Ground Work Assistants

Ground Work Assistants

Ground work assistants work under the direction of the equine trainer to improve the ground manners of our therapy horses and insure that each horse feels comfortable in lessons.  The result of this training and conditioning is a more enjoyable and safe lesson environment for all horses, participants, and volunteers.

Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at Ranch volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Intermediate to advanced previous horse experience
  • Pass a ground work skills assessment
  • Groom, bathe, administer hoof treatments, set up treatments
  • Tack horses
  • Walk/trot in hand through a pattern or obstacle course
  • Work with lesson objects (balls, noisemakers, other toys, cones, barrels, mounting blocks, etc.) to desensitize the horse
  • Work with a partner or two to accustom the horse to sidewalkers
  • Clean stalls or grooming bays used during your session
  • Clean and condition tack used during your session

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