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Wild Horse Mustang Rescue Project

If you’re fascinated by horses, and would love to be part of the Mustang Wild Horse Rescue Project - then this volunteer project in Florida is definitely something for you!

At a glance:

Volunteering with rescued horses in Florida

Accommodation: Shared accommodation in a large ranch house

Meals: 3 meals a day included

Dates: Every Monday but book in advance

Minimum stay: 2 weeks-10 weeks 

What animals will I look after? 

The wild Mustang horse is often called the ‘Spirit of the West’ and they are in need of your help! Care for the horses, clean their stables, feed them, wash them, just spend quality time with them, and go for horse rides! What more could you want? 

About the Wild Horse Rescue

Volunteer 2-10 weeks at this awesome project in Florida! (Longer stays are available, just ask)..

The ranch is located on the east coast of America, in Florida. It’s nestled between forests, lagoons and the ocean with its beautiful and famous beaches! 

Mustangs, the horses you’ll be working with, were introduced to the US as domestic horses in the early 1500’s by the Spaniards. These horses later formed a large wild population and came to play a critical role in the building of America. The United States is virtually built on their backs. These days, now they are not needed for labour and transport anymore, they are sadly being mistreated and exploited by some humans.

In the early 1900’s, the wild mustang population was estimated to be over 2 million. Today, there are only 40,000 left in the wild and there are many in captivity in need of rescue. 

Caring for a wild horse is drastically different than caring for a domesticated horse. Sadly this often leads to mistreatment and neglect of wild Mustangs in captivity. 

When the project rescues horses from abusive and neglectful environments, they are often at the brink of death. The goal is to nurse them back to health, tame and train them so they have a chance at being adopted in to a loving home. 

The majority of them can indeed be tamed, trained and adopted – others cannot. The horses that cannot be tamed are known to be “wild at heart” and the project “will never force them to work with them and be tame if they don’t want to”. These wild horses live out their days at the centre because their chances of being adopted are minimal.

If working with these beautiful animals sounds like your kind of project then come to beautiful Florida and help with the day to day activities and rescue and rehabilitate Wild Mustang Horses! This project is in need of your help all year round!

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What will I be doing at The Horse Rescue?

The work with the wild horses is by no means an easy holiday option and you will be involved in animal care, food preparation, cleaning, maintenance and educating the public. 

As you'll know - horses do create a lot of work!.

Your main tasks will mainly consist of the following but are not limited to:

  • Food preparation
  • Feeding & Cleaning
  • Animal health care
  • Educating the public
  • Horse riding over beautiful Trails in Florida's countryside
  • Assisting in construction and maintenance of the enclosures
  • Grooming of the horses
  • Assist with training wild horses to help them prepare for a second chance in life!
  • All volunteers rotate house chores (cleaning, cooking).
  • As a volunteer, you'll get to participate in everyday horse care and barn maintenance as well as real hands on care of rescued and abused horses. A big part of volunteer work is socialising with rescued and wild/semi-wild mustangs.

The owner of the project lives and breathes Mustangs and her passion for them is evident in the care she gives them.

More Details

  • The Project runs all year round - winters are generally mild.  
  • Volunteer project length options are 2-10 weeks depending on the season
  • Average Work hours: 6 days a week, 4 - 6 hours per Day
  • Number of Volunteers at one time: 3 - 8 at a time

Who Are We Looking For?

  • Love of the outdoors and a passion for animals is a priority. 
  • You should not be fussy 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. 
  • Horse riding experience preferred but not necessary. 

Here in the Auckland office we all own horses so feel free to chat to us about what's involved.


  • Shared accommodation in a large 3 bedroom 3 bathroom ranch house
  • There is wifi access: however you will need to bring your laptop/phone/tablet


  • Three meals a day are included during your entire stay. 
  • Vegan and Gluten free volunteers will need to buy their own extra food requirements. Vegetarian catering is available. 
  • The project owner and staff make several trips into the stores during the week, and the volunteers are more than welcome to join and purchase items for themselves.
  • You will be expected to help out at meal times. 

What's Included?

  • Pre-arranged volunteer placement
  • An Airport Shuttle will be arranged from Orlando International Airport for flights arriving on Mondays only between 9am and 8pm . Departures are Mondays only between 11am and 8pm from Orlando International Airport.
  • One day orientation and training after arrival (Tuesday).
  • Volunteers will all take part in an orientation and training session together on the first Tuesday of their stay.
  • Each volunteer during October to June will be assigned a rescue horse to work with each afternoon, once the daily chores are completed. 
  • Volunteers will not be assigned a rescue horse during the summer months (July to September), due to the extreme summer heat and shorter work days.
  • Off-site group activities will be planned, such as beach outings, kayaking, local events/festivals, shopping, etc.
  • Each volunteer will have one free day each week, during which time they may organise off-site activities at their own expense.
  • Tours: Through our own IWH Travel we can help you book tours in the USA after you have finished your volunteer project. We can help you with organising the best flights there and back too. We can recommend some good insurance which includes working with and riding horses too.
  • Support before you go - we'll link you up with others on the same project and we're here for you at any stage should you need us - we love to hear updates from our volunteers too (hint hint- we love photos!)

Requirements, Guidelines & Policies

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Volunteers can stay 4 weeks (minimum) or add increments of two weeks during the months of October to June - the cooler months
  • For volunteers staying July to September the minimum stay is 2 weeks and maximum is 4 weeks because of the heat
  • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property
  • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable
  • No animal allergies
  • Arrivals are on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month only.
  • Short-term volunteers (three week stays or less) will not be assigned a wild or rehabilitated horse, as there is not enough time to form a bond with these timid animals in 2-3 weeks. However, short-term volunteers will have a lot of daily interaction with all of our other animals, including our tame rescue horses, dogs, cows, pigs, chickens, and goats. They will also have opportunities to watch our long-term volunteers work with our wild and rehabilitated horses.

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I stayed at the centre for three weeks to volunteer as an international learning experience for high school. I've had the most amazing time. Being around these horses gives you an opportunity to calm down and the centre has a very relaxing atmosphere. It's special to see some of the new horses that are very sensitive and how they're treated in a gentle and positive way. I was also amazed when I saw pictures of some of the horses when they came into the centre, Diane is a passionate woman who puts a lot of effort in her work and it shows!

As a volunteer I have been taken care of in the most hospitable way, for which I'm very thankful. I also had the opportunity to discover Florida, everyone there knows the best places to take you to! 

If you're staying for a long time, get ready to discover some beautiful nature and wildlife.

I would certainly recommend this to anyone with a love for animals - it'll be a wonderful experience!

My Mum and I visited for 2 weeks and it is a experience we will carry with us for the rest if our lives. You get to work closely with rescued mustangs in rehabilitation - it is an extremely rewarding experience, I can recommend this place to anyone of any age who loves horses and who is looking for a meaningful experience.

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