Work&ride: help at the horse farm
Description: Equestrian and tourist complex is located in the village of Orekhovo, Ryazan region, away from the bustle of the city. Around it there are only the untouched nature of the Oka reserve, fascinating pine forests, birch groves, forests, fields filled with flowers and fragrant herbs, rivers with clean water. There is a stable for 8 horses on the territory. All horses are very well-groomed, healthy, kind and affectionate. At any time, they can be approached, stroked, hand-fed sugar or carrots. This project to some extent revived the dying village of Orekhovo, giving the opportunity to people who used to the city life to feel real land, manual labour, see gardens, fields, horses, cows and true nature.
Type of Work: Volunteers will take the following duties: work with horses (to clean, to take to the pasture); help with the preparation of fodder; preparation of horse fences for the transfer of horses in the paddocks; repair of fences, preparation of poles; cleaning the remains of old manure; probably it will be necessary to dig the ditches for deepening ponds and complete other tasks on the territory (planting hedges, preparing the garden for next year). Work about 5-6 hours a day with weekends.
Study Theme: Volunteers can learn to ride, learn the habits of horses, understand how horses actually live, to get to know more about rural life and different aspects of living in a Russian village. In the spare time, many activities are planned: horse- riding on scenic routes, visiting the nurseries of bison and cranes of the Oka reserve, visiting the Museum of rural life and the Museum of nature, swimming in the river, kayaking and many others!
Accommodation: Camping camp: 2-person and 3-person tent will be provided. You can bring your sleeping bag and mat, but they can be provided as well. There are organic toilets and summer showers (with solar and electric heating). In case of bad weather conditions there are all necessary facilities in the building. Volunteers will be provided with all basic products, cooking in the groups. There is a shop nearby that can be visited to buy sweet treats for you (and favourite horse) every few days :)
Requirements: Preliminary knowledge on horse-caring is not required, but interest in the subject will be a big asset!
Approximate Location: Ryazan region, Orekhovo village (300 km from Moscow). All participants will be met at the bus stop near Ryazan and taken to the campsite.
Notes: Please keep in mind that entrance to museums and cultural sights is paid by volunteers.