Help a disabled owner on their equestrian farm near Vire, France

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  • Last activity: 13 Jul 2024



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hi people, due to stenosis in my back and neck my working and walking capacity is low. The jumping horses have had an extended holiday but need to start work again. I need help in the house regarding chatting to me and the making of dinner and sweeping floors.
    We really could do with a second pair of hands for some manual (not heavy) clearing and constricting a large set of shelves/ also not afraid to use power tools.

    There are 15 horses here to care for but at the moment only the miniatures are in at night. The jumping horses will come in when I have help as my back can't take the work load.

    We can offer a long term stay if required. A responsible , caring, efficient, SELF MOTIVATED person, who is able to follow and learn instructions.

    I teach basic dressage, and advanced jumping and natural handling skills but this very much depends on my health now, hence not novice riders.
    I really care for people. In return I offer a fantastic opportunity for the right person to stay in a beautiful house nestled in a valley not far from Vire, with all amenities. It is undergoing renovations as is outside. I'm on my own I need help.

    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 meat substitutes I just haven't got the money. Having had some vegans stay we now know what to buy and cook. BUT I can not afford organic meat or vegetables).

    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. A 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 I need to know I have cover for the horses. If you change your dates or don't turn up, you leave me vulnerable and it's not fair when I 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 may be a gift at the end of your stay. It would be illegal for me to pay you ;)

    This is not a riding school, but a privately owned competition yard. You will learn lots here.

    Please read this twice or more so that you are aware of my health situation. A document will be sent to you stating what is expected of you so there are no misunderstandings and this false feedback left.
    *Workawayers your passport will be scanned on arrival and luggage searched before leaving* this is due to theft from my property.

    You will be sent 2 forms of extra information for you to decide if this is the place for you, vidéo tours can also be done. I am renovating and also laying a new yard so look past all that and see what a difference you can help me make whilst enjoying a ride weather and my health petmitted.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Well located for visiting war memorials and the beaches. Train station nearby.

    Attending French showjumping and carriage driving shows.

  • Help


    Land maintenance and collecting droppings from the paddocks. 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 2 hours.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation in the house, a caravan or hopefully a newly converted studio. I don't like it when you lock yourself away in your room the idea is to integrate.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

    Granville and Le Mont StMichel is easily accessible by train.

    There's sporting and spa facilities in the town.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 419528832288

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