Have fun and learn about natural horsemanship with a retired, young at heart couple in Swinford, Ireland



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    Please join us on our traditional Irish farm in beautiful County Mayo . We are Livvi & Ernie, a retired, young at heart, couple committed to caring for our wonderful traditional heavy coloured cobs and ponies and restoring the heritage buildings and land . Our family have been working and driving horses since 1740, so we have lots of experience to share and as practitioners of natural horsemanship are open to new ways of doing so your ideas and thoughts will be encouraged. All of our horses are ridden and driven bitless and are barefoot ie do not wear iron shoes. They are trained with compassion and understanding so the relationship between them and their handler is of extreme importance. If you have not experienced this before we guarantee it will be life changing. You do not need any experience with large animals just an open mind and willing disposition to have a go and help us with some of our projects and variety of tasks. Perhaps you would like to repair stonewalls, plant trees and flowers, build a shed or just spend time helping with our friendly equine friends. We have recently built a shepherds hut which has a decorative Romany interior so if you enjoy art and design this could be a project for you? We are a happy, cheerful and creative family and would greatly appreciate your help. In return we promise you a comfortable stay, good home cooking , time off for exploring and a great craic at the local pub.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Based in the wild and rugged West of Ireland you will be surrounded by a traditional landscape and farming homesteads showing a, fast diminishing ,old way of life. People have lived and worked upon these lands for thousands of years. A culturally rich area surrounded by important places of interest such as the Irish Country Life Museum, Hennigans Heritage Centre, Foxford woollen mills, Michael Davitt centre , Coleman Music Centre and renowned Famine Museum etc etc. Mayo is surrounded by the historically rich and vibrant counties of Sligo, Roscommon and Galway with its superb coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way. Good transport links to Dublin city, the charming towns of Westport & Ballina are within easy reach and the wonderful city of Galway is just an hours bus journey away. The fascinating islands of Achill etc are well worth a visit as is a walk or spiritual pilgrimage to the summit of Croagh Patrick . If you would like to explore and extend your horizons we will help you in any way possible to reach these important places of interest.

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    We are happy to offer this experience to any travellers who are happy to get stuck in and have a go. Some of the tasks are quite physical so you will need to enjoy the outdoors and be ok with sometimes doing tasks alone or within a small group. If you possess basic building or DIY skills that would be beneficial for some of the restoration activities. If you have an interest in working and training horses that would also be helpful. We are always grateful for people who are experienced with horses. However if you are ore comfortable just using a paintbrush or sweeping the yard you are just as valuable so thank you.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Own room in an original 200 yr old Irish cottage. Internet access. Share large family bathroom and cosy living area with wood burning stove. Project is ongoing converting a second pre-famine stone house into accommodation for visitors so the old dairy may be ready for your stay.
    There is a large fully equipped family kitchen with dish washer, washing machine and dryer etc etc. We are willing to provide meals at no cost . If you would like to prepare your own food now and then to share your cuisine that is fine. We can accommodate vegetarians , vegans and special diets.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hrs per day . 4 days per week

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