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Otago
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 61428
Region: Otago

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Last Updated: September 1, 2017

We have Vacancy from December. We can offer a great equestrian experience to people who are capable horse riders. Are you a horse, dog, cat, chickens, sheep and gardening person? We have 2 horses that can be ridden daily by our homestay helpers: Kelly and Bree. We need someone who has soft hands and a balanced seat on a horse. If u love horses and have experience, want to learn natural horsemanship, ride western style, then please read on and have a chat with us. We have 4 horses so you will ride at least 2 of them but help care for all 4 and dependant on experience you may ride the big horse who is only suitable for very experienced people. We also have 2 dogs that love walks, one old dog who just needs a helping hand, 2 cats, chickens and sheep. We live opposite a beautiful long beach, about 20 minutes away from Dunedin. We generally ride the horses on the beach, private land and in the forestry. We have a 3 bedroom house with an inside gym with treadmill, x trainer and rowers. We have a tunnel house, gardens etc. We have sheep, chickens, horses, dogs, cats and fish. Our dogs and cats live in the house. We cannot take anyone who has a serious peanut allergy or is Vegan. If you like gardening there are lots of garden jobs and decorating/DIY type jobs you can do as well if you want but we don't expect this specifically from our homestay volunteers. Our horses and dogs are the priority for our homestay volunteers. We obviously expect that you tidy up as is needed, like load and unload dishwasher, hang washing on the line etc, run the vacuum around if it needs it, just normal being part of a family type roles :) I can promise that you will get a lot from the experience; as you get to ride and care for our horses as if they were your own once we have established that you are capable of riding them and safe around them, they are between 15.1hh to 17hh so not small!!. I will also give you lessons and we regularly have clinics you are able to attend to learn more in natural horsemanship from well-respected trainers. We will provide you with a riding hat that is up to the regulation standards (you are not allowed to ride without a hat on). We love having European visitors as I am also from Europe originally. If you want to truly enjoy the opportunity we can offer you need to commit to being here for a minimum of 6 weeks, if you want to stay longer you can still go off for the odd week at a time exploring but know you have a home to come back to a bed to sleep in and a washing machine to use. We cook fresh homemade food everyday and we don't use processed food. We have had a total of 8 homestay volunteers (not through HelpX but via other volunteering sites) who have lived with us from 6 weeks to 1 year. They will be happy to give you any recommendations and chat to you via WhatsApp or Facebook messenger. my facebook page is my name with the photo of the black horse as its profile picture, my posts are all public. We both work full time in Emergency Management, so you are not micromanaged by us while you are here, we like to have people with common sense and a love of animals and the countryside. Our outgoing helpers usually spend time with the new ones to induct them into the farm and the animals :)

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