Perhaps one of the more interesting (and controversial) horse jobs, a circus performer must have more than just riding skills…they have to possess a passion for entertaining a crowd.
What You Need
This job has the potential to allow for a lot of hands on time with the animals and provides an artistic outlet for those who enjoy performing. Performers range in type and act from outfit to outfit, so job specifics will vary.
This is a career that benefits from an outgoing personality, fantastic horse & training skills as well as strength of body & athletic ability.
Being a circus performer may require working with more than just horses, circus animals range from big cats to elephants to seals. Being an animal lover is essential, as is understanding the needs and character of each animal. The actual job description is difficult to pin down and will obviously change with every circus or show as well as with every performer.
Entertaining the crowd
Providing a safe environment for the animals & people involved
Can be responsible for full care of animals in their charge or act
Ensuring the animals are well taken care
Consistent training exercises
As with the job description, the requirements for circus work are across the board. They will depend on experience, raw talent, animal handling ability as well as personality. Chances are that less tangible requirements such as experience are going to be more important than formal education. However knowledge of animals & animal health can always be a plus.
This is a highly controversial area, circuses have long been accused of animal abuse. If you are considering a career as a circus performer it should be given serious deliberation. Not to mention a great deal of research should be done into any show you want to become involved with.
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