Could You Volunteer To Work With Horses?
Horses make fantastic pets and most horse owners will tell you that the pleasure gained from spending time with them makes it all worth the hard work involved in owning a horse.
Whilst many people would love to own a horse, very few people can afford to do so, either in terms of money, space or time. Horses need stables and somewhere to graze and exercise; they need regular grooming and mucking out and attention every day. Every day, rain or shine, if you own a horse you need to go to the stables at least twice a day to spend time with your horse, clean it and feed it – you may even have time to ride it!
Sadly, some people buy horses (often for their children) and then realise that they cannot give them the time they need, or afford to pay for tack, food and bedding in the long term. If their children lose interest, it is usually left to the parent to tend to the horses.
The RSPCA often has to be called out to investigate cases of neglect or abuse of horses, and they also receive requests to rehome pet horses that can no longer be cared for. The RSPCA makes every effort to try to find new homes for those horses, but in the meantime they need to be cared for. Regular and one-off donations from the public to the charity help to meet the costs of this care, but the charity is also indebted to those who carry out voluntary work for them to deliver the care.
Voluntary work with horses not only benefits those horses but is also a great way for people who love horses but cannot afford their own to spend some time caring for these beautiful animals.
If you are thinking of offering your time to do some voluntary work with horses, give careful consideration to how much time you can realistically offer. Charities may be glad of any time you can offer, but most will want a regular commitment rather than a one-off bit of time. If you over-commit yourself by saying that you can volunteer every day, you may end up letting other volunteers and staff down if you cannot actually do so in the long term.
Make enquiries of an animal charity that is local to you, where you can get to even in bad weather, and ask whether you can volunteer to work with their horses. Discuss what sort of time you can offer, and whether you would be expected to come for the same hours each week or whether you could be flexible in when you helped out. Think about whether you’ll be able to offer that time even in the summer months or over Christmas.
Think carefully about what skills and what time you have to offer and then call for a discussion about how you can help with your chosen charity to get the most out of your experience.
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This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).