Horse Rehabilitation

South Africa

Help to care for and rehabilitate over 40 horses, available to all levels of riding experience. Enjoy riding along the Indian Ocean whilst watching whales and dolphins whist being ideally located for free time activities and onwards travel in South Africa.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: Eastern Cape
  • Start dates: Any date
  • Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £1195 / €1435 / $1615 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers help to care for and give much needed attention to horses that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past. You will work closely with the horses every day and may be involved in:

  • food preparation and feeding horses
  • checking physical condition of the horses
  • riding on beach trails
  • assisting with preparations for trails
  • working in the rehabilitation centre
  • dipping
  • grooming
  • working with individually allocated horses

You do not need to be an experienced rider, but having the basics of walk, trot and canter are a bonus. The project accommodates all levels of riding experience and will tailor your activities accordingly.

Volunteers who are staying for at least 4 weeks and who have sufficient experience will also be given the opportunity to dedicate some of their time to working independently with a young, inexperienced horse. There is also the opportunity for volunteers with an interest in farming to gain farming and animal husbandry skills as the owner’s son farms pigs on site.

We also offer placements to volunteers with professional skills (vet, equine dentist or farrier) who would like to utilise these at the project.

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 5 days per week from around 7am to 5pm.

Other volunteers

There are usually 1-4 volunteers at the project at any one time with a maximum of 6.

Closure dates

The project is closed to volunteers between 1st - 31st December.

Volunteer reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our South Africa Horse Rehabilitation Volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

With over 40 horses to care for, volunteers provide additional support to staff so that each horse can be cared for. Volunteers are a vital workforce on the farm and as a consequence of their hard work, the farm is able to take on more injured horses.

"It helps to have volunteers who have passion and spend time with our horses, that extra groom and a bit of TLC that, with having so little 'manpower', they wouldn't normally get."Georgie, Founder

How is the Horse Rehabilitation project making a difference?

The family that run this project have been providing horse trails since 1998. In 2000, they moved onto creating a rehabilitation centre and since then they have provided a home to numerous horses in order to save them from abuse and neglect.

The objective of the project is to rescue and rehabilitate horses so that they can trust people once again. The motto of the project is “horses working for horses”, and this is exactly what happens. The project generated income from beach and bush trails that is used to fund the rehabilitation of injured horses.

Where will I be living?

Volunteers live in a cottage on the family farm which is located in the Eastern Cape. You will be living approximately 7km from the beach on a farm with roughly 200 hectares.

You will be staying in the volunteer cottage which has a TV, washing machine, stove, microwave and fridge. Volunteers may be expected to share a room and bathroom. There is also a braai (BBQ) area. There is a computer onsite which has internet access and volunteers can use this to check emails.

There are many activities available in your free time; you can visit Transkei, or a private game reserve where you can interact with elephants and a giraffe. The local pub boasts the most magnificent view of the Indian Ocean. You can make the most of your location and learn to surf, take a stroll on the beach, sunbathe, swim or play volleyball.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Erin is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Animal care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (East London) and return transfers
  • Accommodation - a shared room
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction and training
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required). Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
2 weeks £1275 GB Pounds
3 weeks £1625 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £315 GB Pounds

Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see

Discounts for professional roles (vet, equine dentist and farrier); 2 weeks cost £375, for those staying longer then make additional weekly donations locally.


horses rehabilitated

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian


Pod UK Specialist

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We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.



  • South Africa Horse Rehabilitation volunteer – Hannah

    “My whole trip was fantastic, I would do it again tomorrow. I highly recommend this project for those passionate about horses and willing to put in the hard work to make a difference, it is rewarding in so many aspects.”

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  • South Africa Horse Rehabilitation volunteer – Hazel

    “This project is truly amazing, the work they do with the horses is incredible and you can tell straight away how much they love all of their horses and how much you do make a difference and help them for however long you're there.”

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  • South Africa Horse Rehabilitation volunteer – Isabel

    “This was literally one of the best things I have ever done in my entire life. It's incredibly hard work and challenging at times but incredibly rewarding and lots of fun! I loved being surrounded by all the animals!”

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