Sabine's Smiling Horses in Costa Rica


Our stable

Sabine’s Smiling horses is an established riding stable since 1999 in Monteverde. In many guidebooks, you can read that we are well known not only for the quality of our horses and the diversity of our tours, but also for the special care we show all of our customers.

We are constantly improving the quality of our services for our riding guests.  Our volunteers participating in our place help us with their input too.

Our farm is located 2 km outside of the village of Santa Elena, where we can see toucans, toucanettes, motmots, bellbirds and parrots. We ride on campesino trails that offer excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and the stunning local landscape.

We have been providing safe and enjoyable experiences for families and riders of all ages.  We take pride in the special care and attention we give to all of our customers, especially children and first-time riders.


Monteverde in the mountains at 1100 m above sea level and a jacket at times is needed, since weather can be chilly at times. Raining season is between October and November all the way through. Monteverde is 3 ½ hours from San Jose. The farm is about 25 min walk to the village or $ 3 US by taxi. In town there is Internet connection as well as night activities.

Monteverde is a well-known tourist area that provides several private Reserves in the Cloud Forest, Canopy tours, hanging bridges, butterfly garden, coffee tours, etc.

Home stay

There is space during high season for 1 volunteer at the time to be guiding in addition to our employee.

There is no cost for volunteering at Smiling Horses stable. Our volunteers find their own accommodation in town and help at the stable on the level of their skills in exchange for guiding and horseback riding.

During time off it is a nice place to hang out on the farm. People love the spirit on our farm. Warm hearted, welcoming and open.

Job description

Basic horse care such as cleaning fur, hoofs, washing the horses and cleaning the stable, feeding, saddle and unsaddle the horses are necessary or changing horses between different fields. The project is suitable for people with experience with horses and basics of spanish language skills.

Depending on the skills of volunteers we do also work on some projects to improve the quality of the riding stable or work our young horses on the ground.

Working hours

We do not have fixed working hours, since we are depending on tourism. There are always days to take off. Mornings or afternoons as well depending, if there are tours to be done. This flexibility can sometimes be difficult, but also interesting and challenging. All other work is usually talked through on a day-to-day base about 4 hours a day, during the time from 7 AM to 4 PM.

Volunteering time

Minimum volunteering time is 4 weeks, depending on skills less time is possible as well. Some volunteers stay up to 3 months. We are open for any time above that too. We do take the first week of stay to see, if volunteering with us is benefit able for the both parts.

contact us in Monteverde Costa Rica

cell: 506-8385-2424 or whatsapp

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