Help on a small horse farm in Quebec doing chores, maintenance and gardening. Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small farm with 1 horse and 6 ponies, 3 dogs and 5 cats. We do relationship-based natural horsemanship with our horses and go in parades and other events. I teach groundwork, bitless riding and liberty. We like to think of our horses as partners rather than telling them what to do all the time.

    Our organic farm is a 10 minute drive from Rigaud and offers a view of Rigaud Mountain, trees and fields, with a small river. Our log house was built in 1853 and, as such, is older than Canada itself. We have been doing extensive renovations to give it a new foundation and another bedroom and recreation room downstairs.

    The air conditioned/heated barn is divided in half. The older side (100+ years) houses a lounge where I make halters, ropes and leather goods for horses, a kitchen, bathroom and nice bedroom. The newer side (75+ years) houses the horses and ponies, with 8 stalls, feed room and laundry facilities. It opens into an outdoor arena.

    The horses live outside in pens with their buddies 24/7 during the spring, summer and fall. During the winter they stay outside as a herd during the day and come in at night or during bad weather. I am 65 and have had horses since I was 10. I met my husband while I was cooking for a bicycle tour company (he was one of the German guests). He liked my cooking. He moved to Canada so we could be together. He works for an IT company with an office in Montreal.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer room and board plus lots of play and riding time with the horses. I speak English and my husband speaks German and English. We are close to Ottawa and Montreal and take our visitors to historical and cultural sites in the area. We grow most of our own vegetables and eat only organic meat grown by our friends. In addition to the ponies, we have cats and husky sled dogs. In the summer we raise our own meat chickens. Most of our visitors from overseas come on a visitor visa and are not allowed to be paid. We exchange relationship-based natural horsemanship lessons, trail rides, meals, accommodation and pay entry fees for cultural sites for work on the farm.

  • Help

    Help

    We are a small hobby farm. I teach relationship-based natural horsemanship. We need help with the ponies (feeding, cleaning pens/stalls, hauling hay) and doing maintenance and upkeep on the farm, ie. replacing fences, organic gardening.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a nice bedroom with a double bed in the air conditioned/heated barn with bathroom, kitchen and lounge. We have several barn cats living in the lounge (not the bedroom). Food is mostly organic and cooked at home following an adapted Keto diet. We do not eat a standard North American diet.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a bus/train connection with Montreal which is easy to access during the week if you want to see the old port, theatres, galleries, etc. For time off, you can play with the horses, go on trail rides, etc. During the winter there is a small ski hill 3 kms from the farm or lots of fields for x-country skiing, snowshoeing, or dog sledding. There is an adventure park nearby for climbing through treetops, etc. How about hiking our mountain or stopping at the sugar shack for a typical Quebecois meal? We are also on a bicycle route. It is fairly easy to access our capital city, Ottawa, by bus. You can tour the Parliament Buildings, Art Galleries, Royal Mint, RCMP Musical Ride Training Centre and much more. We often like to take our visitors to the Eco Museum Zoo to see animals native to the St. Laurence Valley or to Omega Park, a safari type drive through park housing wildlife indigenous to Canada such as wolves, bears, elk, moose, buffalo.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

barn bedroom
barn bedroom
Qimmiq, Aki and Tera
Grazing in the garden
Two interns from Germany.
Traditional Quebecois meal at a sugar shack.
Winter riding trails.
Our farm Christmas 2017.
Wolves at the Eco Museum.
Our kitties on the couch in front of the woodstove.
Clippi and Kathy at Horsemanship Trials.
Sprocket and Deanna Christmas Parade 2017
Kathy and Johann
Playing at liberty
Kathy and Clippi





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