we are Thorsten and Sabrine. We emigrated few years ago from Switzerland to France and live in a very secluded little paradies with our animals.
Thorsten works in the aviation business and I take care of our little farm with 5 retired "pension" -horses (they are originally from Switzerland, they enjoy now their retirement here in SW France). We have two Knabstupper mares of our own and occasionally they will have foals. They are all very relaxed, peaceful and friendly - perfect for somebody who would like to get (back) confidence around horses.
Our family is completed by 3 gorgeous dogs, 5 adorable cats and 9 charming chickens.
You don't have to be horsefreak - we are also interested in carpenters, cleaners, permaculture and/or handcraft people and a lot of other qualities :-)
Help in the house
I can transmit everything I know about horses with an ethological approach in respect of the animal. I do have a diploma of the Swiss Stud (Haras National) and can learn you everything which has to do with horsekeeping including medical issues and feeding guidelines. But I will not teach riding lessons.
Please be aware that we are not french, that's to say even if I can speak french I cannot teach you in french. To really learn french you should look out for another host...
The areas we need help with are :
- everything that has to do with horse keeping: feeding, cleaning the stables and the tackroom, fencing, brushing the horses, hay making and maintaining the 6ha of pastureland.
- Another daily task would be taking care of our chickens.
- Picking up dog poo around the house
Depending on the season some
- gardening tasks (we have a big vegetable garden) or
- some carpenter work (we always have carpenter projects to build) or
- some wood protection work (painting the terrasse, the window shelters...) or
- general cleaning e.g. some house cleaning tasks or
- special projects for sanitaryengineers or tilers
If you are a very good, horseminded rider you could also help with educating my Knabstrupper horses. They are used to saddle, know the basic things, but they need a lot of exercise. I do ride bitless and with the sense of natural horsemanship (eg Pat Parelli, Linda Tellington-Jones, Michael Geitner, Alfonso Aguillar...).
I cannot garantee you that you can ride my horses, it depends on how good you ride and also upon your weight.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Swiss German, German, French and English
You would stay on your own in our small guesthouse few meters away from the main house. It has a small living room with a kitchenette (incl. refrigerator and cooker), a bedroom and you have your own bathroom with toilet, douche and a small bathtub. And there is your own washingmachine. I can accomodate two Workawayers at the same time. But mormally we prefer to have one workawayer at a time or a couple.
There is also our swimming pool you can use...
Breakfast food would be equipped in the guest house so breakfast has to be prepared on your own (because I don't eat any breakfast). Lunch and dinner would be at the main house together with us.
Special diaries are no problem: so if you are vegan or vegeterian or ... - just tell me. I am also nearly vegeterian only few exeptions.
Our place is quite remote and there is no public transport. It is very quiet and calm. You must love nature and animals.
But if you look for peace and tranquility, in harmony with nature and animals and in the evening a good dinner with a glass of nice red wine (or other) and a good chat then it is the proper place to stay :-)
I really like to mention that we are looking for a gentle & careful person, rather calm. Not a kind of "pampam" person. Thank you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours per week