In both settings, I have performed emergency first aid on equines and worked directly with farriers and veterinarians in the field.
I am CPR/First Aid certified (for people) and was responsible for the safety of the trail groups I led.
In the ranch setting, I was responsible for preparing new and young horses for youth riders.
Duties of Current Occupation
I have 4 years experience in professional equine positions, where I managed a herds ranging from 11-60 horses. My duties include daily care/supervision as well as individual program needs.
Equine Work Experience
In addition to the positions above, I have years of personal equine experience. I leased a personal horse for two years in Chicago, where I established myself in the boarding community. From there, I worked privately and professionally caring for horses in the community and became exposed to huntseat, dressage, jumping, cattle cutting, and western pleasure.
In the ranch setting in Wisconsin I became comfortable working freely among 50+ horses. There, I assisted the vet and farriers and was the point of contact concerning the health/welfare of the herd.
Livery/ranch environments - I ran a camp program as a trail guide and program coordinator for the ranch. In addition I instructed basic children’s riding lessons and monitored farrier and veterinary needs.
Barn environment - I managed a herd for an equine therapy program, where I was in charge of medication, feed, and exercise schedules.
I also privately worked caring for and exercising low level jumpers and western pleasure horses in the boarding barn setting.
Type of Ride Work
My ride work background consists of ranch riding (saddled/bareback) including herding animals, checking property lines and fences, and guiding trail groups.
In addition, l worked horses English and western in a variety of styles, depending on the preferences of the owners. This includes light jump work and extensive flatwork (including off saddle horsemanship).
While my professional experience is extensive, I am not a competitor and work in the groom position.
Areas of Expertise
Working with children
Working with the disabled
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