Our Training & Rehabilitation Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit home for horses at the end of the line. They are either old, injured, abused or corrupt. Here they receive love, medical and nutritional care, retraining to a new job and purpose; a dialogue so people can communicate with them, and relationship with people they can trust so the horses can thrive and have a meaningful life. We have found that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person, however, for as much as we help th em, we always seem to be the ones who benefit most from these amazing horses! We also incorporate Nature and Arts/Crafts into our work here. It is lots of work, but we feel it's well rewarded!
Since it is a horse facility, most of the work here involves mucking (cleaning up and dumping manure) from pastures, stalls and turnouts; replacing bedding (wood pellets that get soft when wet); checking/cleaning/refilling water troughs; sweeping barns, helping prepare bins of grain and supplements for each horse; feeding hay, helping water the arena and maintain it's footing and edges by raking the footing back into the arena; and grooming, moving and working/riding/driving horses (based on experience.) We do natural horsemanship; English, Western, Trail, Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, and Combined Driving, so the horses can be happy in their work/play. Some lessons are also given here but we are not a lesson or a boarding facility. Here, the horses come first!
We have a room in our home with a Queen sized bed, work out equipment, and an adjoining bathroom. There is access to outside from the room, or into the main house. Laundry and kitchen facilities included. Food will be available and some daily meals can be provided. Television is available in another nearby building that houses an arts and crafts area as well. References would be required!
The Willamette Valley in Oregon is lush and agriculturally prolific, centrally located to the international airport in Portland, Oregon's largest city, and home of beautiful Mt. Hood (11,200+ ft.), a Cascade Mt. peak; and Mt. St. Helens, an active volcano that blew in the 1980s and is now a national park. We are just 1 1/2 hrs. from the spectacular, rugged, Oregon Coast; the Columbia River Gorge, gateway to Eastern Oregon and the famous Pendleton rodeo; huge wilderness areas; and 3 hrs. from Central Oregon which is high desert with an altitude of 4000 ft. and home of many more Cascade mountains and famous clear lakes, rivers and streams, as well as unique museums featuring the area's Native American history and the geology of this volcanic area with craters, lava flows and caves. Southern Oregon features the Shakespeare Festival. Oregon is famous for its endless recreation: fishing (ocean or fresh water); world class golf courses, brew pubs, skiing/snow shoeing/snowboarding/snomobiling; hiking, mountain and road biking; camping, whitewater river rafting, kayaking, waterskiing, horseback riding, exciting cuisine, and more! It rains a lot in winter in the Willamette Valley, with lovely Fall, Spring and Summer seasons that offer a variety of climates and conditions. It is a big state, and public transportation is not always easy to find/use, as there are large expanses between cities in some areas. There are lots of museums, art galleries, and music festivals and our town does have mass transit into Portland.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two