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Learn and work with horses in a natural way on a horse farm that offers no riding. With us you can really connect with horses as animals with intrinsic value and learn more about ethical animal keeping and training.
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cocinar para toda la familia
We offer a kind, compassionate environment that is good for horses and people.
The way we handle our horses is all non violent and based on mutual respect. All the activities and training we do with our horses is based on the horses voluntary participation. Our horses are kept naturally, living outside in a herd 24/7 with constant access to roughage. This allows for very interesting observations of the herd and understanding of the natural behavior of horses. The horses presence itself is healing, and we actively encourage you to spend time with the herd and enjoy their company and healing presence.
We also have plenty of very interesting books on law of attraction, manifesting, spirituality, energy healing and of course science based horse training that you are welcome to read on your free time. A selection of different oracle cards are available too should you enjoy reading cards.
The town of Alcoutim is within walking distance and has a really nice typical portuguese feel to it. It is not a touristy trash place, but a genuine Portuguese riverside town. You can take a river boat taxi across the river to visit the Spanish town on the other side too.
We run a non ridden horse farm in the south of Portugal, right by the border with Spain. We have 11 horses, 2 large dogs and 3 cats at the farm, so no two days are the same! You do not necessarily need previous experience with horses, but an enthusiastic and compassionate attitude towards animals is a must!
The farm is run by a couple who are about to have a baby, which of course means more hands on deck are needed with the work on the farm.
We run a small business on site, where clients come to enjoy time with the horses or learn about horse training or natural horsekeeping. We also offer lead rein riding for small children as a family activity. Please note, Workawayers are not expected to participate in any of the business activities with clients - your help is needed in the day to day care of the horses and housework only.
The tasks here are not physically very demanding, but we are looking for responsible and reliable people to help with duties such as;
Preparing the horses feed and feeding them twice daily
Cleaning a small section of their 7ha paddock daily (usually no more than a couple of wheelbarrow loads)
General housework duties such as hoovering, vegetarian cooking and tidying up.
Walking the dogs
Generally, the days start at 7.30am with feeding the horses and spreading out their daytime hay, walking the dogs and general tidy up around the house and the farm. The morning duties are usually all done by 9am, if we start at around 7.30am.
Every day, during the day you will have free time from 9am to 4.30pm to focus on your own work, head to the river beach or hang out in the hammock with the horses. You are not required to stay on the farm during the day.
The evening work consist of feeding the horses, spreading out the hay for nighttime and preparing their morning feeds. We spread the hay by car and a small trailer, so ideally you are comfortable driving a car slowly around the farm.
The evening feeding starts at 4.30pm and takes about 1,5h.
In the evenings, we share the joy of cooking for everyone, usually hosts cook every other day and volunteers cook every other day, so it is a fair share!
We are looking to host two to three people.
Ideally you are positive people with a responsible attitude and some experience in farm animal care. You need to be able to drive a car, as some of your duties will include driving a vehicle around the farm.
It's great if you take initiative to get things done without having to be reminded! Sweeping the floors in the house and emptying the dishwasher for example are little jobs you can always do that will not take long to do but make a big difference.
We would like to have you here for at least 3 weeks, as it takes time to fully learn and become confident in everything.
NOTE - This horse farm is NON RIDDEN - horse riding is not at all possible here with our horses. We run a small business related to the horses on site, but workawayers are not expected to participate in any activities with clients.
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You will be living in the same farmhouse as the hosts, sleeping in a shared bedroom with max 3 volunteers in the same room.
There is plenty of communal space to hang out in, inside and outside so it is easy to find space to be on your own too.
There is fast wifi available. We share the rest of the house; kitchen and bathroom and lounge are all communal areas. The rooms are kept clean and tidy and we do not allow smoking inside the house. Dogs and cats live inside the house too but you do not have to let them into your room.
You can help yourself to food when you are hungry. We tend to cook at least one hot meal per day to eat together, and very often the dinner leftovers make for a nice lunch the next day. We are "almost vegan" vegetarians, we eat cheese and eggs still but do not really use any other animal products. You are of course welcome to eat what you please, but the house supplies are mostly limited to veggie goods. We try to be accommodating to your tastes and requirements within reason.
The farm is run by a Finnish - Portuguese couple with an absolute passion for horses and caring for them naturally. We are easygoing and flexible, as long as the animals are well cared for.
The horses 7ha paddock surrounds the house, so the nature and the horses here are really on your doorstep!
The farm is located within a walking distance from a riverside town of Alcoutim. The town has all your basic needs, small supermarket, pharmacy, restaurants and coffee shops as well as a very cute riverbeach and bar. We have direct access to marked footpaths so should you be a keen hiker, there are plenty of dirt tracks and paths for nice walks in the area. There is a river boat taxi service across the river to Spain and they hire out kayaks, jet skis and bicycles too.
Public transport around here is not great at all, but you are welcome to join us on our shopping trips to Spain or to the other big towns nearby as and when they happen. Occasionally we like shopping in the local charity shops too, so if this is something you enjoy, you are totally welcome to join us!
The nearest beaches and bigger towns are all about 30min drive away.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
You will have plenty of time in between farm work to focus on your own work. We have a fast wifi here and good mobile signal too.
We have space and can provide a plug in for standard size campervan.
Más de dos
Around 3,5h hours a day, 21h a week.
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