Work Trade Internships and volunteering

Learn Natural Horsemanship with an informative Internship in Costa Rica.

Our goal is to create a relaxed and playful atmosphere while keeping the learning curve high.

We have three distinct work trade positions as listed below.

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Our Internships

This is a great opportunity to work hands-on with all eleven of our horses on a daily basis while learning Natural Horsemanship. We host no more than three but sometimes an overlap of four interns at a time so your horsemanship gets the individual attention you need to advance quickly.  More than a work-trade arrangement, our horse internship program focuses on teaching you to handle the horses using body language, love, and leadership and allows you to put those skills into action. Because each of our horses has a very different personality, or “horseanality,” you will gain experience in putting your new found skills to work in a variety of contexts. Our work and learn program is also very good for our horses because of the close personal attention you will be providing them.
We are the only horse internship in Costa Rica that offers lessons in dressage/finesse riding and also lessons in jumping with natural horsemanship theory.
The chance to develop personal relationships with each of the horses using natural horsemanship makes this more than either a work-trade or a horse vacation, it is a valuable experience of a lifetime. There is a one month minimum for this program. The price is $36 a day that comes out to about around $1000 for the month. I have also added a two week minimum of this position for $40 a day.

Below are some scenes from our internship.

Our internship program includes:

Private room 3 meals per day which are a group effort to make and clean and can be catered to special diets (vegan, gluten-free)

Daily Sessions in natural horsemanship games, riding lessons, jumping, and dressage depending on your interests
Trail riding
All day access to our horses as they live on the farm
Access to a large Parelli natural horsemanship video library.
 Your work trade.
  • Helping during morning and evening feed and cleaning of stalls and paddock.
  • Turnout and bringing in horses.
  • Giving medicines and general horse care throughout the day as necessary.
  • Organization and cleaning of tack equipment.
  • Help with hay and other deliveries that can arrive at random times during the day.
Check out the other volunteer positions below.

Our volunteer position consists of taking care of our clients and work studies. You will be working in the garden, watering, raking, cooking. And taking care of the farm animals. We also like to utilize any special skills you may have like artistic abilities. As far as the work with the horses you will be grooming and caring for our retired horses and taking them for walks. They need your love and attention. I also encourage my working students to give our volunteers lessons in Natural Horsemanship to reinforce what they have learned therefore you will practice Horsemanship when the opportunity presents itself. We also get you out on a trail ride at least once during your time here. Your work hours will vary from 4 to 5 hours a day depending on what is going on and your interest. You will also have access to our pool and Natural Horsemanship video library. This volunteer position is a good learning environment for gaining an understanding of natural horsemanship. There is a one week minimum for this position. Right now I am only taking two volunteers at a time. There is a charge of $100 a week for this position. There is tolerable Internet access here on the farm. A shared room and your food are included.

Free volunteering position

My free volunteer position is for an experienced horse person trail guide-assistant riding instructor. You will need a decent understanding of natural horsemanship seven games to help teach natural horsemanship games to my beginners. You will be helping to guide my interns through their program and learning experience. Therefore you need to be patient and diplomatic. Our intern’s experience is very important to us. This is a two-month minimum commitment. Please send experience bio and photos of you with horses.

Below is some liberty practice with a beginner intern after one month at Establo San Rafael.

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