Working (Horse-Care) Holidays
If your idea of heaven is just being around horses, or you want to learn more about their general day to day care this could be the ideal holiday for you! It's a chance to have a real hands on experience, spending all day enjoying the company of horses.
We are a very friendly small yard and after a short induction, you will be treated very much as part of the team. All abilities are welcome - you do not even need to be able to ride as we will help you to gain basic riding skills (up to canter at least) during your stay! Unfortunately we are only able to offer working holidays for over 16's unless accompanied by a parent.
Non-riding partners and friends are welcome and there is plenty for them to do around the area, including fantastic mountain bike tracks and golf courses. See out other things to do page for more ideas. An average day will start with breakfast for humans and horses, followed by the inevitable mucking out. Once this is done the more pleasant tasks follow - catching, grooming, tacking up, helping out on rides and riding out!
At some point around the middle of the day, we will stop for lunch, either at the yard or on the trail. Depending on weather we may ride for one to four hours a day, which may be split into two sessions. When we finish riding, the horses are untacked, checked and groomed, then after a short break it's time for feeding and bedding down for the night, before we finish for the day and head inside for our evening meal.
Other tasks might involve bathing the horses, tack cleaning, helping with young-stock etc We try not to work you too hard and give you as much time as possible to spend time riding and enjoying the horses. Our philosophy is get the mucky jobs done then have some fun!
During our quieter times of year, from October to the end of May, we are able to offer very reasonably priced working holidays. Accommodation at this time of year can be in our home, where you will be our guest, and we will provide all meals. We have a twin or double room available (which can be used for single occupancy.) The rooms have their own television and tea and coffee making facilities and use of a shared bathroom with shower. We have free WiFi or you can use our computer by arrangement.
From May to October when we are busy, the rooms at the house are taken by our summer staff so we are unable to offer accommodation here. However we can still offer working holidays, but you need to provide your own accommodation. Lunch will be provided by us, leaving you to make your own arrangements for breakfast and evening meals. Should you wish to arrange your own accommodation, (there are local campsites, self catering lodges, B&B's and Hotels) we can offer Horse-Care holidays at a very reduced rate.
|7 nights, 6 days accomodation with us.||Full board (Twin room)||£240 per person|
|Full board (Single occupancy)||£340 per person|
7 nights, 6 days Arranging your own accommodation
|None - lunch provided||£160 per person|
Other durations and types of accommodation can be arranged - please ask for details
Calling all ParentsDo you have a horse-mad child, nagging you day and night, begging for a pony of their own? Not very 'horsey' yourself and don't know what is involved? Why not take them on one of our working holidays? We can offer parent and child holidays, where you can both gain more experience in horsecare. Please call for details.....
Although on the booking form we ask for a £200 deposit, this is unneccesary for the working holidays, so please just disregard! We just ask for a £50 deposit on the working holidays and the balance can be paid on arrival.
To complete a booking form click here this can be emailed or posted to us. Deposits can be paid on the Booking your holiday page or below via PayPal or by cheque or transfer and the balance can be paid on arrival or just before arrival. Please email or phone us to check availability before paying deposits.