I have 6 barefoot endurance horses (2 are now learning carriage driving), 5 spanish podenco dogs and 2 cats. I enjoy doing the work with them myself but I need someone to give me a hand renovating and doing jobs outside if a job is easier with 2 pairs of hands. Or do things that I just don’t get time for like fruit picking, strimming, staining fences etc etc. No set hours, I don’t mind if someone has their own online job they need to do or their own hobbies they want to go off and do (I’d much rather that then people who just sit around playing on their phones).
Ideally I’d like someone who is capable of taking care of the animals if I need to go away. Ideally I’d like someone who enjoys cooking because I love eating but really hate cooking (mostly because I don’t really have time to prioritise cooking.
I also need someone who is confident enough around horses to be able to come carriage driving with me because it’s considered unsafe to do it alone and both myself and my horses are learning. I plan to do combined driving competitions in the future so really need to be able to practice regularly.
*** MUST be a genuine animal lover and confident around animals in general. Please don’t pretend (to both yourself and me) that you like animals and then act totally pathetic around them once you get here. This is a country property and the animals are the main part of it. ***
*** References from past workaway positions required as I have had bad experiences with Help-X people who have sounded wonderful and but in real life they were completely opposite to what they said 🙈. ***
Basically I’d like someone who is active and keen to be here and appreciate the place and the animals. Happy to cook, come out driving with me, potter around doing other bits and jobs and give me a hand with stuff if I need it. Might suit a couple or pair of friends so you have motivation to do things and do stuff in the local area when I’m busy (I work online).
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
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Latvia is amazing for sport and leisure activities and latvians are super friendly!
4 hours per day
- cooking main meal (you will need to cook for yourself because I don’t want to spend too much time cooking )
- odd jobs around property (DIY and/ helping with animals)
- assistance with carriage driving
- sole charge of animals if I need to go away
Opportunity to do eco projects like vegetable patch, composting, fruit picking (and whatever you want to do with the fruit) if you are so inclined. Not counted as working hours, just your own project if you want.
Opportunity to ride if you are genuinely a good rider. I don’t have time to teach someone to ride and my horses aren’t suitable for novice riders or beginners. Riding doesn’t count towards working hours.
Log cabin with open plan living space and sofa bed. Own garden area.
Property has a Russian black sauna (that I’ve never used but you are welcome to) and a swimming pond.
The local area is amazing for riding, hiking, cycling, swimming in lakes, cross country skiing, fishing, mushroom picking, woodland foraging, etc etc etc.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I have internet connection that is good enough for streaming Netflix etc but this is a country property and so the internet is mobile router based rather than cable. I work online myself.
Plenty of space for own camper or caravan and welcome to improve the space by creating a fenced garden area, hard standing etc.
4 hours a day, 6 days a week