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What we do:
Find effective methods to train all ages of horses;
Facilitate successful placement of horses in adoptive homes;
Educate individuals in the process of training and placement;
Conduct scientific research into issues pertaining to horse taming and adoption.
You can help us with our ranch chores and projects and learn something about horses along the way. This is not a riding camp
Types of help and learning opportunitiesCharity WorkGardeningAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
You will have the opportunity to experience positive relationships with horses and learn something about training animals by observing animal training. The trainers may invite people to help them.
You will be in an incredible landscape along the old Spanish Trail original route.
You must be vaccinated and boosted. There will be a 5 day quarantine period when you arrive.
Our volunteer program has always been an important element in our operation. As a volunteer, you can be part of the support team to help get the wild horses trained and adopted. The support team maintains the corrals and helps move hay and horses. The support team might clean and cook, fix things, or work on developing projects. Lots of free time to engage with the local landscape or work on your own projects. Street shoes are not going to work out here. You must speak English well enough to follow directions, be safe, and fit into the community (if you can understand our profile in English, you will probably be okay).
We hope to offer room in the bunkhouse with all meals provided. Smoking is not allowed. It's dusty and rustic, but your efforts will make it less so. It's a non-profit animal training center not a resort. You will not be riding horses here.
IT SNOWS HERE. It gets down to -20C at times which is about the same as -20F. This is not a hot desert. We prefer volunteers from cold areas in the winter since we hate to hear people complain about cold or the wind. Hint: don't complain about stuff that can't be changed.
What else ...
Our facility is in the middle of nowhere. We have dark skies and no neighbors. It is an hour's drive to the nearest town.
We make a living training horses and training people, not entertaining volunteers. We expedite departures of anyone creating stress in the training environment.
The nearest public transport is Navajo City, NM.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
No sewage hookups but lots of space.
Can possibly accept pets
Dogs that don't chase goats, donkeys, or horses are okay.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
4 hours/day for 5 days a week
Delicious dinners as well!
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Delicious dinners as well!
Thanks for having us Pat and John!
The first day I was working with the horses by feeding, watering and mucking. The Wild Mustangs were standoffish but by the second day a couple of them were… read more
The work was reasonable and was always followed by a hot cup of tea or a delicious home-cooked meal. The food really is terrific. There was unlimited reading material and I had some really wonderful conversations with both Pat and John.
The accommodations were pretty rustic but… read more
Work really isn’t too hard at all, feeding and mucking in the morning is done in less than 2 hours and another feeding in the… read more
I felt welcome… read more
You have to commit, but if you give your all, you will get so much in return. Patricia is a… read more
Patricia and John are… read more
I can think of few places that touch me as much as this little corner of the world
The previous poster "Melanie" does a good job in covering the things a volunteer should be aware of when volunteering for this posting. The directions are concise but very… read more
The work was not difficult (mostly feeding horses and mucking the pens) and everyone worked together to get the job done. John and Patricia are… read more
The work was often monotonous, and quite… read more