We have hundreds of hosts around the country that love hosting Internex horse workers. There are many different types of horse farms including equestrian, racing, harness, polo and some others.
The majority of our participants on this program are interested in equestrian riding and can work from September until April, have been riding for most of their lives and have a love of horses. Some hosts like you to work 100% of the time with the horses however, others may prefer for you to be involved in other parts of the farm or to help out more with the children. When you have your first consultation with an Internex supervisor we can work out which kind of placement would be best suited to you, given your level of experience and motivations.
Farm hosts require a good level of experience to be able to ride their horses and this will be determined by the video provide in your application and will be at the discretion of the farmer. You may have the opportunity to travel and sometimes compete at horse shows on this program.
If you have at least 2 years full-time or equivalent horse experience you can choose to stay for up to 24 weeks. If you don’t have the required experience, or are unable to come at the start of the season or last the full season, or you are travelling in New Zealand and are wanting to learn about farm life in New Zealand but do not want the additional work expectations, then you may prefer our Farm Volunteer program for 4 – 20 weeks depending on your visa allowance. If you are unsure you can send out team an Enquiry and we can help you work out which program will be best for you to apply for.
Tasks are varied and change from week to week and season to season. However, typical tasks include;
Handing young horses
Helping with riding lessons
Loading / uploading horses on the float
Shampooing / washing horses
Preparing horses for shows
Helping on competition days
Taking horses to and from the paddock
Other general cleaning and farm work around the yard
Other jobs around the farm with other animals
Helping with children
If you are required to work at horse shows this may include getting horses ready for the riders, cleaning, providing general assistance etc. However, traveling to the show, cooking, watching competitions and going to events at the show is not considered work. Work does not include riding (unless jockeying), lessons, competing, or learning about something new such as changing a shoe or watching a vaccinating etc.
While living on the property you’re also required to help with an additional domestic duties which are considered your everyday household chores and are not considered work. For example; preparing and cooking meals, cleaning and washing your clothes, vacuuming, keeping your bedroom and living areas tidy, going grocery shopping and feeding the pets.
The purpose of this program is to be more than just a farm job and so we aim to place you with a family that is interested in sharing their home with you. Some farm workers have their own bedroom in the main family home and share all living facilities. This develops your relationship with the family as you tend to spend a lot of time together. Your host will also invite you to attend social/family gatherings with them.
If you are more independent or travelling with friends some hosts may have separate accommodation for workers, especially on bigger or more remote farms. This results in having more independence and you tend to spend your time with other workers than with the family. During your online consultation with your INTERNeX placement supervisor you can stipulate which living arrangement you prefer and INTERNeX will find the most suitable arrangement for you.
Your food includes 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and most meals will be shared with your host family. You are expected to help in the kitchen and contribute with the cooking. If you would like snack food such as chocolate, soft drink, potato chips you will need to purchase this yourself. If you are living in separate accommodation with other farm workers your host will supply food for you that you can cook yourself or will provide you with $100.00 per week allowance or supermarket vouchers.
Most families have WIFI that you can use for basic use such as contacting your family, checking emails, occasional Skype calls. Please ensure you ask your host family before using the WIFI as some locations have very limited reception and high usage charges. You will also be able to buy data for your mobile phone / device. You must have permission from your host family to bring alcohol onto the farm and also at your own expense. Any special dietary requirements, e.g. Almond milk, gluten free bread, vegetarian or vegan foods are also at your own cost. Any illegal behaviour is cause for dismissal from the employer.