Our internship programmes are designed for groups of up to eight who are interested in learning more about an equestrian centre and the management thereof, including all aspects such as understanding the correct way to ride, handling of horses, general horse care, basic yard and equipment, safety, instruction, schooling, basic veterinary, riding skills both in the wildlife and in an arena, horse behaviour, natural horsemanship and horse trails in combination with a unique nature experience, with an emphasis on conservation, including nature guiding in the natural environment, to name a few and/or basic knowledge of ecosystems, identification, tracks and signs, basic conservation practices, animal behaviour, animal monitoring and so much more.
African Dream Horse Safari is home to 35 horses, of which 18 are liveries. We conduct trails, jumping lessons, dressage lessons, horse shows, games days and outrides, as well as education on horse care, natural horsemanship, stable management, tack care and trail guiding.
If you choose that you would like to do your research/internship with the horses/stables, then there are a variety of options to choose from, such as:
- Natural horsemanship
- Stable Management
- Organizing a horse show
- Stable marketing
- Horse and tack care
- Horse aliments and the preventative measures
- Equine exercises
The Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is a well-developed, 420 hectare wildlife haven. About two thirds of the estate allows for development and one third has been kept as a “green zone”, undeveloped area. The estate is home to a wide variety of animals and is easily accessible by foot, bicycle, horseback and vehicle, which provides endless opportunities for research projects.
Interns have the opportunity to decide for themselves what research/project they wish to do but some examples could include:
- Small mammal monitoring
- The effect a developed estate has on the distribution/dynamics of certain species
- The distribution of nocturnal species
- Game number monitoring and the necessary measures in controlling those numbers
- How animals adapt to living on a developed estate
- The differences/reactions between viewing animals on foot, vehicle, bicycle and horseback