A position usually found in small establishments with fewer horses and employees, the duties of a stable hand can encompass those of groom, handler, stall cleaner & schooling rider. This is an entry level position, good for those who want to begin a career in the equine industry.
What You Need
This is a position which benefits from a working knowledge of horses, general maintenance skills and solid communication skills. Smaller stables often rely heavily on each employee and everyone shares responsibility for the animals.
A firm belief in teamwork, physical strength and the ability to stay calm under pressure are all key ingredients to a successful stable hand.
Adhering to feeding, cleaning & supplement schedules
Holding horses for vet & farrier
Daily exercise of animals
Administering of prescribed medication & general first aid
Facility maintenance and fixes
Keeping stable area tidy, sweeping, raking & watering
Grooming & bathing of animals
Monitoring horses for health and soundness
Help with breeding and foaling
Help with problem animals
Some employers will require a high school diploma for employment, but no formal education or training really exists for this position. Potential employers will be looking for someone with horse experience who is handy enough for routine maintenance.
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