WORKING STUDENT POSITION
* Available as of July 2018 *
Star Gazer Farm is a offering an exciting educational opportunity to one deserving young horse person on PEI. We are seeking someone who has a passion for horses who desires to learn as much as they can about horse care, health, breeding, handling, etc. This is not a riding position (yet). Candidate must be at least 14 years old and have reliable transportation to our farm in Kinkora, PEI (no accommodations provided). This is a flexible part-time unpaid position with preference given to someone who would like to be a part of our team year round, but people available for a temporary basis will also be considered. We need someone who can commit to help out at least once a week. Must be available to help at the Hanoverian inspection (date usually in late August).
Things you will learn from working alongside us:
- Breeding warmblood horses (eg. mare, foal, & stallion care, genetics, judging conformation, bloodlines, marketing, etc.).
- Handling and training foals and young horses (and the occasional old horses who think they are a young).
- Basic horse care (eg. nutrition, health, safety, grooming, first aid, facility management, trailering, etc.).
- Showing mares and foals in hand at Hanoverian inspections (eg. grooming, braiding, conditioning, training, etc.)
- And MUCH more! Jackie knows a ridiculous amount of information about horses and she is willing to share with someone who is keen to learn.
Who this opportunity should appeal to:
- Anyone planning on attending vet school for large animal medicine.
- Anyone hoping to someday work as a horse trainer, coach, stable owner, horse breeder, groom, etc.
- Anyone very passionate about horses who enjoys working with them and is eager to learn as much as they can.
What the position entails:
- A lot of young horse handling! Something that we spend a lot of time doing here is working with the young horses. We need extra hands to help with teaching the young horses to stand tied, lead mannerly, trailer load, be groomed and clipped, etc. Anyone applying for this position needs to understand that young horses are unpredictable, and handlers WILL BE stepped on, pushed, nibbled, kicked, etc. You need to be able to take a hit and not lose your temper - patience and a sense of humour are the number one requirements for this position.
- A lot of grooming and bathing. There are 12 horses currently on property with two foals expected in 2018... they all need regular attention and love.
- Helping to prepare and show mares and foals at the Hanoverian inspection.
- Assisting with foaling and breeding of mares (depending on student's availability since the timing of these things are hard to schedule around).
- Occasional tack cleaning, barn cleaning, and facility maintenance.
- Occasional exercising of horses (if capable).
- Other various projects... we always have something on the go.
To apply please fill email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.