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Welcome to Horsefarmjobs – Ride the World

What is the Grading System?

For Farms and Volunteers to find suitable members depending on the need and the individuals level of expertise, we have designed a Grading system as below.

  1. Basic knowledge, willing to clean stables/groom etc – needs induction and support training.
  2. Basic knowledge, willing to clean stables/groom etc – needs induction, support training, can catch a horse, halter, tie up, pick out feet, basic riding
  3. Some knowledge, needs induction and support training, can catch and halter a horse, pick out feet, groom, saddle up, generally handle
  4. Confident around horses, at least 2 years experience, handling horses, some riding, can feed, make up hay nets, can supervise junior staff
  5. Confident around horses, at least 2 years experience, handling horses, riding, feed/hay/supervise staff, some veterinary first aid, can identify signs of colic, deal with minor injuries
  6. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) – strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations
  7. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) – strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations – can lunge, exercise, ride out
  8. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) – strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations
  9. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) – strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations including young stock, energetic horses, stallions, ride well within my disciplines
  10. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) – strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations including young stock, energetic horses, stallions, ride well within my discipline and show

Over time as members hook up there will be testimonials and references which will endorse the grading – if you wish to provide any feedback on this please contact us !

Who pays for my travel costs?

The host will normally collect you from your arrival point and it is good to check this when confirming your stay. Costs of travelling from your starting point to the nearest end point (airport/rail or bus station) is borne by yourself unless otherwise arranged in writing with your host

What is my accommodation going to be like?

This varies hugely from farm to farm from rustic where a farm is being re-modelled to luxury at the high end of the market. Again, check with the host – particularly check showering and bathing and cooking arrangements.

Transport Locally

Many farms will drive you into local towns – some will loan you their farm vehicles – so make sure you take your licence with you and any insurance documents. In your free time, you may be able to use the farm vehicle, and you would usually be asked to fund the vehicle fuel for personal trips. Again a detail to sort out on arrival. Please check the state of any vehicle in terms of tyre wear, oil and water and brakes to protect yourself. Please do not drive a trailer or horse lorry unless you have experience and your licence permits you to do so.

What about Insurance?

You can see ads on our site here for travel insurance but shop around for good deals; make sure you are cleared to ride horses under the terms of the policy

Visa Requirements

Check the Visa requirements which will be dependent on your nationality, place of residence and destination.

Aside from ‘usual’ horse duties what other duties might I have to do?

Discuss this with your host – also the number of hours you are expected to work.

Hours of Work

Normally, you would be expected to work approximately 6 hours a day for 5 days a week – any additional hours should be agreed between you and your host before you confirm your assignment with the host

Will I be paid for my time

You are working around 6 hours a day in return for food, more riding experience and accommodation. Again, if you are asked to do additional hours, clarify the basis for this with your host before hand.

Do I have to stay for a particular length of time?

No, but the average stay is 3 weeks, sometimes hosts simply need a weeks work for sick cover or preparation for a show. Farms will be counting upon you to stay, so please try to stick to the time booked or help them arrange a substitute for you if you have to leave at short notice (family emergency or similar)

Can I take holiday days

Normal arrangement would be 5 or 6 days working and then 1 or 2 days off, but the timing of the ‘off’ days can vary according to the needs of the farm (shows etc)

Food and drink

All food and drink is provided by the Host – they might ask you to contribute if, for example, you wish to buy large quantities of exotic fruit or expensive chocolate ! Again, discuss with your host before you travel. Do let them know if you have any special dietary needs

Mobile Phones

Most farms have wifi or at least internet access – buying a local SIM card can save a great deal of money although most of our Rideaways use Skype

Medical

You may wish to take out medical insurance – one important thing is for you to advise your host of any physical problems or limitations before you commit to an assignment; for example a spinal/disk problem or hay allergy could interfere with your ability to carry out the necessary duties

Our Grading System

  1. Basic knowledge, willing to clean stables/groom etc - needs induction and support training.
  2. Basic knowledge, willing to clean stables/groom etc - needs induction, support training, can catch a horse, halter, tie up, pick out feet, basic riding
  3. Some knowledge, needs induction and support training, can catch and halter a horse, pick out feet, groom, saddle up, generally handle
  4. Confident around horses, at least 2 years experience, handling horses, some riding, can feed, make up hay nets, can supervise junior staff
  5. Confident around horses, at least 2 years experience, handling horses, riding, feed/hay/supervise staff, some veterinary first aid, can identify signs of colic, deal with minor injuries
  6. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations
  7. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations - can lunge, exercise, ride out
  8. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations
  9. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations including young stock, energetic horses, stallions, ride well within my disciplines
  10. Confident around horses, a lot of experience with handling, riding, feeding/can oversee a farm, some veterinary experience ie colic signs, minor injuries, can prepare horses for show (plaiting etc) - strip clean tack, load horses, attend at shows, handle horses in most situations including young stock, energetic horses, stallions, ride well within my discipline and show

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