Entry Opportunity for College Graduate

Horse Industry Entry Opportunity for College Graduate with Equine Study Emphasis

Full-time, paid, live-on-farm position for graduating college student looking for broad real-life horse farm experience as a gate-way to a fulltime career in the equine industry.  Silver Moon Iberians / EquiLightenment is a small breeding, training and education facility in Ocala, FL.   We have approximately 15 (plus or minus) Andalusian and Lusitano horses including well-mannered stallions, broodmares, foals, young-stock and horses in training.  Situated on 39 beautiful acres with towering live oaks and Spanish moss, verdant pastures, and 14-stall barn.  Owned and operated by Sharon Madere, IAABC Certified Horse Behavior Consultant.  Our priorities are best-practices management and training focused on the latest understanding of equine ethology and behavioral science, with an emphasis on gentle handling and positive reinforcement.

This position is ideal for the college graduate looking for a foot-in-the-door entry point into the larger equestrian world.   You will wear all hats – horse care, barn chores, light farm maintenance, training assistance, and assistant farm manager.  You may also have the opportunity to shadow or assist with occasional private equine behavior cases.   To be clear, this is most likely not your ultimate long-term position, but is structured to be a win-win:  providing a spring-board experience for a graduate seeking a career in the horse world, and providing a motivated, responsible, high-quality worker for the farm.

We strive for a happy, clean, peaceful, positive, professional, well-organized environment.   We believe in open, honest, and respectful communication, and the kind treatment of horses and humans alike.

Our expectation is for a minimum one-year commitment in this position – though we’d be delighted for you to stay longer.  Ideally, when the time comes for you to move on to the next step in your career, this will be timed for early summer to allow for an over-lapping transition to the next incoming graduating student.

Requirements:

  • Experience: You must have more than just “book” and “classroom” learning.  The ideal candidate will have solid prior horse, barn and farm experience.  This might include past summer internships, part-time jobs, personal horse ownership, etc.  We know you are just starting your career, so we don’t expect you to know everything yet!
  • Physical: You must be fit for a full day of farm work, able lift/move bales of hay and bags of feed, willing to work in all weather:  summer heat/humidity, occasional rain, and chilly winter mornings.
  • Character: Honest, hard-working, positive attitude, open communication, organized, flexible, self-motivated, able to work independently yet has team-mentality, desire to learn and apply science-based training and management principles and techniques
  • No smoking, no substance abuse
  • Valid driver’s license
  • References – minimum three – at least two horse-work related.
  • Willing to agree to a criminal background check
  • Willing to share housing (furnished 2 BR, 2 BA mobile home) with occasional student interns

If you are interested, please email us at EquiLightenment@gmail.com

  • Please share information about your past experience both in and out of school, your expected graduation date, and anything else you’d like us to know.
  • Please include your phone number, and the best days/times to call.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Duties may include (but are not limited to) the following: 

Horse Keeping, Care & Training

  • Bring in / turn out horses
  • Prepare feed & supplements
  • Feed horses (grain & hay)
  • Bathe, Groom, Pick Hooves, Fly Spray
  • Monitor health / behavior and report any concerns
  • Leg bandaging
  • Treat minor injuries
  • Administer/Assist with medications, worming, vaccinations, etc. (IM, IV)
  • Tack & Un-Tack
  • Hold for farrier & vet
  • Maintain basic records and check-lists
  • Stallion collection
  • Foal watch
  • Assist in training a wide range of behaviors, including:
    • cooperative care and husbandry
    • hoof handling
    • introduction to riding equipment
    • trailer loading
    • acclimation to novel objects and situations
    • behavior modification protocols as needed

Barn Duties

  • Clean stalls
  • Add fresh bedding
  • Spread Manure
  • Dump wet shavings
  • Keep barn tidy
  • Clean auto-waterers
  • Monitor feed & supply inventories
  • Fly control traps & strips
  • End of day clean up

Farm Duties

  • Drag pastures
  • Pick pasture stud piles
  • Clean auto-waterers
  • Mowing
  • Weed-wacking
  • Water potted plants
  • Monitor/notify of any safety hazards
  • Inspect / Replace fence boards
  • Drag Arena
  • Trash & Fuel Runs
  • Pick up feed & supplies
  • Dog care when owners travel
  • Haul horses locally as needed
  • Occasional assistant supervision of temporary student interns