A unique volunteer learning experience for those interested in the practical application of science-based equine management, behavior modification, and positive reinforcement training.
WHERE: Silver Moon Iberian Farm — Breeding, training and education facility in Ocala, Florida.
HORSES: About 15 Iberian (Andalusian & Lusitano) horses, including breeding stallions, mares and geldings in training, broodmares, young-stock and babies.
WHEN: One-week to three-months, year-round availability.
YOU: Applicants should have basic horse handling skills (leading, grooming, etc.), feel comfortable working with unfamiliar horses, physically able to work outside all day. Previous experience with R+ training preferred, but not mandatory (we can teach you). Priority given to those able to stay four weeks or more. We can accommodate up to two people at a time. Opportunity for under-grad or grad students to design/conduct small-scale equine research projects.
DAILY: Time is split between assisting with general chores (farm, barn, horse care), and ground training with the horses (observing, assisting, applying techniques). Goal is a 50/50 split on average, but actual time will vary and there are no guarantees. Discussion of learning theory, behavioral science and equine ethology interspersed throughout real-life horse farm application. Occasional opportunities to accompany Sharon on private off-site behavior consultations. (Note this is a non-riding position.)
FINANCIAL: There are no fees or tuition costs; this is an unpaid, volunteer, temporary learning opportunity.
HOUSING: Optional housing on the farm (shared small mobile home with kitchen and internet) is available at $100 for the first week; no charge after that. You are responsible for transportation and food.
INTERESTED? Send a brief email (1,000 words or less) to EquiLightenment@gmail.com, subject line “Work & Learn Volunteer.” Include the following:
- General information about yourself
- Your past experience with horses
- Your educational background (include behavior courses or conferences)
- Why you want to do this, any specifics you’d like to learn
- How many weeks/months you’d like to come, and when