Come help horses! At this time, we are accepting volunteers. We can accept volunteers who can help feed, care for our horses, and will help with the daily maintenance of running a horse ranch.
We prefer if you have cared for horses in the past, but it is not a must. If you know how to ride, that's a plus because you can ride with the trainer and learn from her, in your free time.
We also appreciate volunteers who can help with ranch maintenance.
We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about rescuing, caring for, and rehabilitating horses! *THIS SENTENCE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SENTENCE IN THIS PROFILE! We need horse lovers who are passionate about horses! Not just petting them and riding them, it is not a horse riding vacation. We rescue Arabian horses and that is a lot of work. Also, we are in the desert, not on the beach or near the ocean. It gets hot here in the summer, we have wind, sand and dust. In the winter it actually gets cold here, below freezing and we do have snow.
So, if you are still reading .... We are the largest Arabian horse rescue in the United States, come make a difference! We always need help in caring for our horses. We are an all volunteer organization. We rehabilitated and trained over 100 Arabian horses in 2021 and found permanent homes for 86 horses. Love this Horse has a relatively small budget and we are proud of the fact that we do as much as we do, with a complete focus on the horses. So, if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and help us in our mission, let us know!
Of course we would love to have knowledgable horse people come to volunteer and stay with us, but if you do not have horse experience, it is okay because we will teach you.
We need help in the daily feeding and watering of the horses, cleaning of horses and stalls, and ranch maintenance. We strive to becoming a carbon neutral organization. We have solar panels, we recycle water, and we compost. We also need help with people who are handy with tools who can build things because we are always working on improving stalls, fences, shelters, etc. (Please see below for a more detailed description.)
We also have several rescue dogs that we rehabilitate and find permanent family homes for. If you have a love for dogs, that will be very appreciated.
We have two camping trailers, one RV and a bunk house to house our volunteers. You may have to share with another volunteer (of the same gender), there are two beds. We treat our volunteers and guests as family. We provide breakfast food and one meal per day. We ask our volunteers to provide their own snacks, sodas, and specialty foods, etc. We rotate cooking responsibility amongst us with our volunteers. We ask our volunteers to respect that we have volunteers using our kitchen in the main house, in addition to the cowboy kitchen that we have set up separately.
Equine Caretaker Volunteers are responsible for equine care and assist in ranch operations. Ranch operations include the equine care and safety of up to 95 equines housed in numerous stalls and paddocks on a 100-acre ranch.
1. Executes equine feeding. Feeds the herd their breakfast and dinner (up to) 7 days a week.
2. Responsible for making sure every equine has clean and plentiful water supply at all times.
3. Responsible for checking for possible injury/illness of every equine at each feeding, reports equine health issues to Rescue Director, treats minor wounds as needed.
4. Reports all facility-related concerns to Rescue Director.
5. Responsible for pasture/paddock turn out/turn in on specific days.
6. Cleans stalls/paddocks.
7. Help maintain a clean rescue facility.
1. As a member of the equine team, work together with other volunteers and trainers, to ensure that all equines at Love this Horse receive the best possible care.
2. Handle all equines housed at Love this Horse, ride equines as needed in specific situations.
3. Assist Rescue Trainer in haltering and bringing horses to be trained, grooming and tacking up horses to get them ready for training sessions.
4. Perform other related duties as requested by Rescue Director or Rescue Trainer.
5. Hold horses while the farrier or veterinarian works on the horse.
1. Collaboration skills
2. Communication proficiency
3. Decision making
5. Equine behavior
6. General Equine management
7. Problem solving/Analysis
8. Time Management
9. Stamina/Physical strength
10. Leadership skills
While volunteering at the Rescue, you may be exposed to airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and unpredictable equine behaviors. You may also be exposed to a variety of weather conditions on facility grounds to include wind, rain, hail, snow, and high heat index.
While volunteering you may regularly be required to talk and hear. The volunteer position is also very physically active and requires the following:
1. Standing (holding horses for farrier/vet, etc.)
2. Walking (horses back & forth between barns, arenas, pastures & turn out, etc.)
3. Jogging (horses for lameness evaluation, etc.)
4. Bending/kneeling/stooping/crouching (cleaning hooves, cleaning & filling waterers/troughs, equine veterinary care of feet/legs/abdomen, changing or fixing a tire on ranch equipment, etc.)
5. Pushing & pulling (full wheelbarrows, much carts, stall open/closed, etc.)
6. Lifting (able to frequently lift or move items over 50 pounds for items such as hay bales, muck buckets, bags of feed, saddles, shavings, etc.)
7. Climbing (onto ranch equipment such as the back of a pickup truck, tractor, ATV, on ladders, over fences, etc.) – with strong balance to handle these duties safely.
8. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception & ability to adjust focus.
9. Use of hands and fingers is required for shoveling, carrying equipment & tack, opening/closing latches & gates, administering medications, feeding, buckling/unbuckling halters, etc.
10. Depending on level of equine experience, riding may be required, which would entail climbing (into saddle, etc.), lifting (saddle onto horse, etc.), balance to ride appropriately & safely, and use of hands (to operate buckles on tack, etc.)
Preferred Education & Experience:
Experience operating a tractor, utility vehicle, power tools & current government issued driver’s license is desirable, but not necessary.
Love this Horse provides equal volunteer opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
Please note this volunteer description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of volunteers. Duties, responsibilities & activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Aide avec des éco-projets
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
We are a multinational family and speak English, German and Spanish. We are located close enough to the train station to where any visitor can also get away and explore the Los Angeles area.
We have quite a few people come to learn more about and spend time with horses. It is wonderful to see a rider improve, or have a chance to try a discipline they have never attempted before. We also have many non-horse people come, those who want to just be around animals, or be out in nature enjoying it and working hard.
Culturally we are an international family, mom is from originally from Germany, her adopted children are from Haiti and West Africa. Our trainers are of Mexican decent and also Holland. We enjoy learning about how things are done other places and sharing our ways with others. We love to re-purpose things and appreciate learning new ways to make the most of what we have.
We are a nonprofit Arabian horse rescue located in Southern California, about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles. We always need help caring for our horses. We focus on rehabilitation, training, with the ultimate goal of finding permanent homes for our horses. Horse experience is welcome, but we will teach you the basics of horse care. Our guests are part of the family. We live on 100 acres in a rural setting. It is very peaceful.
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Three campers, one RV, one bunk house. Depending on the number of volunteers at the rescue, you will have to share a camper, RV or the bunk house with one other volunteer (same gender). Family type meals, that are prepared together or by taking turns in our cowboy kitchen. Dedicated volunteer bathroom in the main house. Vegetarian, gluten, dairy free options. Wifi, internet access. Our rescue is a real working equine ranch in the desert.
There are many local sight seeing options available because we are 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beaches, Mountains! We are also close enough to the train, we are happy to drive our guests to the station.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
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Plus de 2
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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