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We are a young family with 2 kids and have a cattle ranch in Alberta where we do as much as possible horseback. Horse experience is welcome and an asset, but not a must. There are many other chores to do which does not involve riding. We also have a horse facility: training, boarding and lessons/clinics. We enjoy meeting new people and we have had many great helpers over the last 10 years; from Switzerland, Australia, Austria, France, Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, Denmark and Mexico. We can get you in touch with some of our previous helpers if you would like to hear about their experience at our place.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Learn English and learn about life on a real working cattle ranch.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You would be helping out with a little bit of everything: feeding horses, cleaning a few paddocks, cleaning the barn, brush/saddle horses in training, checking water systems for cattle, help around the house, painting, mowing, fencing, taking care of our other animals (cats, dogs, chickens) and anything that comes up.
If interested, there will also be plenty of opportunity to come with us to ride horses and help move cows, check herds etc. However how often or what you ride will depends on how well you ride. We won’t let you ride any horses you are not ready for. I do expect help in the house but nothing major, just help like doing dishes, preparing supper etc.
We do need someone who can work independently and doesn't need to be told all the time. We are a family ranch, so it's just us working here. We are easy going, and we love helpers who want to learn and want to be involved, want to be out there with us and have a “can do” and "what can I help with" attitude.
This is not a guest ranch, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, this is not the place. If you think it’s going to be like McLeod’s daughter’s or Yellowstone, this won’t be the place either. This is a real working ranch, and things don’t always go as seen on TV.
private bedroom in house or RV
We live close to a small town, we have had workers who liked going to church on Sunday. We are more than happy to connect you with people there. Elk Island national park is about 20 min drive from here, and Blackfoot Provincial park is about 10 min from here. We live about 45min from Edmonton. During the summer there are lots of rodeos and ranch rodeos in the area.
Public transport is pretty much non existent, so if you want to go out and see things, you might want to either rent a car or buy one. We do not make special trips, but when possible you are welcome to hitch a ride when we go somewhere.
Since we raise beef, we eat a lot of meat. Sorry, no vegetarians since it gets too confusing for the kids.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
Possibly, please discuss it with us.
Varies (maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week)