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

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Last Updated: March 21, 2020

We have no availability at the moment as our current helpers need to stay with us at the current time. If interested helping us over winter please contact us now with your availability and interest from June and we can plan ahead for that. I won't reply to anyone who does not meet the criteria I have asked for below as we are very busy and we get a lot.of unsuitable requested. Please read all of the info I provide before asking to join us. Thank you.

We welcome people over 25 to help us out during the winter and spring months while it is dark both sides of our working day. We would prefer that you take a seperate late afternoon or evening paid job in nearby Dunedin evenings and just help us out in the mornings for about three hours. This allows us all to have time to ourselves; you during the day and us in the evenings and we can enjoy a couple of evenings or the weekends together.

We have four horses. We are offering more of a house share opportunity, where you help us out in the mornings while we are at work by walking the two dogs, letting the horses out, schooling and hacking the horses, cleaning the stables and prepping the hay for the evenings and anything else you would like to help with. We treat you like family/housemates and expect the same in return, trust is high on our priorities. Horse and animal lovers are a must. Experience in horse ownership and riding is essential and empathy definately is. Interacting with the horses offers a lot of learning experiences that will benefit any horseperson, they all have their quirks that you will learn so much from. Ideal for people wanting a career with animals or horses or if own your own and are missing them. We often have lots of equine medical challenges that you will learn from. We have 2 lovely dogs that love walks and we have many other animals too. So ideal for a couple/2 friends (one can be the horse person the other can do other tasks if that suits) or if both are competent horse people the great or a mature independent person.

This option for you to take paid seperate part time work ideally afternoons and evenings in nearby city Dunedin, means we can between us ensure all the tasks here get done but have our own space.

We don't eat in the evenings as we choose to eat lunchtimes at work, so while there is bread, milk, eggs and other food available so we expect you to cook for yourself.

PLEASE BE AWARE we only accept people who are experienced riders to an intermediate or above level, our horses are not school or trekking horses - are generally complex and can spook, shy, buck and bolt. One horse is focussed on dressage and another is an Kaimanawa wild pony that we are training in equitation and cowboy challenge. The other two are more placid and are hacks but still have quirks. You must be under 65kg to ride two of the horses.

We offer when possible the opportunity for people to learn and practice natural horsemanship, ride western style, dressage and ride our horses out on the beach and forest tracks as well as in the arena (if we are comfortable you will be safe yourself and that our horses will be safe and ridden by competent people).

We use different therapies on the horses and dogs so this is a great opportunity for people to learn them.

We do expect our helpers to generally help around the house, garden and yards as required. We want really empathetic people working with our horses as we believe in our horses wanting to do what we want them to do because they want to do it rather than force/bully them to do it.

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