The Chintsa Horse Trail and Horse Rehabilitation project has been running for 12 years under the careful dedication of the Dickerson family. Funded by tourist trails, it initiates the caring for and rehabilitation of abused horses as well as offering the opportunity for travelers to gain experience in voluntary work with animals. Although the operation is reliant on the tourist trade to maintain the animals and run the horse rehabilitation centre, it is the sincere love and caring for horses that keeps the initiative running successfully.
Over the years the local SPCA has recognised the work of the Dickerson’s and asked them to assist with horses which have been removed from places of neglect. This has lead to the development of the New Hampshire Rehab Centre, a small project aimed at nurturing abused horses back to good health. New Hampshire strives in their horse rehabilitation to return their animals to the point where they can once again be ridden. It is these very horses that are used on trails by Chintsa Horses and who therefore generate the income for the centre.
This volunteer project offers working holiday guests the opportunity for hands on voluntary work with animals at this working horse farm and the experience of becoming a part of the day to day life of a tourism trail business and a horse rehabilitation centre. As well as helping to care for and nurture the horses volunteers are given the opportunity to support and be a part of the team on the beautiful beach trails with tourists.
A minimum age of 18 applies. Previous riding experience is not a necessity but volunteers must have a lot of energy and enthusiasm towards voluntary work with animals. We will develop appropriate tasks and pair you with suitable horses based on your experience. Please inform us of experience and skills to allow maximum benefit to the project objectives.
Please note that long, physical & hard working days out in the elements are common on this project as with other working holidays abroad but the amount of energy put into the project is reflected by the feeling of achievement and involvement gained from this initiative.
Our working week is Monday to Saturday (many volunteers wish to get away on the weekends therefore some Saturdays are an optional working day). It is important to note that this is a true working farm, volunteers need to be flexible and respond to daily contingencies and duties as required. On the horse rehabilitation farm we aim to utilise the specific skills of each volunteer and will work with you to ensure that everyone benefits from the skills you bring to the project.
7:00 Transfer to the farm to help mix feeds for both farm and trail horses. Feed farm horses &
check them for any problems. Check that all water troughs are clean and full.
9:00 Feed all trail horses at Chintsa or if transported to Chefani feed horses, check, fill & clean
troughs & check on horses.
10:30 Short break
10:45 Demo for the less experienced volunteers on grooming, lunging, exercising and schooling
tasks. Experienced volunteers to work on horse rehabilitation with the animal(s) allocated to
13:00 Lunch break.
14:00 Less experienced volunteers to be given demo of care and maintenance of tack.
Experienced volunteers to continue work with their horses.
15:00 Back to feed room to mix horse feed for Chintsa and Chefani. Feed horses and check.
17:00-17:30 Drop off at volunteer house.