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Equestrian Internship

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Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
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Ft.Collins/Greeley, Denver Metro
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Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.

Equestrian Specific Internship

Summer 2020

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Position Title:                                   Equine Intern

Minimum Dates Required:          14 July 2020 – 16 September 2020 (Can be somewhat flexible upon request)                      

Reports to:                                         Barn Manager/Barn Assistant

Employee Classification:              Non-Paid Intern, P/T




Immersive equine internship in the daily care and maintenance of a large therapeutic riding herd, at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.  Assist the Barn Staff to ensure all horse’s basic needs are met for food, water and shelter, as well as helping to ensure their health and safety. Assist with turn in/out, daily feeding, mucking and cleaning. Help maintain all the horse areas for cleanliness and safety. Under the direction of the Barn Staff, assist with first aid and occasional assistance with training/conditioning of trial horses and program horses. Communicate closely with Barn Manager if problems or questions arise. Filling volunteer cancelations on a day by day basis which may include but is not limited to side-walking, horse leading, instructor’s assistant, and prepping horses for class. Under direction of Barn Manager and Facilities Specialist, assist with seasonal facilities tasks such as weed control, arena watering, fence maintenance, mowing and shoveling snow. This is not a riding position, but may have some riding and groundschooling opportunities for the right individual. This position is physically demanding, requiring the ability to regularly lift a minimum of 70 pounds. Most of the work day is spent outside in all weather conditions. This position requires some work on holidays, weekends, and/or evenings including covering for Caretaker vacation days.



Job Duties:


                Horse Related Duties:

  • Ensure daily that each horse is sound, healthy and safe prior to use in class. Report any concerns to Barn Manager/Assistant for further evaluation.
  • Feeding. This includes refilling the just-fed grain rations and preparing the feed truck for the next  feeding -e.g. loading hay, grain buckets, and preparing mashes.
  • Manage the turn-in and out of horses to pasture; bring horses in from pasture for classes as necessary throughout the day.
  • Ensure mucking is completed and assume full responsibilities if mucking volunteers call out.
  • Assist barn staff with first aid, horse health treatment plans and other duties as requested.
  • Responsible for basic daily horse care (e.g. clean/fill pasture and electric waterers).
  • Put on/Take off blankets/sheets/fly masks.
  • Miscellaneous barn-related chores.
  • Communicate observations of horse’s behavior and health to Barn Manager.
  • Assist with tack fittings is the need arises.
  • When the needs arise, serve as horse-leader or sidewalker in classes.
  • Record necessary horse information into the filing system.
    • Assist routine vaccinations, de-worming, dental checks and sheath cleaning programs for each horse.
    • Ensure horses have blankets and fly mask applied and removed as necessary.
  • Holding horses for vet/farrier visits as needed.
  • Ensure open communication with staff regarding their observations of horses and horse needs.
  • Assist volunteers with questions or concerns they may have regarding the horses.



Program Maintenance:

  • Clean, maintain, and organize tack room, tacking area, grain shed and hay barn.
  • Ensure that tack is clean and in good repair.
  • Maintain an environment conducive to volunteer safety.
  • Notify barn staff when any feed, supplement, or medication is getting low and needs to be ordered.
  • Assist barn staff with training of trial horses and working with program horses if issues arise
  • Responsible for effective communication with the entire CTRC community, including Caretakers, Barn Manager, program staff, volunteers and farriers, vets and chiropractors; keep up to date on inter-CTRC communications
  • Assist with seasonal facilities tasks such as weed control, arena watering, fence maintenance, mowing and shoveling snow.  


Personal and Professional Attributes:

  • Represent CTRC in a positive and professional manner.
  • Maintain safety as CTRC's paramount concern. Place safety first in all actions and activities.
  • Promote and support an effective team environment, including adherence to Ethical Communication practices with staff, participants, volunteers and community members.
  • Demonstrate respect, interest, compassion and caring for program participants, volunteers and community members.
  • Know, and abide by, CTRC's Operating Policies and Procedures.
  • Know, support and promote the Mission, Values and Goals of CTRC.


How To Apply

Please email our barn manager, Sadie, with a resume and why you feel this internship would be a good fit for you.

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