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We have lots of cats that enter the house, if you have a cat allergy this is not the place for you.
RIDERS OR "HANDYMAN / WOMAN" for general land works, decorating and gardening.
I am ENGLISH lady in Vire Normandie, France and need help keeping horses fit for competition, also the ex jumping horses need riding to prevent weight gain. So if you are a rider we are interested in you, and can offer a long term stay if required. A responsible , caring, efficient, SELF MOTIVATED horse-person, who is able to follow and learn instructions, is vital for things to continue. I'm am sometimes now in a wheelchair so things have got tough. I teach basic dressage, and advanced jumping and natural handling skills.
I really care for people. In return I offer a fantastic opportunity for the right person to take their riding to a new level in a beautiful part of France. We live in a beautiful house nestled in a stunning valley not far from Vire, with all amenities.
You will be treated as a member of the family and English is spoken at home.
If you like good French baguettes, cheeses and basic home cooking we can accommodate. Vegetarians (please respect the fact that it's our choice to eat meat). If you would like to cook we can supply you with the fresh ingredients. (Veggies I will not fund your expensive seeds ect).
We prefer longer stay people, but will welcome short stayers.
Looking forward to meeting equestrians from around the world!
NO heavy smokers or drinkers, we have strict rules on smoking . NO DRUGS. Over 22 years old please unless you have excellent references with horses. Video of your riding and a reference may be asked for, for our own planning.
IF YOU SAY YOU ARE COMING THEN COME. I have a disability, at the moment I am really poorly thus we need to know I have cover for the horses. If you change your dates or don't turn up, you leave us vulnerable and it's not fair when we have put off other more willing people, when you haven't tipped up. Negative feedback will be left in these circumstances.
If you are a VERY experienced equestrian then there is a small remuneration as supervision and coaching will not take up so much of my time.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Well located for visiting war memorials and the beaches. Train station nearby.
Attending French showjumping and carriage driving shows.
General horse care, and plenty of riding, natural handling taught. Mucking out and paddock clearing. Land maintenance. Helping us generally. There are just 3 stables to muck out and collecting the droppings from the turned out jumping horses only, We harrow the other fields. Other tasks may also be required around the farm and house.
If I do these tasks it takes me 1 hour.
English, French, Some Spanish and basic German by son.
Accommodation in the house.
We are just 8 minutes from the centre of Vire.
Many forest and beach walks. A great place to explore war memorabilia.
Plenty of local things to see and many International showjumping events to go and visit in the region.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a wdata