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Introduction

Gascon Horsemanship now offers the volunteer adventure of a lifetime! You can get the opportunity to volunteer at the 200-acre horse ranch (with an additional 800 acre to ride or hike on) and spend all day around our amazing horses. On the ranch, there is approximately 80 horses, plenty of dogs and other animals. The ranch is a fifth generation horse ranch where the Gascon family breeds, trains and sells USAs best Paso Fino horses. Michael Gascon is also an excellent trainer who takes horses of all different breeds, types and ages in for training.

Stay on a horseranch in Mississippi!

Come and enjoy the picturesque ranch, nestled among the rolling hills of beautiful southern Mississippi. The ranch is located 30 minutes from the Mexican gulf coast and approximately one hour from spicy New Orleans.

Michael Gascon works to improve the communication between horses and their owners so they can have a safe and loving relationship to each other. The training is based on natural horsemanship and methods build on the horse’s natural behavior. Michael also trains many young horses where the goal is to give the horse a good start in life and a good chance to be able to interact with humans in a safe and good way. Michael feel a great responsibility to help misunderstood and young horses to gain better communication and connection with their owners. That way he can help prevent that they are sold for the wrong reasons or end up in a bad place.

This is why Michael is also passionate to bring horses in for training. Many times, there is a misunderstanding between the owner and the horse where Michael can train the horse to be safe and well behaved, and then he coaches the owners to understand their horse!

Your Role

As a volunteer, you will be incorporated in the daily work on the ranch. You will be part of the team who makes sure that the horses are well taken care of, handled properly and stays healthy. In your daily routine you will also make sure that the facilities gets the required upkeep needed. You will be able to watch and learn how problem horses can be trained and rehabilitated to become safe and fun riding horses again.

Volunteer work means plenty of time around and together with the horses but this program is not a "riding camp". Many of the horses are in training either for different problems or to prepare for competitions and therefor only ridden by the trained staff on the ranch. However, there are some horses that are used for the guests and you will get to go on a weekly trail ride. In addition to that, you can choose to add more horseback riding during your stay in exchange for a smaller fee.

Your daily work on the Gascon Horsemanship ranch:

Daily work such as below:

  • Cleaning the stalls and outside pens
  • Feeding the horses
  • Groom and care for the horses
  • Assist during horse training sessions
  • Fencing such as repairing or building new fence
  • Mowing the lawn or other gardening chores
  • Other tasks to keep the facilities in good condition

* We warmly welcome creative ideas regarding marketing, photographing, the use of blogs or social media or anything else – in any field where your specific qualities can help the ranch!

The Project’s Mission

Operating a successful ranch with over 80 horses requires long hours and commitment. The project's mission is to make sure all the horses are well taken care of, gets the proper care they need and a little extra! Besides this, it is also important that the ranch and its facilities represent the level that we are striving to maintain. The project also aims to give you as a volunteer increased knowledge about the care of a ranch, horse training and horse care as well as to give you an experience you will not forget!

Partner

The Mississippi project is operated in collaboration with a non-governmental organization. The ranch is owned and operated by Michael Gascon and his family. Thanks to this collaboration, Volunteer Travels can offer you a well-organized and meaningful experience.

How do I book a trip?

You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on info@volunteertravels.com. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of €150.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.

Your Everyday Life

Accommodation and Food

As a volunteer you will live in shared bedrooms together with other volunteers and get the chance to meet friends for life as well as getting an unbelievable experience with great chances of teamwork!

  • Breakfast

You prepare your own breakfast from a selection of options like bread, ham, cheese, coffee, tea, juice, porridge, oats, yoghurt, cereals, fruits etc.

  • Lunch  

The lunch is prepared by the staff members on the ranch but you as a volunteer will be helpful in the kitchen on a rolling schedule.

  • Dinner

The dinner is prepared by staff members on the ranch but you as a volunteer will be helpful in the kitchen on a rolling schedule.

* If you have allergies or specific requirements about your diet, we will be happy to take care of that on inquiry!

Leisure Time

Take the opportunity to rent a car if you wish to visit New Orleans or go on a roadtrip before or after your volunteer visit.

We have variety of activities you add to your volunteer program for a smaller fee such as stated below:

  • Trail rides (one weekly ride is included)
  • Cowboy mounted shooting
  • Obstacle course on horseback
  • Skeet shooting
  • Target shooting
  • Barrel racing
  • Horsey soccer (on horseback)
  • Riding lessons
  • Lessons in colt starting

* All you have to do is talk to us about what you wish to do during your stay and we will be happy to do everything we can to meet your requirements!

Additional alternative on Gascon Horsemanship-One week of horseriding

Who's ready for a horsey vacation!? Come to Horse Haven and stay in our brand new western hotel and learn the way of the horse!! 5 days and 6 nights of all inclusive horse fun! Come trail ride on over 1000 acres, learn multiple disciplines and grow a stronger bond with your horse! No horse? No problem, barrow one of the Gascon Collection horses for the week!! It's a can miss equine event can't wait to see you there!!

About Mississippi

No other place is so synonymous with "the heart and soul of the true South" like Mississippi. Mississippi has raised many of the world’s most famous music artists. The flat, fertile area of Mississippi Delta and along the river in northwest is rich on cotton and here is where the blues and soul have their roots. When the cotton was king, Mississippi was the kingdom. More than 100 blues musicians and singers have started their career here. Many buildings remain and provides an insight into how the Mississippi inhabitants lived before the civil war. A walk along the streets in Natchez or Vicksberg, only a few meters from Ol´Man River, highlights the Old Souths beauty. Many successful writers has received inspiration in these areas. If you seek a fantastic adventure or an unforgettable journey, follow your senses, listen, watch and experience a journey beyond the ordinary in Mississippi where memories are made and where friends always are welcome!

Practical

Visa Requirements

Some nationalities require that a visa is arranged before arrival. Please be sure to check your status with your local American embassy to establish your visa requirements well in advance to your travel date. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a visa for the entire duration of your stay at the project. Costs involved with visas are not included in the tour price. Costs incurred by the project because of an expired visa will have to be reimbursed by the volunteer.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour price and you can choose a travel agency of your choice to assist you with your flight arrangements. Flight details: Please be sure you check your flight dates and times coincide with project dates as well as arrival and departure requirements. Make sure you book your flight ticket to the Louis Armstrong International airport in New Orleans between 9am to 8pm on the same day as the project starts (Monday). Book your flight ticket home on a Monday on the same amount of weeks of your duration on the project. Please note that if you decide to go before or after your time at the project, our local partners are not responsible for you or providing you with accommodation etc.

Insurance

It is your own responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property

Vaccinations

Remember to get vaccinated with all the necessary inoculations before this project. Check with a vaccination centre or your doctor for which vaccinations you need. We recommend that you have a full protection against Hepatitis A and B, cholera, and polio. Please contact your doctor to find out what kind of prophylaxis you should be taking. Please be sure to also have your tetanus and rabies shot up to date as well.

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