Often an ambitious trainer-in-training, the assistant trainer position can be found at larger establishments where trainers have high numbers of animals in their charge.
What You Need
This is a position which benefits from a strong teamwork ethic, the ability to follow instruction and a firm knowledge of horses. Understanding training methods and the ability to learn in a situational atmosphere are key ingredients to a successful assistant trainer.
The assistant trainer is responsible for implementing the exercise and training routines set in place by the trainer. Often they provide initial training contact with a young or troublesome animal and they are instrumental in creating a foundation of general etiquette and manners.
Implementing exercise routines developed by the trainer
Following supplement schedules
Basic under saddle work
Preparing trainer lessons
Lessons for more advanced riders
Training in general manners
Correcting behavioral issues
Duties can be interchangeable with barn foreman & groom duties
This is a position which can rely more on experience than formal schooling. Generally a high school diploma is required and previous experience working with horses is highly valued.
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