In December we are going on a family vacation to Florida, and wherever we go I am always looking for horse-related activities. Even though we didn’t plan for a riding holiday this time, at least I need something to balance out all the commercial activities. We are really quite allergic to mass tourism, so it is a little bit funny that we have chosen to spend Christmas in Disneyworld! This could be interesting.
Wild Horse Rescue Center is a place I had read about in connection with volunteer work, and it turns out it is only a one hour drive from Orlando. We can’t miss this!
Rescuing wild Mustangs
Wild Horse Rescue Center is a nonprofit organization founded by Diane Delano in 2000. The goal of this organization is to contribute to the welfare, rescue and preservation of the American wild horses – the Mustangs.
The Mustangs are descendants after the domestic horses that were brought to the US by the Europeans in the 1500/1600s. They have played a major role in building the country, but when they were no longer needed as labour they were released into the wild where they grew into large roaming herds.
Unfortunately, this overpopulation has become a big problem for the horses, the landowners and the American government as there aren’t enough resources for them all. The Government tries to solve the problem by rounding up horses on a regular basis and make them available for adoption by the general public. One of the problems with this is that quite a few of them end up in the wrong hands and in the worst case are abused and neglected. These are the horses Wild Horse Rescue Center aim to help, and offer a good life in captivity.
This is a non-profit organization, and they depend on donations and volunteer labour. They have established an international volunteer program giving volunteers from all over the world the possibility to come and stay and work with them. The volunteers stay from 1 week or longer, meaning that this can be realistic to do during a regular holiday. There is room for around 14 volunteers, and during the stay, you will work with training and caring for the horses. You also get the opportunity to take part in excursions to discover more of what Florida has to offer.
For those who don’t want to, or are not able to live and work at the centre it is also possible to book a day visit. This is what we are going to do when travelling in December.
You can read more about Wild Horse Rescue Center by following this link.
I’ll write a full review after our visit.
I can’t wait!