Come and give us a hand on our countryside horse rescue farm, North Yorkshire Moors, UK


United Kingdom


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  • Description


    We are a horse and pony rescue and re homing Charity based on a small farm in Scarborough.
    The farm is home to 26 horses. We take horses in and train them so that they can go to new homes when they are ready.
    As well as the daily routine of looking after horses, we are currently doing jobs on the land, including tree planting, repairing farm buildings, building wood fences, painting and similar activities.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Animal care
    Charity work

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are located in a lovely quiet part of the countryside, in your free time you can enjoy the nearby woodland walks, or spend time with our horses - they roam freely in our fields and like meeting new people.

    The horses here live as natural life as possible, so do not normally live in stables - they live outside in happy herds. We train the horses using horse - friendly training methods, and are happy to share our skills and knowledge - please be aware that this needs to be in your own time - we are not a college and cannot teach you during the working day!

    We are pleased to share our ways of training and keeping horses healthy and happy, but please do not expect to learn 40 years of knowledge in a few days!

  • Help


    We are looking for happy, motivated people who are flexible, adaptable, enjoy working outdoors and don't mind working on their own sometimes!
    We don't mind if you do not have previous experience of looking after horses - please just let us know - the most important thing is the willingness to help!

    Minimum stay 2 weeks, maximum stay is 6 weeks, though sometimes this can sometimes be for longer by agreement - we do have students on internships for longer periods of time.

    We currently have space for someone who can provide practical help with general jobs around the farm, including gardening, tree planting, yard work, fence repairs etc.


    If you have experience of looking after horses, feeding, rugging up, bringing in from the field etc. we would be happy to have your help. Please note - we do NOT provide horse riding lessons and there are no horses available for riding!

    When applying to visit us, please tell us your skills, previous work experience, interests and likes and dislikes so that we can find the right people to help us and make sure we find you jobs which you will enjoy doing.

    We are located in an old farm situated in a very quiet, peaceful rural area 4 miles from the nearest bus stop in the village, and 8 miles from Scarborough town, so are not suitable for people who like the convenience of city life or fast broadband!

    It is quiet here in the evenings, you do need to be happy with your own company in the evenings as we cannot guarantee that you will always have company.

    You will need to provide your own mobile internet if you need internet access while here. We do not have a TV, though we do have a good library of books.

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    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    The accommodation is a single bedroom in a cabin. Cooking is done in the small caravan next to the cabin.
    Our accommodation is basic but comfortable.

    We do not take couples.

    All basic food is supplied and is vegetarian - tea, coffee, cocoa, sugar, milk, fruit squash, rice, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, beans/pulses, bread, nut spreads, jam, margarine, a variety of breakfast cereals, fruit and vegetables in season etc. We also have herbs, spices and cooking ingredients.
    If you require other foods, such as sweets, crisps, meat, fish etc. you will need to provide these yourself!

    The farm is a non smoking area.

    Because of the ongoing renovation work our farm is very untidy - it is also very muddy here when it rains, so you need to be happy with this too.

    We are able to collect Workawayers from the station on arrival in Scarborough, provided this is between the hours of 10am and 6pm.

    Working hours are normally 8.30am until 11.30am and 2pm - 4 pm, five days per week, followed by two days off. Most of the work is outside, so depending on the weather some days will be shorter than others, and some days will be longer, so you do need to be happy to be flexible.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is located within the North York Moors National Park amidst stunning countryside, with many miles of country, coastal and woodland walks from our doorstep. It is ideal for those who enjoy the quiet rural life, and walking or cycling in their spare time.

    Scarborough and nearby Filey are lovely seaside towns with the usual attractions, including nice beaches. We are also close to the historic town of Whitby, and only 40 miles from York, so there is plenty to visit locally.

    By arrangement we can usually provide lifts to the village on your days off, where there are buses to Scarborough, Whitby and further afield. We also have bikes that you can borrow to explore the local area.

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    Hours expected

    max 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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