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Equine Volunteering, Mpumalanga, South Africa

from R375.00

This project is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lowveld on the Drakensberg Escarpment, offering a scenic adventure. The project runs for a minimum of one week and maximum of 8 weeks.
Volunteers must have horse riding experience….other basic skills and project responsibilities are taught to volunteers during their stay.

It is essential that volunteers are between 18-55 years of age, physically fit and of a weight below 90kg.

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      Volunteer Research, Wildlife
    • Activity Level Challenging
      5/8
    • Group Size Small Group
      4
    All about the Equine Volunteering, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

    Volunteer Duties

    VOLUNTEER DUTIES:

    1. Care of the horses starts at 7/am and finishes when all is done. You will be driven to work at 6h45 with the work vehicle or you can walk to the stables for 07h00.
    1. Feed Stallions (and other paddock horses) twice a day: 7h00 and 15h30
    2. Fill up hay nets twice a day
    1. Pick up horse droppings in and around paddocks daily. Pick up droppings in the stables and lunging arena. Big paddock and smaller paddocks. Dump into compost heap.
    2. Check the Horses drinking water twice a day at feeding times. When there is horse in the big paddock, check water constantly and fill up.
    3. Check horses over for injuries etc.
    4. Tick spray all horses every Friday or when required.
    5. Dry and refold numnahs after every ride. Numnahs should be put away at the end of the day.
    6. Clean bits (don’t leave bridles lying in water) and hang bridles neatly.
    7. Tack room must be neat and tidy at all times. Clean out tack room, feed room and outside area with water and broom daily.
    8. Clean grooming equipment daily.
    9. Please don’t put anything on the ground (no crops, helmets, brushes, blankets etc.)
    10. When finished with grooming equipment please put it back on grooming shelf.
    11. Halters must be hanged up neatly.
    12. No saddles or bridles, equipment to be left outside. Saddles go from Tack room to horses back, and from horse back to tack room.
    13. Halters must be hanged up neatly.
    14. On weekends please make sure all bathrooms are clean(check for toilet paper ect)
    15. Bar area must be kept cleaned (cups, plates, glasses etc must be taken to wash up area and washed)

    At home Volunteers are expected

    • To assist with cooking
    • Washing of dishes and pots, kitchen to be left spotless. Leftover food must be put in containers into the fridge
    • Tidiness of volunteer flat and main house
    • Do their own laundry
    • Prepare own breakfast and lunch
    • Dinners are prepared as a team in the main house 

    WHEN WE HAVE RIDES: 

    • Have horses groomed and saddled at least 15min before guests are due to arrive (45min before scheduled ride).
    •  Please wear your helmet for your own safety (compulsory)
    • One or more students normally stay behind and continues with the above duties.
    • One or more students to accompany Lead guide on outrides. (Lead guide will decide).
    • Last back up through gate to close after him / her.
    • All students to help guests mount and dismount and help tether the horses.
    • Put halters around necks. Only when all horses are safely attached start unsaddling. 

    On the ride WITH GUESTS:

    • Keep (beginners) horses moving and the group together.
    • Keep all horses in single file (incl. yourself!).
    • Give riding advice (heels down, squeeze legs, long reins, how to trot etc).
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Maximum 4 Volunteers
    • 2 bedroom flat, sharing
    • Shower, basin and toilet
    • Basic kitchenette
    • 3 Meals per day and cooking take place in the main house
    • Laundry facility available
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airfare,
    • visas,
    • travel insurance and medical costs,
    • bar accounts,
    • Transfers from Nelspruit,
    • Items of a personal Nature,
    • Optional excursions
    1. Day1 Daily Routine

      The daily rhythm can include any of the following:
      • General equine husbandry
      • Lessons in saddles and bridles
      • Horseback riding
      • Traction work with Horses
      • Clearing of Trails
      • Counteracting alien vegetation
      • Daily duties (as per list) i.e.: feeding, caring for in house horses and chicken project, cleaning and maintenance of stable facilities
      • Vegetable project for community Kids
      • Horse preparation for rides
      • Volunteers must be enthusiastic and be prepared to work hard and be part of the Team
      • Home stay assistance in cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.