A small family stable with 6-8 horses and ponies is looking for a happy, hardworking, direct, strong, reliable and honest friend. We need help with babysitting, horse grooming, basic farm maintenance and if interested also with horse riding and training.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We are a small family stable and riding school for children with 6-8 horses and ponies. We have a small team competing in pony games (mounted games). Occasionally we start young horses or provide therapy for "problem" horses or ponies. We work according to principles of natural horsemanship, positive reinforcement and academic dressage. We teach our ponies and children circus tricks, basic stunt work and all sorts of fun stuff like that. With children, we work according to french Galops and Kali Kiger PonyPros program.
During the year you can meet many very interesting and inspiring people, some come just for a short visit, some stay for several days or weeks. We have a workshop for producing bows, arrows, and LARP weapons. We sew costumes for LARPs and living history. We have a leather workshop. So there is a lot of things you can try or learn, if somebody finds time to show you - if interested, we recommend longer visits :)
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking for someone to help with work around the stable - grooming and feeding the ponies, cleaning (and repairing, if needed) the stables and the pasture. If you are an experienced horse person, you can help start young ponies (groundwork). If you are a small and experienced horse person, you can also help with training under saddle (flat work and work in the terrain).
If interested, we also welcome watching our boys (7, 5, 2 and 0 years) while I work with horses or give lessons. If you are a creative person, you can try to do some English with them (the eldest is partly homeschooled). Since our farm is quite small and there is not that much regular work, you can either help around the house (there is a lot to do:) or household (cooking, some laundry, cleaning and organising stuff etc.), or you can do quickly the work around the horses and then do some traveling or work on your other projects in free time.
There are many activities you can help with, if interested - larping, fencing, archery and horseback archery, trick riding, mounted games trainings and competitions, dressage and other events with ponies, starting young ponies and horses, helping with summer camps, photo or video shooting etc. It all depends on your interests AND part of the year you decide to visit us.
Since 2018 we have a 7ha forest near Duba (district Ceska Lipa) and we move with the ponies there for the summer and we hold there LARP events and summer camps. And we go there quite often to cut some of the trees, plant new ones and do a lot of other work. So you can also help us there, especially if you are into permaculture, edible forests and don't mind hard work.
You have a small room at our farm - our farm is still under construction, but we have warm water, good food and wi-fi :)
Bathroom is shared with other helpers, if there are any.
We cook and generally also eat together, everyone who eats with us has to cook every month at least once, so that all the cooking isn't only on Hana. Vegetarian, gluten free and other diets are not a problem. Vegan is a little complicated, since milk, cheese and eggs are a really common part of our food. But we buy stuff from local farmes and neighbours, and products from welfare treated animals.
If you prefer to cook for yourself, it's not a problem. There are two little grocery shops in our village and big supermarkets in nearby Rakovnik (11km).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have wi-fi in the whole house and part of our backyard. Connection speed is cca 30 Mb/s download and cca 3 Mb/s upload.
There is plenty of space to park campervans or motorhomes. It should be possible to connect to electricity, 220V (Maybe even 380V? I would have to check with my husband :) ). Water would be complicated, but it is no problem to use one of the two bathrooms in our house.
Small pets are no problem, place for horses and ponies can be arranged. Dogs only small or female - we have a big dog and he sometimes stars fights with other big male dogs in his terrirory.
More than two
Min. 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
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