This is perhaps one of the most flexible horse jobs of them all and also one of the most important. Often horses are just part of the deal and many animal sitters must have experience with any number of friendly pets.
Watching Other People’s Pets
This is a career which demands a lot of hands on time with the animals, as well as effective communication skills with their owners. This is a position which benefits from strength of character, a flexible attitude and the ability to think quick & be versatile.
Other than experience with animals there is no real tangible skill set for being an animal sitter. Regardless of the type of animal, each one has its own personality and own specific care requirements.
Descriptions will vary by job and animal, which keeps things interesting. Often sitters will move into their clients home to watch their animals, others will go to boarding stables to provide care and services. They may be asked to work directly with trainers and stable staff to ensure proper care of their charges.
When it comes to caring for people’s property & animals the list of potential responsibilities is likely to be long & full of interesting requests.
Responsibilities Can Include
Feeding, cleaning (or cleaning up after) the animals Grooming, bathing & routine exercise for the horse Simple companionship Can be for just one horse or a stable full of them Often stay on the property with the animals Attend to any vet or farrier visits (routine or emergency) Following supplement & medication schedules
Probably the most important requirement for being a horse sitter is experience. Not just experience with animals, but the ability to keep a cool head during an emergency and to take small problems in stride. A solid understanding of the nature of the equine animal or any formal schooling on the subject will always be a plus.
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