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Hello my name is Lea and my husband is Bud. Our family have a horse ranch up near Kamloops in B.C.! We are a retirement home for horses. We have older horses that we have rescued and we also board retired horses as well. These horses come from many different backgrounds. Some we are still able to ride, the rest we just enjoy giving lots of love to and they give it back 10 x over. We spend our time after chores just giving them lots of love and attention. And a wonderful retirement. The helpers that come will learn natural horsemanship and the art of looking after older horses as well. If you are open minded you will learn a lot about horses and ranch life.
We have been hosting helpers for 19 years and would love to welcome you to our home and ranch. We can help you to improve your riding skills and your ground work (in the summer) and can also help improving your spoken English. Bud loves to talk and teach helpers about the world.
You will work hard here as horses need love/care every day but you will also learn lots and enjoy life on the ranch with many very cool horses. Open your mind and your heart and you will learn so much. If this interests you please read further and see what we are looking for at the moment and get in touch. At different times of year we look for different types of helpers. We look forward to hear from you.
------Updated 11th September 2021----
Only 2 Placements left available for fall/winter
-----1st October till 20th November. Chainsaw skills required. we need to process all our firewood for the winter and get it stacked near the house. We have a splitter so that part is easy but cutting the timber into logs is where we need the chainsaw skills. Looking for a couple or a single person. Please get in touch if you fit the bill.
----- 20th December till late January. We are a big happy family so looking for someone to share the holidays with us and help with our beautiful retirement and rescue horses. Winter is quiet and cold. We also have chickens, cats and dogs that need love and care. We are looking for someone that is a self starter, likes keeping busy and can work outside in cold temperatures. Please reach out if this sounds like you :D
We ask for a 4 weeks availability as a minimum as it takes a little time to train you.
--- We take Covid precautions seriously and are looking for responsible people who are also willing to get vaccinated or already are ---
--- We love to take in people who are already in Canada but will also take people with serious plans to travel to Canada. Horse experience is not a requirement, we can teach you as long as you're willing to learn! We only help people with Working holiday visa if they have horse experience.
--- We do not offer letters of 'employment' to help with visas or permits. Sorry
About our place and the help around here:
Our ranch is up in Knutsford near Kamloops. We offer a retirement home for about 45 horses of all kinds, sizes and breeds, our three dogs and 5 cats and about 80 chickens! All of our animals and pets love lots of love and attention. The help here is mostly farm tasks, you will feed our horses, walk our dogs, move hay, pick up horse manure (not in the winter when the snow comes), clean tack, collect eggs and keep chicken coop clean. You also will help keep the house and the out buildings clean and organized. We also have to get our winter wood in before it snows each year. The winter days are quiet. Once you are done with chores you are welcome to relax or go for walks or brush and enjoy the horses. We will have snow until around the middle or end of March. We live in a place with beautiful scenery, lots of peace and quiet but there is still lots to do if you are a self motivated person. While we have snow and ice there is not much riding unless the ground is not slippery. Riding depends a lot on your riding level more advanced riders will be able to ride in winter conditions bare back in the snow as long as it is not too slippery. There is lots of other things to do. Enjoy reading some of our books, play the guitar or play some games inside. Bud loves to teach people how to play crib, (a card game!) The winter up here is cold so be prepared, it might be harder than the winters at the places you come from, but we have some extra warm clothes to use to keep you warm and happy! Summers are hot and dry but wonderful to enjoy the outdoors, my favorite time is spring and fall but anytime of year is amazing. Once the snow melts it's clean up after a long winter so there is lots of manure pick and fence and pen repair. We also have to get our garden ready to plant! The garden gives us lots of fresh vegetables!
The ranch is a beautiful place for you to get to know new people and become part of our family. It is a great chance to find your passion in life and think about how you want your future to be! The helpers that enjoy the ranch the most are people that can help independently and as a team. You need to be self motivated and enjoy staying busy. If you don't really enjoy hard outdoor tasks that must be done everyday then this might not be the ranch for you. I will be looking for single helpers or a couple.
You are ideal to help here if you have experience in handling and working with horses and do not mind to help in the morning. We start to feed at 8 am. Sometimes earlier in summer when it's hot, we get tasks done even when it is not so nice outside. We are a team and everyone learns all the chores and shares in everything. We work hard everyday but if everyone is organized and everyone gets busy your tasks get done there is lots of time to do other things.
We do not expect you to help the whole day every day but we do need to get it done! Horses are hungry everyday, even on Sundays! One day a week we just feed the horses in the morning and afternoon and as long as there is no emergency we take the rest of the day off. We also take a day here and there and go off on little excursions like going to rodeos and visiting lakes to swim when its hot as well as other fun adventures all year long. There is also time in the afternoon most days to enjoy a walk or working with horses or sometimes to just relax as long as everyone works hard to get everything done! We want to offer a nice atmosphere with people that are open minded and happy to help! Tasks that are done together need half the time because you enjoy it and have fun! You get out what you put in!!
We offer accommodation for girls and boys separately. Girls share a small cabin and the guys share a room in our barn, we offer healthy 3 meals a day in exchange for your help. I Also offer many years of experience with horses I can teach and pass on some of my horse wisdom! Plus you will get the chance to help with and when the weather is nice and the footing is safe to possibly ride horses.
Please send us a message if you are interested in staying here so that we can talk and work something out! We have had a lot of international people staying here and we love to keep that exchange going! Feel free to write if you have any questions.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will learn how to look after and may have the chance to ride horses and learn natural horsemenship. I also hope you learn some good life lessons. We look after retired horses so you get to love lots of cool horses. As well as be a part of some building and clean up projects. We have years of wisdom and many special horsemanship skills to teach you. You will also improve your English speaking skills. We have had many helpers that after they leave the ranch say that their experience here has changed their lives for the better. Our ranch is a great place to find what makes you happy! We want everyone to follow your dreams and if we can help you with that we will be happy!!
We need fall and early to late winter help! In fall we need to process all our firewood, so chainsaw skills are a major plus. You will help and get to learn all about working with horses as well as help keeping the ranch running well. You will also help in the house. Someone that enjoys helping with cooking would be wonderful. We have egg laying chickens so everyone helps look after them as well. We have three dogs that need to be taken on walks. We also have cats that need love and attention and will sleep inside at night for safety. They do sleep in the helpers cabin.
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You share accommodation with other helpers that are here. We offer balanced basic healthy food for you to make your own breakfast and lunch and we share in cooking dinners. Everyone gets enough food no one goes hungry but any extras like junk food/snacks etc we don't supply. You can get a chance to buy these and any extra/specialty foods you require, if you wish, when we go into town to shop, but at your cost.
Everyone helps keep the house clean and also help with dinner prep and clean up. The girl helpers live in a cabin together and the male helpers have a nice area in the barn. You share a bathroom with the other helpers in the main house. Everyone helps keep where you live and the main house clean and tidy!!
I am looking for people that enjoy the outdoors and like staying busy. The summer is very dry and warm normally. In the winter months we have snow for a good part of the winter so you can snowshoe or cross country ski. We have dogs that love to go for walks. The evenings are quiet and you will have lots of time to relax if you wish. In the winter months, we look for people that are happy finding things to keep themselves busy and entertained. We don't go to town that often so you must find things you enjoy to keep yourself busy. We have a wonderful life here and we enjoy sharing it with other people. Please email me if you think you would enjoy the life we have to offer.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I have space for cars and vans. I can also offer power but there would be a charge for that.
More than two
We need to look after the animals everyday but some days are less hours than others about 5 hours - max 25 hours
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