Join our family Ranch in Central Alberta, Canada




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    Our ranch offers horseback holidays, retreats and adventures on horseback near Rocky Mountain House (central Alberta). This year we are also starting an orchard and putting in a large garden.
    We are horseback riding specialists! Our Ranch has a large herd of horses that are a splendid splash of color, breeds and personalities. Just Ride, Live the Dream, Live the Legend, Live the West. Come where life is still western and we have big spaces - lots of clean air and clear skies! We promote the western lifestyle and like our guests to feel like they are part of the family. We teach natural horsemanship, softness and connection and we are willing to share our many years of experience with you.

    Last minute request: 1. looking for volunteers who loves outdoor work, especially working in the garden - help with general ranch chores, yard maintenance, painting,etc. 2. help with tourists and guests ( no horse skills necessary)

    Bear and I are looking for friendly, energetic girls who like working with guests. Horse skills would be great to help re-fresh the horses before the busy summer season. There are always general ranch chores to do every day: moving horses, fixing fence, getting camp supplies/tents set up, helping with horses to get them ready for guests to ride etc. We would also like to have some girls who like to garden.
    We are always looking for someone with IT/art skills that can help in the office with bookings, paperwork, making posters, online newsletters etc. - no horse skills required, but we can give you opportunity to ride ...

    If you are looking to come for a "holiday" we are not the place for you. If you are looking to experience the western lifestyle of our ranch and are prepared to work and ride with us then please inquire! We challenge you to learn to be a better partner with our equine family and with people. We expect you to grow and develop your "common sense - horse sense" being able to look at a problem and figure out the right answer... or at least try...

    Our Practical Heart to Heart Horse Program is learn by doing and practicing what we teach you about horses. Heart to Heart, lots of energy work, open field join up and more... Come experience "REAL HORSES" - our horses live outside all year long in every kind of weather. Come and connect on a higher level!

    Will hire suitable and knowledgeable girls paying current minimum wage, we will charge a fee for room and board

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    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are an experiential and educational retreat center/camp, horses are our life and passion and we have much to teach about the spirit of the horse and living in the west. We work long days but we share a lot of knowledge with you.
    Working with horses adds to your understanding of energy work and how energy affects the world around you. Horses are incredible mirrors of your life and have much to teach us all! We live in a very quiet, secluded ranch, lots of wildlife wanders through the yard and we see moose, deer, coyotes, wolves and lots of birds.
    WE are very knowledgeable about native Indian culture and have much to share about indigenous cultures.
    One of our core values is: You are who you ride with!
    We are looking for open, honest, patient and caring people who would like to be role models and teachers to the young girls that come to our riding camps.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

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    We also look for last minute placements: send us an email and inquire... Currently looking for Girls to help with gardening, yard work, painting and also with the horses
    We have no internet access. We ask you to stay off your phone while you are working. Shared accommodations in a private staff house with one bathroom....

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  • Accommodation


    Shared accommodation in a house or cabin in the main ranch yard. Power and shower. In the summer we provide all the meals: In summer Most meals are eaten family style in the main ranch house.
    In the other seasons you make your own meals as the staff house has full kitchen facilities - we provide basic foods. All extra snacks/fruit and unusual/special foods are your choice to buy...
    Anyone helping with the Adventure camp stay in canvas tents or a tipi, no shower on site, shower up at the ranch house mid-week...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 2 hours from Calgary and Edmonton, 1 hour from the Rocky Mountains, our closest bus depot is 1 hour away at Red Deer. To sightsee on the weekends you would have to rent a car at Edwards Garage in Rocky Mountain House, which is 15 minutes away from the ranch. We are about a 3 hour drive to Banff or Jasper - they have world renowned sightseeing, hiking, adventure activities, tourist destinations!
    There are lots of spring and summer rodeos close to us - always fun to watch! We have a great western store in Rocky Mountain House to buy western clothes and cowboy hats. The Calgary Stampede in the first 2 weeks of July is a world renowned outdoor rodeo, there is a complete Indian village set up, agricultural displays, music festival, free displays etc. - most girls love to go for a weekend.
    Please do not book bus tickets to Red Deer until you have checked with us on pick up times, please do not book a flight into Red Deer as the airport is not convenient for us to pick you up at... some exceptions apply depending on the time of year

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week, please email about the help day

Your hosts: Diane & Bear
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