emotionally and physically well-balanced horse.
  • Be in a position to work with owners and their horses to explore and share knowledge of horse behavior and welfare

Sanctuary Helper Program
Volunteering your time is a great way to experience our horses and get a sense of what we’re trying to achieve within the sanctuary. We are always looking for helping hands whether with general maintenance and within our Paddock Enhancement project, horse husbandry or helping us keep our horses fit and active through regular riding - there shall be something you can bring your skills to. You could choose to focus on one specific area or try your hand at different things. 

Want to learn more about Natural Horsemanship or expand your Spanish skills? Have a look at our Horse Sanctuary Student Program!

As well as the options above, we have one space for a mother's help. Our daughter was born in May 2015, and we bring her up naturally and inline with her continuum as far as possible (google Continuum Concept for more info). We are looking for  someone who would like to gain experience in this form of childcare, working alongside nature and becoming part of our animal loving family. 

A basic knowledge of the Spanish language is a plus but not mandatory. 

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

First thing in the morning we either take the car or take a pretty 15 minute walk with the dogs from the village to the horses. You can either breakfast early before we leave, or take a break during work for a picnic breakfast. We are flexible! Usually when walking, on our approach we will here the horses calling for their breakfast as they here us arriving.

First we must feed Dana the pig before she ransacks the horses' buckets, then after feeding the horses and doing the usual day-to-day chores such as waters and poo-picking we will then start working with the horses. There is grooming, hoof care, exercising, training, gardening and farm maintenance - depending on where you choose to spend your time.

We then go home for lunch and a siesta, or stay and have a picnic. We have a  similar routine on the afternoon, and if you are having classes or trail riding then this will fit into either the morning or the afternoon session which we shall discuss when you arrive. Sometimes we have riding customers and our day is then dictated by this - preparing the horses in time and looking after the customers and horses before, during and after the ride.  

On the evening at home we can rest, use the internet, socialize, go to the bar, listen to music, cook.... Everyone is expected to take part in home life in one way or another.

Spring and autumn are generally the most pleasant months to work in, but if you are visiting during the summer months be aware that temperatures can reach 45 degrees, and work needs to be started early at day-break (or before) and continued in the evening. We fit into the Spanish way of life by taking siestas and eating late into the night.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
14 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Other Skills
You are not require to have previous experience with horses or farm work, but you will need a hard working attitude.

We are flexible and do like to make this opportunity available for everyone as we enjoy seeing people learn and develop. If you are an experienced horse person, then you will already know that you can never finish learning and that the horse is the best teacher of which we have plenty.

If you are under 16 then we can accept you with permission from a legal guardian.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Spain? Volunteer World directly connects you with Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary

Horse Sanctuary Helper Bit-less and barefoot... both horse and rider! Curious Horse Early Morning Mist Blue skye white horse Hoof Rehabilitation All of our horses are barefoot Ridingout Talking with the babies Barefoot learning Eagle-spotting Evening View Nina and her family free on the mountain Dusk Ride The important younger generation Working with Kira Perla preparing for the ride With a trail of little dogs... Clare and Chocolate Just Chillin' Picnics with our pig Dana

Free-time activities

Enjoying the local area -
Your stay here will provide you with memories and skills you will never forget! As well as those featuring the horses, there are festivals and parties that take place in all the villages. The big water fight in Atajate is in August; there is a German beer festival in Jimera de Libar in October and mushroom festivals in November. In summer there are music and horse festivals, foam parties and more! The beautiful local ‘white villages' vary from 2000 inhabitants down to a population of less than 200 and are well worth a visit.
As well as the villages, there are towns to visit. Ronda is around 25km away and is on a main coast to city train route. It boasts a spectacular viaduct as well as many other historic sites and a variety of shops. After exploring these, the huge variety of cafes and bars will offer welcome refreshment.


If, however you prefer a break from civilisation then you will be in your element. The surrounding mountains, forests and river are beautiful, peaceful and watched over by soaring eagles. Close by there are natural sites to visit such as the Canyon of the Vultures. There are guided walks to vast caves with ancient cave paintings. A Palo-Christiano church is tucked away off the beaten track and an Arab tower is hidden in the countryside with not a tourist in sight.


The beach is approximately 1½ hours’ drive away, trips can be arranged at an extra cost on your days off, including beach and activity trips; visiting cities including Malaga and Sevilla; or special out of hours horse rides or camping trips. If these are taken as one of your tuition sessions in the Working Student Program, then you will just have to cover additional costs such as fuel or transport, entries and eating out (picnics at no extra cost).

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
Fees cover accommodation; food and all training. If you are able to book classes which act as a donation towards the herd, or make a donation then this will help our project succeed and move faster.
For an extra 50€ we can collect from Malaga or Gibraltar airport. Alternatively you can get a bus or train from the airport to Ronda or Jimera de Libar where we shall collect you free of charge.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Accommodation

Your fees cover food and accommodation. You will eat with ourselves and sleep in a homestay in the village of Atajate which is a pretty 15 minute dog-walk from the equine sanctuary. Alternatively it is possible to book self-contained accommodation at extra cost.

Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Camping
Food & Beverages

Healthy vegetarian meals, 3 per day. Sometimes there maybe the options of meat. It is possible to eat out, but this will be at your own expense.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
1 week (min. stay)
$200
2 weeks
$385
3 weeks
$569
4 weeks
$754
9 weeks
$1678
17 weeks
$3155
50 weeks (max. stay)
$9250

You can volunteer at the project site in Atajate/Spain between 1 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$193/week
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Atajate, 29494 Atajate, Spain