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Hi! We are Erica, Elisabeth and Kris. We are very lucky to have a beautiful farm in a picturesque part of south west Normandy, which we share with a herd of eleven rare Rocky Mountain horses. The farm is less than one kilometre from the village of Ger, and comprises ten hectares of undulating pasture and woodland and three large ponds - two with carp and one for swimming. Erica moved from England to France in 2017 with her horses, and Sarah and David later joined her. They are currently based in the UK again but very much attached to our place. We all agree that the farm, with its abundant natural life and peaceful hidden valley, has a special healing magic. With the help of our Belgian friends Kris and Elisabeth we host groups who come for retreats with horses. We have hosted many helpers from around the world, both here and in our previous life in England, and love to share our farm and get to know such a wonderful variety of people.
As Erica is managing on her own for much of the year, we are needing help from mature people (preferably over 20) who love horses and nature to help with horse care, work on the land and house cleaning. The horses are all individual characters and love to be with people. They are kept out at pasture in a natural herd, with access to shelter if they need it, and are ridden mainly western style, without shoes or bits, using Natural Horsemanship techniques.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendreAide avec des éco-projetsJardinageBricolage et constructionS’occuper des animauxAide dans une fermeAide à la maisonEntretien généralAide informatique/internet
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Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
We are all warm and friendly and love getting to know our guests and helping them to feel at home here. Erica is very passionate and knowledgeable about horses, and many other subjects too. Kris and Elisabeth visit regularly - Kris can teach you various farm skills. Particularly during the summer there are various interesting visitors staying here who come to enjoy the land and the horses.
There are many things to enjoy, including spending quiet time in the beautiful valley and woodland, swimming (in the summer, unless you are very brave!) feeding the carp, sharing conversation around a cosy woodburning stove on winter evenings or a hillside fire in the summer - and, of course, getting to know the horses.
Erica will spend time with you as you familiarise yourself with the horses, and although she is not a qualified riding teacher she may be willing to help with some beginner’s riding, or if you are experienced she may be able to take you on rides out (please note that for various reasons we can’t guarantee that it will always be possible to ride).
The main help we need is maintenance and improvement of our gardens and land (clearing tough weeds to improve the pasture), and regular mucking out of the shelter and paddocks. In the winter there is additional muck clearing and feeding the horses. If you are an experienced rider, exercising our riding horses is a possibility. In addition to our reliable older horses, we have four young horses who are getting used to being ridden, and would especially like to hear from people with some experience of bringing on young horses
We prefer helpers who are mature in experience and attitude and able to take initiative, work independently and happily spend some time on their own. You will need to be physically fit and happy to work outside even if the weather is not perfect (and not afraid of some mud in the winter). Experience with driving a quad bike or tractor and using a large brush cutter would be appreciated.
Most volunteers stay with Erica in her house, sharing her kitchen. She is happy to share meals but expects you to be able to prepare your own food some of the time, and to join in with washing up and cleaning the house. Sometimes in the summer accommodation is in a comfortable caravan with easy access to kitchen and bathroom.
We can collect helpers from the station in Flers (about half an hour away). There are regular trains from Paris, which is 2-3 hours away. There are also buses and trains to Flers from Caen ferry port.
We can take you for visits to nearby places (mediaeval Domfront is worth visiting) and there is good walking and riding (for experienced riders) in the surrounding countryside. Please note that there is no public transport apart from the Flers train station which is half an hour's drive away - so if you come without your own vehicle you will need to be content to spend most of your time enjoying the beautiful local surroundings (we have a bicycle).
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Espace pour garer des vans
There is a parking space near Erica’s house with easy access to electricity, shower room and kitchen.
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Nombre d'heures attendues
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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The quality of care and respect given to the horses is impressive. These animals are some of the best behaved horses I've been around, to a
Elena is an extremely competent, intelligent and wise person
I learned so much during my stay there, not only about how to properly and attentively care for the horses and their land but I also had wonderful conversations in which I learned a great deal about life.
Sarah and Erica are fantastic hosts which made it so easy to work
Not only did I learn about natural horsemanship (creds to Erica for her patience with me), I also gained so much knowledge from all the interesting
I feel so deeply grateful to Sarah, David and Erica for the wonderful time that I spent there.
I went there hoping to find a little rest from living in a loud city and got so much more.
I felt very nourished, energized and
Thank you Sarah, David, Erica , Dave , the horses, Cosmo and the cat. :).
I spent there 7 weeks. It's my first time to leave a feedback on a host's page after 4 workaway experiences.
If you are looking for unique horses to communicate and funny kind nice people to live with, that's your right choice to spend the