Mounted Training & Conditioning Assistants

Mounted Training & Conditioning Assistants

Mounted training & conditioning assistants work under the direction of the equine trainer, training and exercising horses to keep them supple, physically fit, and more responsive to their riders.  There are two categories of training and conditioning volunteers.  The level is determined by ability, experience, and how long a volunteer has been with Ranch.  Responsibilities include those listed below, as well as any of those listed under ‘ground work assistants.’  Horses used during training sessions must be appointed or approved by the equine manager or program director.

Level I
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at Ranch volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Intermediate to advanced previous horse experience
  • Pass the level I lunging & riding test given by the equine manager or have a C1 level Pony Club rating
  • May only ride while a staff member is present at Ranch
  • Free lunge in the round pen
  • Lunge
  • Train and condition horses under saddle, including warm up and cool down periods
  • Groom horse before and after session
  • Clean stalls or grooming bays used during your session
  • Clean and condition tack used during your session

Level II
Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at Ranch volunteer orientation part 1 & 2
  • Intermediate to advanced previous horse experience
  • Complete at least 6 months of consistent work as a level I mounted training & conditioning assistant
  • Pass the level II lunging & riding test given by the equine manager or have at least C2 level Pony Club rating
  • May ride approved horses with another level II rider present, without a staff member present at Ranch, under the condition that the equine director has authorized the session
  • Lunge
  • Long-line or ground drive
  • Train and condition horses under saddle, including warm up and cool down periods
  • Groom horse before and after session
  • Clean stalls or grooming bays used during your session
  • Clean and condition tack used during your session

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