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8 Day Equine Volunteer Horseriding Vacation in Edgewood, New Mexico

Enchantment Equitreks, 45 Eastridge rd, Edgewood, New Mexico, USA

Horseriding Volunteer Program USA

Enchantment Equitreks core mission, to rehabilitate and re-home rescue horses, is the focal point of their business and they want to share this experience with you. This working volunteer program offers riders age 15 and older the ability to develop their trail riding skills, learn to work with rescue horses, and immerse themselves in the Southwest culture. Each day will be spent working on the ranch, in the saddle, and engaging with clients. Down time can be spent at the pool or hot tub, hiking, biking, or joining a yoga class.

Highlights

  • Daily rides and horse time
  • Ride and train rescue horses
  • Join the Enchantment Equitreks team
  • Access to pool, hot tub, hiking trails, mountain bikes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Depending on availability, volunteers will be accommodated in a private room in the guest house or in the main ranch house.

Program

Typical day

  • Helping with ranch chores and horses. Most of the daily chores such as feeding and mucking are done by staff, but you may be asked to grab a pitch fork and pitch in. They also have chickens, cows, and gardens that always need attention. You may be asked to gather eggs, pick veggies, or ride out to check the cows.
  • Loading and unloading equipment and tack in the trailer before and after rides. Cleaning tack and horses after rides.
  • Grooming horses and helping tack before rides or training.
  • Lots of riding! You will either be riding with clients, going on training rides with wranglers, or exercising ranch horses.
  • Helping with meals. If you like to cook, help is always needed in the kitchen. Not an aspiring chef? You can help set the table and clear dishes after meals.
  • Other activities may include visiting the horse rescues and going with clients on tourism days to Santa Fe and Madrid.

Expectations

The role of a volunteer is to assist with the riding, care, and preparation of horses and clients. Enchantment Equitreks are a small, family operation and they want this to be a great experience for all involved. They hope that you feel like you’re staying with friends so it is important for you to be aware of their expectations.

Experience

This program is open to riders no younger than 15 years old. Enchantment Equitreks asks their volunteers to have some horseback riding experience at a novice level. A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.

Working environment

Enchantment Equitreks understands that there are many different training methods out there. They do not prescribe to any one method. They have developed a program that works for their horses and trainers. They ask all volunteers to be open to their program, be willing to follow directions when working with horses, and be respectful to trainers, wranglers, staff, and clients. If at any time they feel like a volunteer has placed a horse or another person in a dangerous situation, Enchantment Equitreks will ask them to leave with no refunds.

Punctuality

When dealing with the welfare of animals, there are certain tasks that must be done at certain times. Failure to do this not only holds up staff and other volunteers, but it also affects the experience of the client and the amount of time you can spend in the saddle having fun. In the summer, you will ride very early in order to beat the heat of the day, which means some mornings will start as early as 5 a.m.

Alcohol and drug policy

Enchantment Equitreks are well aware that everyone likes to have a good time and will happily join in with volunteers for a drink after work. On the other hand, they will not accept regular drunkenness and operate a zero tolerance policy on drug use and under age drinking. Enchantment Equitreks are also a smoking free facility.

Location

This program will take place at Enchantment Equitreks, New Mexico, USA. Nestled in a mountain retreat, it is the destination for equestrians and horse enthusiasts. The 140-acre ranch is located at the southernmost point of the Rocky Mountains, 40 minutes east of Albuquerque and an hour south of Santa Fe.

Distances

  • Albuquerque - 40 minutes
  • Santa Fe - 1 hour

Food

New Mexican cuisine is wholly unique, rich with local ingredients, slow-cooked meats, and spiced with roasted green and red chili. The meals not only showcase this local flavor, but the ingredients are plucked straight from Enchantment Equitreks' gardens, local farms, and ranches.

Each morning, you will be greeted with a European-style breakfast set out in the guesthouse or patio. Lunches will often be picnics during the day's ride. The evenings will be filled with sit down, family-style dinners, relaxing next to a fire and gazing out at the stars.

If the ranch has clients, you will be joining them for meals. Breakfast is a European continental, lunches are often light salads and soups, dinners are family style that highlight New Mexican cuisine. If there are no clients, then meals will be similar and taken with your hosts. Enchantment Equitreks are able to accommodate many food restrictions and allergies for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If there is an event during your stay, such as the rodeo, you are invited to go but entry fees (usually about 20 USD) are an additional cost. You are always welcome to join yoga classes at a 20% discount. There are extra activities, such as kayaking, you can add at your own cost.

What's included

  • Lots of riding and horse time
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Basic toiletries
  • Access to pool, hot tub, hiking trails, mountain bikes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • Meals at restaurants
  • Gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Enchantment Equitreks will pick you up and drop you off at the airport. They will personally meet you at the airport, just past security, with a sign that has your name on it.

Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport Airport transfer included: Albuquerque International Sunport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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