Equine care and handling intern

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Pegasus Riding School
4550 Pioneer Trail
Medina, MN
Posted: January 16 2016
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

Pegasus Riding School trains more than just riders. We are a 30 horse all season equine facility that offers the highest standard of care to equine athletes. You can learn every aspect of horse care, farm maintenance and repair, grooming, handling, veterinary assistance, first aid and more. An internship here can lead to many careers with horses from race track to horse show groom, horse farm manager, assistant trainer, veterinary assistant and many more. Jobs with horses are available all over the United States and abroad. If working indoors is your last idea of a rewarding job and you love animals, this could be for you. You can visit us online at www.Pegasus-Riding-School.com or visit us in person.

Responsibilities

You will start out learning about basic horse care and handling. We have many gentle and well trained lesson horses to give you confidence. You will gradually learn how to handle more challenging horses as your skills increase. Initial tasks are learning to clean stalls correctly, which sounds easy but in fact requires knowledge and skill to sort through bedding and to know what to throw out and what to save. Well cared for horse usually have 3 or more sheets or blankets and you learn what is needed and how to put them on and take them off. Many horses have an extremely high value and must be handled with kid gloves to prevent injury and to avoid frightening or spooking them. Horses frequently get injured and you will learn how to recognize injuries, what warrants a visit from the vet and how to treat various injuries. Grooming for shows is meticulous and needs practiced skill to be able to bathe, clip, and braid a horse to a high standard. At some horse shows there are professional braiders whose only job is to braid manes and they can make $45 to $55 per hour for quality work. Assisting the equine vet also takes skill in handling a nervous horse for a potentially painful procedure. Farms need constant maintenance and repair. Fencing needs fixing on an ongoing basis. Machinery such as tractors, spreaders, drags and bobcats need skilled operators and maintenance.

Requirements

High school diploma. Any farm, animal work experience is helpful. Working with horses is very physical so you should not be overweight or very out of shape which could lead to injury. Health insurance is a must. The hours can be long, the work physically challenging and a great work ethic are super important. If you love horses this is a very rewarding experience and you will learn far more than you ever could in a conventional classroom situation.

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