Horse care and guided horseback riding in Luang Prabang, Laos

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    Dear Workawayers,

    I am pleased to introduce myself, my name is Saita Aurore and I am living in Luang Prabang, Laos for 8 years now.
    I am French lao women and I build the first and only horse-riding stable in Luang Prabang Laos.

    My place is a horse-riding school which allow mainly children to discover the beautiful lao countryside situated in a green sanctuary along the NamKhan river.


    I am currently looking for someone who can take good care of my animals.
    We have 5 Hmong ponies. & newly arrived 1 mixed breed young mare
    It is a small horse-riding stables it not very complicate job, we just need 1 person to help our Horseman Khamphou.

    What's the job about and what it includes :
    Maximum 5 hours working per day across morning and afternoon.
    2 meals are included
    Accommodation in our staff house in a single bed in a single room
    Bicycle at disposal for you
    Daily care of the horses : feeding, grooming, control the hooves of the horses, train the ponies, clean the stables, maintain the stables, clean the horseriding equipment, gardening around the stables.
    Every Wednesday and Weekends we give horse-riding classes to children from 3 to 16 years old. If you are qualify you will assist to give the class.

    During June, July and August we organize Pony Camp Holidays with the children group of maximum 10 children and you will be in charge to take care of the horses as well as the pony camp organization, activities with the children, animation, theme activities, swimming in the river, kayaking/ tubing and more.
    This a very good experience for you.
    If you are here during the pony camp holidays we will pay you a salary (lao base rate) in regards of the number of participants to the pony camp holidays.

    Note that you are not alone working at the stables, Khamphou is our horseman and he is managing the horses and the stables. You need to be ok to work with a Lao man. We also have a cooker Mrs Gnern she is from the nearby village and come to cook for the staff and sometimes the guest.

    During your free time we are located only 15 minutes from the city center of Luang Prabang you will be able to enjoy the UNESCO world Heritage city.
    Wonder around the beautiful countryside of Laos.
    Visit Kuang Si waterfalls, Tad se Waterfalls and Pak ou cave. We often organize trip to this famous places with the Ecolodge Resort so that you can join in our guest group.

    Let me introduce you our Hmong ponies :

    Hmong ponies belongs to Hmong ethnies in Laos, the Hmong people leave remotely in the mountains of Laos.
    So this horses adapted to their environment and their people, they have a size of 1m50 maximum but are very strong and can carry rice bags up to 60 kilos.
    We do not use them to carry rice but we teach lao children to take care of their ponies and use them as leisure horses.
    We have 5 Hmong horses at the stables, this is their names :

    Ganapi, approximately 7 years old, our best train pony, she goes everywhere, scared of nothing, just love humans and life. Very well behave girl can do many things and is the best partner for children beginner.

    Gazpacho, approximately 7 years old, is a big boy castrated late when we got him. Was in a poor shape and have an amazing story of survival. He loves children, loves that we take care of him and he loves his other companion. He is a lovely boy that you will for sure fell in love with. A bit scared of plastic bags on the pathways tho :)

    Hadiya, approximately 6 years old, she is our special horse, she is very very very sensitive. A great companion when she trust you but she is sensitive and need a lot of love and trust from us human. She is good with children with more experience. It is our best jumping horses.

    Ina, approximately 4 years old, she is green but amazing. She learn very fast and she is very cute et devoted. She is an good with children but she only have 1 year experience of being train and ride so so much to do more.
    She can go everywhere and she is not scared of much. Very sure foot, she is the tallest of our horses.

    Kalypso, approximately 3 years old, is our baby boy, castrated, newly train and a little stubborn but very sweet he likes to walk around and graze grass with his goat sisters. He listen properly, follow very well and he can be touch everywhere and like to shower, brush and trot on. Very naughty boy with his big brother Gazpacho.

    Lucy, we call her Lulu, she is approximately 2 years old only and do not belong to me but a lao local that put her on livery at my stables to be trained and to get her foal.. Yes she is unfortunately already pregnant despite her young age and very very very green. She will only be manipulated by experience riders as she has much to learn.

    So just for you to understand that we love our horses here, it is not a big school. We just are passionate people who train horses bareback, without bridle, without bit in the mouth. We like ethology teaching and we look forward for someone to increase the skills of our ponies in this way.
    We like liberty work, jumping, dressage and horseback riding in the lao countryside. We can bring you for amazing ride and pic nic in Chomphet district or Pik Noy district while you'll be working with us. The young ones needs to be train to the truck and be riden in the countryside.

    Best profile for us would be a girl not to heavy and not to tall to be able to train our horses. But anyone with experience with horses is very welcome.
    WE DO NOT ACCEPT couples, so please do not even ask as we do not have the possibility to accommodate you only 1 single bed available in 1 staff room.

    Looking forward to read you ALL,

    Sincerely yours,
    Aurore Saita

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are situated at only 15 min from the historic city center of Luang prabang you will be able to enjoy the local lao lifestyle, discover the city and the lao culture, eat and cook lao food, go around Luang Prabang and discover the famous Kuang Si waterfalls or any other activities in this wonderful city part of Unesco Heritage.

  • Help


    The help consist of looking after our ponies. It is not difficult but need daily check.
    Animals are in our stables. It is only 5 ponies.

    The help is split across morning and afternoon. During midday you are free to enjoy your own time.

    You will have to feed them, control the water, clean them and make sure they aren't hurt.
    An experience rider is well appreciate as our ponies are still young and need some training.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Lao: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You will have a single bed in a private room at the stables.
    Bathroom is a shared bathroom with proper toilet and shower.
    Kitchen, you can even cook your own meals.
    Washing machine at disposal
    A bicycle will be at your disposal as well during your stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your free time as I am in the city center you will have everything at disposal to enjoy the city and around.
    Go to visit Kuang Si Waterfalls, Tad Sae Waterfalls
    Experience the elephant while going to a respect company Mandalao Elephant Sanctuary
    Enjoy a zip line at Nahm Dong park or Lao Green Jungle park
    Experience the rice field at Living land.
    Many different activities are around and Luang Prabang is a wonderful city to spent time and discover the lao culture and history.

  • 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

    The stable is a 4 hectares property so we could easily park your campervans near by the stables.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are animal friendly so we definitely accept pet but they have to be under your supervision because we have many animals too.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 718724866337

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