Horse Rescue Ranch
Ready to become a volunteer and work towards a worthwhile cause? Then how about joining us now and take up this amazing opportunity to venture to the beautiful state of Idaho and care for orphaned, sick, injured and neglected horses!
Founded in the year 1975, our rescue center classifies as one of the oldest horse rescues in the nation, finding homes for over 2500 horses and having cared for over 4000! The main objective of the project is to provide care, love and rehabilitation for abandoned, malnourished, neglected and abused horses while raising awareness to the public regarding the issues surrounding rescues and rehabilitation including all aspects of horse ownership and care as well. After these horses recuperate to the former stronger selves, they then play a huge role in the community which is the project’s second objective. They work along with veterans, special needs children, the YMCA, Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and many others to provide education and understanding about, not only our horses, but all horses in general.
These magnificent creatures are in deep need of your help! Volunteer now for a minimum duration of 4 weeks and care for the horses! Though you have lots of spare time to engage in fun activities such as horse riding, it is important to remember that you are here to help wherever assistance is needed! The work with the horses may not be hard but it isn’t easy as well and should not be considered an ‘easy holiday option’. You will be involved in animal care, food preparation, cleaning, maintenance and educating the public.
Apart from the horse rescue center, the founder also partners with another wildlife rehab facility that’s close by and as a bonus, volunteers will also be able to help out from time to time. At the facility, you’ll not only be working with horses but with a wide range of other wildlife such as; raccoons, deer, geese, birds, etc!
This Is Why
- Assist the Horse Rescue Ranch to care, nourish, love and rehabilitate horses!
- Expand your knowledge on horse abd go on horse rides!
- Raise awareness to the public.
- An opportunity to help at a nearby Wildlife Rehab Facility!
- Key Start Dates
All Year Round
- Volunteer duration
4 - 10 weeks (Longer durations available upon request)
- Package Price
4 week 995 US$
6 weeks 1095 US$
8 weeks 1195 US$
10 weeks 1295 US$
- Average Work hours
Very flexible and up to the volunteer. It is important to keep in mind that you are on a ranch with many horses and other animals and they all need to be fed and cared for on daily basis. However, there will be plenty free time to undertake activities. For example; when it is hot your shifts could start as early as 5 AM in the morning. Then you will have the entire afternoon off! More work may be done after 5 pm. In general, you will be volunteering 5 days a week, 40 hours per week. However even on your off days you still might have to help as the animals still need to be cared for.
- Number of Volunteers
- Volunteer accommodation
- Housing Type
Accommodation in shared rooms in an apartment on the project site.
- Internet Access
Yes, but access is limited.
- Who Are They Looking For?
Love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. You should not be fussy, picky or hypersensitive about cleaning as this is one of the main chores. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential. In general, persons who are passionate about horses and other animals!
Fast Facts: USA
Where? Idaho, USA
Country Size: 9,826,675 km2
3,794,101 sq mi
Population density? 33.7/km2
Country Famous for? Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, Old West, Rocky Mountains, Hamburgers & Hotdogs, Everglades, Alligators, Hawaii, Vulcano's, New York, Statue of Liberty, Las Vegas, Hollywood
When to visit: All year round, many activities all year round with great mixture culture and nature!
- What's Included
Horse Rescue Ranch
- Airport Pickup
Volunteers will need to fly to Pullman / Moscow Regional Airport (PUW). On your arrival, someone from the project will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation on the project site.
Volunteers will be accommodated in shared rooms in an apartment on the ranch.
Meals aren’t provided however; a car will be provided for the volunteer’s usage or someone from the project will take you to do grocery shopping.
- Horse Riding
Volunteers will be granted permission to go on horse rides only after they have stayed at the ranch for a few weeks. Even for experienced riders, some time is needed to get comfortable with the horses first before riding them.
- 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.
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 Idaho you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.
What's not included: Flights, Insurance and Meals
04 Weeks: $995.00 US
06 Weeks: $1095.00 US
08 Weeks: $1195.00 US
10 Weeks: $1295.00 US
Volunteers play a key role in assisting the project with its objectives and as such, your main tasks will mainly consist out of the following but are not limited to:
- Taking care of the horse
- Maintenance of the property
- Gear repair
- Washing gear
- Repairing and building fences
- Brushing the horse
- Caring for sick injured horses
- Cleaning stables
- Tasks & Duties
As a volunteer at the project you will need to be able to work in the outdoor and be willing to learn how to handle the animals. Animal care would include food preparation, cage cleaning, habitat and tank construction or maintenance, cleaning of the hospital, feeding, medical restraint, and other medical responsibilities as appropriate to the skills learned by the intern.
- Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
- Driver’s license (optional).
- 18 years of age or older
- Health insurance and Tetanus vaccination (recommended).
- Intermediate language level required or higher.
- No smoking and No animal allergies
- Being flexible.
- Volunteer Benefits
- The opportunity to volunteer with and learn about Horses.
- The opportunity to volunteer with a talented team of staff and other volunteers.
- The opportunity to experience the beauty of Horse Riding!
- Fast Facts
- Project location
- Area Famous For
The Dworshak Reservoir, Old Mission State Park, Idaho’s Hells Canyon, Twin falls, Gem stones,
- When to visit
Great weather all year round however winters can be quite mild!
- Wildlife viewing
Good opportunities to see a wide variety of Wildlife such as deer, Black Bears, Snakes, many kinds of birds, Coyotes, etc.
- Project location
- Itinerary & Details
Day 1 - Arrive in the Idaho, USA;
You will need to fly to Pullman / Moscow Regional Airport. Upon your arrival, you will be met by someone from the project. You’ll then be transferred to your accommodation on the project site.
For 4-10 weeks – Care for Wild orphaned, sick and injured Horses! Also, assist in educating the public!
For the coming weeks you will have a wonderful time working with a wide range of Horses, educating the public and providing assistance at a nearby wildlife rehab facility!
Your last day - you will be transferred back to the airport to take a flight back home. Of course it is possible to extend your stay in and travel around; we can help you with trips and/or accommodation.
Volunteers will be living in shared rooms in an apartment on site of the ranch. There is also a kitchen and living area. Laundry services will be provided. Wireless internet and transportation will be provided as well. Things like plates, glasses, pots and pans, bedding, bath towels, etc. will be present at the guest house so you will not need to bring anything of that nature.
Things to bring from home
- Clothes for mild temperatures as well as for summer for warm temperatures. Make sure that these clothes are allowed to get dirty. Jeans and long sleeves are most suitable for working and a comfortable working shoes/boot.
- Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and you should also pack a raincoat and some sun block. Riding gear provided.
- Linen and towels will be provided.
Meals aren’t included however, transportation will be provided to do grocery shopping. Volunteers will then prepare their own meals. It is important to clean up the kitchen area after usages always.
The project is based in a semi remote location in Viola, Idaho which is about 15 minutes away from the city of Moscow and a 2 hours’ drive away from The Old Mission State Park.
I had a really great time at the Horse Rescue Project and I definitely enjoyed staying there!
I stayed at the project for three months as a volunteer and I had a wonderful time there. Horse Rescue Ranch is a perfect place for horses in need. Brent, the caretaker, takes in horses that nobody else wants and he does a wonderful job of providing love and care for the horses. He knows each of them by name and personality and that’s over 80 horses at the moment! Most of them are living in a big herd and it is beautiful to see them all out on the pasture.
Many horses have special needs and/or health problems and need special treatment and Brent works pretty much 24/7 to make sure they all get what they need. During my time there I helped with feeding, cleaning and a lot of other little things, that needed to be done. It is a lot of work and Brent can really use somebody there, to help him with all of it. On the weekends there were usually some students from the university, that came out to help with chores. Everybody I met was really nice and welcoming and overall I would say the people in Idaho are very open and friendly towards new people. Since I was the only person staying at Orphan Acres during my time there, it was really nice to meet some people my age to talk to.
I was working from monday to friday and I had the weekends off, where I would drive around to see more of the area. For example, I visited the Glacier Nationalpark one weekend and I also drove to see a rodeo another weekend. For both these trips and for smaller trips, for example to the city for grocery shopping, Brent has a car that he let me use. This was really cool since without a car I would have been a little stuck on the ranch. As for living there, I was staying at an appartement, that I had to myself. The appartement was completely renovated and it was really nice and clean, so it was really easy to make it feel like home.
Over all I can say, that volunteering at the Horse Rescue Ranch has been an unforgettable and very rewarding experience! Bent is extremely dedicated and works hard everyday, to make sure that all the horses are taken really good care of. Anyone looking for a place to volunteer and spend time with horses and in nature should definitely consider coming here!
Thanks Fronteering for an adventure of a lifetime!
Alexandra from Germany