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Hi folks! I am looking for help starting mid sept. It would be great to find someone or even a couple interested in coming for the winter or at least 4 weeks. This is a great place to see out the winter. Horse experience is an asset but as long as you are not afraid we can teach.
My name is Lea and my husband Bud and our family have a horse ranch up near Kamloops in B.C.! We are a retirement horse ranch. We have older horses that we have rescued and we also board some retired horses as well. These horses come from many different backgrounds. Some we are still able to ride, some we just enjoy giving them a wonderful retirement. The helpers that come will learn 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 17 years and are happy to have you join us in our home. We help you to improve your riding skills as well as you English. You will work hard here but you will also learn and enjoy life on a ranch with many very cool horses. 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.
We are currently looking for helpers from the middle of Sept. Oct. Nov. and Dec. and onward into the winter. I really like to have 2 helpers that would like to stay the whole winter from Oct to the end of Jan. About our place and the work around here: our ranch is up in Knutsford near Kamloops. We offer a retirement home for about 44 horses of all kinds, sizes and breeds, our three dogs and one cat. We will be getting one or two kittens to raise over winter and about 80 chickens! 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 clean and help keep the out buildings clean and organized.
The winter days are quiet once you are done 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 a 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. There is a lot of other stuff though, that can be found to keep people busy. Enjoy reading some of our books, play the guitar or play some games inside. Bud loves to teach people how to play crib, which 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 help you be warm and happy!
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 work 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 helper 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 8am. Sometimes earlier in summer when it's very hot, so 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 and everyday but if you are organized and get your tasks 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 every day, 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. 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! Work that is done together needs half the time because you enjoy it and have fun!
We offer accomodation for girls and boys separately and food in exchange for your help as well as 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! Please contact me as soon as possible as we need to get our helpers for the fall and winter organized. Feel free to write if you have any questions.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
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 spent many years having helpers come to the ranch and are willing to help you improve your English. We have had many helpers that after they leave the ranch say that their experence 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 and so will you!!
I need winter help! you will help and learn all about working on and working with horses as well as help keeping the ranch running well. You will also help in the house. Someone that enjoys helping with a little cooking would be wonderful.
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 or things we don't supply you can get when we go in to shop. If you require any specialty foods or more food then we offer you will be able to buy your own. The girl helpers live in a cabin together and the male helpers have a nice area as well. 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!!
We have a beautiful ranch with lots of horses to work with. We live in a beautiful place and everyone enjoys working outside and living and loving all the horses we have to look after. I am looking for people that enjoy the out doors 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 themsleves happy. We don't go to town that often so you must find things to keep you busy. We have a wonderful life here and enjoy sharing with other people. Please have a look at our web site and email me if you think you would enjoy the life we have to offer.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
We need to look after the animals everyday but some days are less work then others about 5 hours - max 25 hours