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We are a couple, Christian and Uschi, living on a small farm in Middle Norway close to a big lake, 70 km away from Trondheim. We have 11 Norwegian fjord horses in the age of 1 month to 30 years. The horses stay outside all year round and are kept barefoot. The adult horses are used for riding, driving and some farm work, but the mares were lately mostly occupied with their foals. We live in an old traditional Norwegian farm log house, which is still not completely restored, but we are getting there.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You can learn about how to be around horses, riding, driving, working, training. As we do our own hoof care, you can learn about keeping horses barefoot if you are interested. We keep our horses different than an ordinary riding barn does. We ride and drive them bit-less, ride bareback and don't use horseshoes. In her free time Uschi is working with the production of traditional Norwegian sheep-skin rugs and you can learn how to do it yourself if you are interested.
Having so many horses involves a lot of work with feeding, caring, handling, training. We need help with caring for the horses, i.e. feeding, fence work etc. You should have some basic experience with horses and be comfortable with being around horses and animals in general, as we also have a 2 dogs and 2 cats. We are looking for people with some practical abilities.
You will have your own room and stay with us as part of the family.
In your time off there are possibilities to go hiking. You can also explore the area by bicycle. You can do horseback riding and -driving if you are sufficiently experienced. Trondheim is the nearest town with university, museums, theater and more. There is also a piano, guitar and accordion in the house, in case you like to make music.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week