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We are a family of 2 living on a small farm breeding Morgan horses (the only one as such) in Hungary in a secluded picturesque valley appr. 40 km from Budapest. If you love horses and wish to experience real rural and ranch life, and do not shy away from hard work getting your hands dirty in all sorts of weather conditions - this is for you! :)
We are constantly looking for volunteers to help around our horses.
In March we have to do general farms maintenance, like fixing fences, hay feeders, tidy up paddocks and tracks after the winter.
Normally April and May are the foaling months, when the pregnant mares have to be closely monitored.
May / June are normally our breeding month, so for these 3 months we are mostly looking for voluntary help from people with previous horse experience.
We would love to get help from trainers experienced in natural horsemanship starting our young horses and working with those already under saddle. Our horses are used to Western tack and can be ridden occasionally, however I must emphasize that we are not a riding facility and riding is not what we would normally offer unless you are an experienced rider.
The minimum stay is 2 weeks but we are also looking for longer term volunteers. The longer you can stay, the better... ;)
Help around the house
Our horse boarding facility is unique and it streches over 5 hectares: the horses (5-10) are kept in a herd environment 24/7 on a “track system” with limited access to rotational grazing. You can learn about what is called a “Paddock Paradise” system encouraging natural herd behaviour, while offering sustainable pasture management. We are a unique Morgan horse breeding program in Eastern Europe, so you can be part of a pioneer project. We produce some of our own hay that normally has to be harvested in June. The farm is completely off-grid, which means we are not connected to any public network (water, sewage or electricity) so it is your opportunity to see how self-sufficiency works in actual life.
General farm help is needed around our Morgan herd: feeding, grooming, mucking out, dealing with foals and young horses including stallions. Experience in western riding / training is an advantage.
I keep dreaming about an experienced Western riding instructor to help me in horse / riding training. Miscelleneous chores around the farm is occasionally needed such as maintenance of the electric or wooden fencing, mowing the grass, etc. Driving a van / trailer could also come in handy ;) There is always something to do on a farm - never a boring day!
Please, help us keep the house clean and share some cooking. Please also note that we are meat eaters, therefore we not equipped to provide for specific dietary needs and we are a non-smoking farm.
N.B.: please bring clothing and shoes / boots that will keep you warm (in winter) and dry in rain.
Our guests have all the upstairs of the house for themselves: we have 3 guest rooms (1 single, 1 twin and 1 double) available and a separate shared bathroom with shower and toilet.
Our Farm is a pleasant 50 minutes train ride from Budapest Western Railway Station (local station is appr. 10 minutes drive) with everything our beautiful and exciting Hungarian capital can offer from history, art, wellness to culinary delights.
The nearest town (Veresegyház) has all the infrastructure you need and is only 10 minutes drive from us, this is where we do our weekly shopping and has some nice restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops... It boasts also with a Bear & Wolf Rescue Farm, a Thermal Bath and a Ice-skating ring (in the winter)...
We are speaking English at home because we are a Norwegian - Hungarian couple, (with no kids) so cultural exchange is a natural part of our daily life. We have 3 dogs, 3 sheep and 2 cats (1 in the house) We grow some of our own vegetables in raised beds and started a small orchard, and have plans to further develop our ability to be self-sufficient. We love Italian, Greek and Hungarian cooking and lots of coffee :)
3 meals: breakfast, a cooked meal in the middle of the day and cold supper are provided by us.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Average 5 hours / 5 days a week
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