Work with horses in southern Spain.
Holidays with a difference! Food & accommodation in exchange for working with our horses and maintaining our stables
two weeks working holidays now offered ALL YEAR ROUND.
5 hours working on the ranch each day: mucking out, cleaning tack, exercising horses, helping with children’s lessons etc. We provide food and accommodation. Two hours each day of riding lessons, trekking out, schooling horses and stable management.
What do you pay?
220 euros for 1 wk pp (includes two day’s off each week, meals provided)
378 euros for 2 wk pp (includes two day’s off each week, meals provided)
510 euros for 3 wk pp (includes two day’s off each week, meals provided)
Airport transfer not included (see opposite prices). A bus schedule can be provided.
Basic casita or caravan accommodation (normally sharing twin bedroom accommodation with another, although private bedroom can be arranged when available) with shared cooking and bathroom facilities.
With our Working Holidays you are paying a set fee. For example, one week Working Holiday = 210 euros, and this guarantees you a minimum of one and half hours riding and tuition each day.
Your accommodation and food are provided in an exchange for your work each day: so you are basically volunteer working in exchange for your food and lodge. If you prefer to choose accommodation near the Ranch and come up each day for your riding and tuition, you would not have to part take in the volunteer work. Obviously you would then pay for the accommodation you have chosen. We can help you choose accommodation near the Ranch.
If you choose to stay on the Ranch, the accommodation is VERY BASIC, but comfortable. This is not the same accommodation as we use for our treks and trail rides. You will be staying in a small casita (like a little dormitory with two single beds) with a kitchen next door, or in a caravan.
The kitchen is shared with some of our farm help too. There is no hot water in the kitchen: we boil the water to wash up. We have an outside compost toilet, and a hot shower in a separate building, which is used by all on the Ranch (normally there are a minimum of 6 other people staying).
We provide the food for breakfasts and lunches, which we ask you to prepare for yourselves. Everyone takes turns to make evening meals: we supply you with the basic ingredients, and a mostly vegetarian diet.
The weather can be warm, so you will need sunscreen and -tshirts.
We normally breakfast before 8am, and start work just after.
A rough Itinerary of a typical working holiday week
Up and breakfasted before 7.30am, feed, water and hay the horses, muck out
Bareback some horses to meadow
Coffee break at 10am
Tack up horses for 2 hour trail ride and ride out with guide
Untack horses, wash down
Bareback back horses from meadow
2nd feed horses 4ish
6pm Free to explore for the rest of the day (eg. take out horse to explore on horse back, or walk down mule track to town or work on horse in school etc.)
6 hours helping out (including help with childrens lessons, schooling new horses, and walking dogs)
One hour lesson and one hour ´joinup lesson´
6pm Free to explore for the rest of the day
Approx. 5 hours helping out (including help with tacking up for ride and schooling new horses, helping cook dinner) plus fast trail ride 6pm Free to explore for the rest of the day
DAY OFF (full day to check out Granada or beaches etc or explore countryside by horse back)
Approx. six hours helping out plus one hour lesson, one hour hack
Approx 5 hours helping out plus……..your Choice: jumping lesson/dressage lesson or riding out or exploring on horseback.
This is a very rough itinerary. Often we have full day trail rides or 3 and 4 day treks, and you may get opportunities to join them.
We ask you to bring with you a copy of your medical and accident insurance that covers you for sports (including horseback riding).