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Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 79380
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: September 19, 2017

New Horse Riding centre in Orgiva in Las Alpujarras Mountains -southern Spain.The riding school is located in central Orgiva just a short 10 min walk from all the cafes, bars and municipal swimming pool in the town. We have great transport links & we are walking distance from bus stops (for travel to/from Granada/Malaga/coast/local vilages etc).
We are a English- Irish family with a wonderful 10 month old baby daughter. We live at the riding centre and manage the business.
I have lots of experience with horses and am BHS Qualified. My partner Shiner is Irish and is a Musician and sound engineer.
We currently have 4 Horses and a dog.
The riding centre has a large sand school, tack room and access to beautiful treks and walks. We lean towards a natural horsemanship approach, all of our horses are barefoot and live in a herd.some are ridden bitless
I teach at the riding centre, take out treks and train the horses while my partner does most of the maintenance & childcare.

We are looking for:
* help with the horses
* help with child care
* general maintenance/stable jobs/ building/DIY
* house cleaning, domestic chores & cooking.

Previous experience with horses would be great. For helpers who are good riders and experianced there may be the opportunity to school/exercise our horses regularly. Helpers who have experience with children would be good also, as we need help with child care.
Duties will include maintenance work, gardening, cleaning and domestic chores-if you can cook too that's a bonus. Helpers will be involved in the horse care and day to day stable jobs such as feeding and watering the horses, grooming, cleaning tack, bathing horses, poo picking, tacking up/untacking & helping with riding lessons throughout the week (mainly lead rein lessons)
The position would suit someone who is good with horses and children possibly traveling with a partner who is good at heavy lifting/building /DIY/clearing work and hard graft.or someone who can do both! .

we ask for approx 5-6 hours work a day with a day off in exchange for accommodation ,3 meals a day and a free riding lesson or trek every week.For helpers who want to work less hours there is the option of accommodation Only
A minimum stay of 1 week is required.
Accommodation is basic in a converted classic Army land rover ambulance, which has single bed (that pulls out to make into a double bed) lights and cooker inside with 2 hobs and a grill.The accommodation is suited more to couples, good friends and people traveling on their own.
Meals are home cooked & simple.We are not Vegetarian but can cater for vegetarians/vegans.meat make s up only a small portion of our diet.You can choose to eat with us or we can provide a weekly "Hamper"/veg box for you to cook your own meals when you want in the land rover.
We have Wifi and a washing machine which you are welcome to use and also a shared bathroom with a shower & toilet. You can spend your free time as you choose...with the cosmopolitan & alternative town of Orgiva so close there's always lots to do. We are in a forested area with a bar and the local "rastro" (funky second hand market) next door and local walks & the river and mountains on the doorstep .
We offer all our Volunteers a discount on horse riding lessons and treks at our centre should you want to learn to horse ride or just ride more throughout your stay.
Orgiva is an alternative "new age" kind of town so there are lots of Yoga classes and pilates classes as well as meditation , massage and healing therapy's on offer locally. our proximity to Orgiva make it very easy to make the most of your spare time .
We look forward to meeting new guests and welcome you to get involved in our exciting new Project.

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