Read what some of our volunteers say
My stay with Clare, her family and the amazing horses was very memorable. It was only ten days for me in February 2020, but the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in the gorgeous area of Atajate is impossible to forget. I wish it could have been a longer stay. What I most enjoyed was...Read More
I really enjoyed my 5 months at Time and Space Equine Sanctuary. I learnt about a different way of working with horses using positive reinforcement. My experience helped me gain confidence and intuition.'' Helen's mom: ''Helen, my daughter...Read More
Before I went to Time & Space, I didn't really know what to expect. I was worried I might not fit in, that I might feel lonely or homesick... However, I soon came to realize that my concerns had been completely unnecessary. This was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Clare and Chico were very friendly and welcoming and I had lots of fun with the other volunteers. Atajate was a cute and quiet little village where people were friendly and the little group of old men always sitting under the orange trees in the afternoon would always greet you with smiles.Read More
I really enjoyed my time at time and space sanctuary. My favourite part was definitely working with Calcetines. But poop-picking and fixing fences was fun too! Especially when Stella was around to make silly jokes. During my stay I Read More
• Your favourite part of the day: I had plenty actually. The moments you share with the family are very precious and convivial. They are super welcoming and makes it so comfortable for you. It really makes a difference in the experience. Best moment with horses was scratching time, made us both very happy. Then after a morning of hard work there was nothing better than dive-bombing in the natural pool. I also really enjoyed the campo walk. It’s surrounded by nature and some goats running around. You can gaze at the beautiful mountains during sunset when you walk back, but also at the stars if it’s night.Read More
I was at Clare and Chico's campo for six weeks in the summer of 2021. I was originally only going to stay for four weeks but I was having such a great time and had learned so much that I couldn't leave yet! I hate to pick a favourite between the horses, but my heart is reserved for Maxo ♥️Read More
I was a volunteer at time and space for about one year (Sep 19 - Sep 20) and couldn't have spent my gap year (and the corona lockdown) better than at this place. Clare keeps and treats her horses in a wonderful way and I am happy that I had the chance to experience what it means to be with horses and just use positive reinforcement.Read More
My days during the stay always started more or less the same with getting ready and eating breakfast. Even if this doesn´t sound special at all, it was quite a change for me, because I wasn´t used to not eating jam for breakfast and not having butter, also the bread tasted very different from what I knew. After eating I started my 15 minutes way to the camp. Luckily the weather was very good and I could walk in the first sunlight of the day. Which combined with the peaceful atmosphere gave me so much release.Read More
My friend and I were only 15 and 16 when we took part in the program. We didn't speak English perfectly, but it really wasn't a problem on the sanctuary ! (Besides, we made a lot of progress during our stay) We were in a small group of 7 volunteers. The language barrier was present, but that did not prevent us from creating beautiful memories. I'm thinking in particular of those afternoons together at the pool, or the different meals we shared (like the time we cooked veggie burgers near the sanctuary!).Read More
Today my dog benefits from what I learnt from Clare and the horses.
Hello, I liked the work with the horses very much.The working hours were very pleasant and also the work was very nice and not too exhausting. Everyone was always friendly, helpful to me. I found the delivery of the food was always in a good time and the fruit was very tasty and fresh. The way to the horses was not too long and you always had a nice view.
My week at the sanctuary was a fantastic experience, Clare has so much knowledge and experience and is a really great teacher. The setting is lovely, Atajate is a small, quiet mountain village and our house was really quaint and the sanctuary is walking distance away. I learned so much during my visit and I can't wait to go back and learn some more.
Our time at the sanctuary provided us with many great experiences where we were given the opportunity to learn about a completely different side to horse behavior and communication. This new knowledge was highly interesting and shifted our viewpoints towards horses and how we treat them. Clare and Chico lovingly attend to their seven horses - each with their own trauma histories and patiently re-establish a trust relationship between horse and man.They use completely force-free methods all aversive stimuli that are distressing for the horse are removed. Read More
My experience at time and space equine sanctuary was incredible. I have been riding for nine years and have used methods of training from all over on my horses but this way of communicating had never occurred to me before. The incredibly sweet and curious horses the lovely people and of course the spectacular view set up a community and space of happy serenity. I learned so much from Clare and the horses and I'm so excited to go back.
-My favorite part of the day was the 'in between moments' with the horses meaning when I finished the poo- picking and feeding and could just sit down somewhere and watch the horses and sit near them. - My favorite horse is Calcetines, till this day I.....Read More