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Equine Specialist

Magnolia, Texas 77355
United States

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Date Posted: 07/31/2019 | Last Updated: 07/31/2019

Categories: Other
Positions Available: Full Time
Annual Salary Range: Not Specified
Minimum Education Level: None
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job: Any Breed
Languages Required: Any Language
Drivers license required? No
Commercial drivers license required? No
Own car required? No
Pets allowed? No
Non-smokers required? No
Live on site? No
Will pay to relocate? No
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
Height:   ft    in
Weight:   lbs
About The Facility
Inspiration Ranch exists to strengthen children, youth, and adults striving to overcome their physical, emotional, and social disabilities with Therapeutic Riding and equine-assisted therapy and activities. Each week nearly 70 special needs children and youth ride in our Therapeutic Riding Program to physically and emotionally strengthen their core muscles, improve their walking, and elevate their ability to communicate. Through our Mental Health Program, we reach at-risk homeless teens & young adults, battered women, and survivors of domestic sex-trafficking that have suffered severe emotional trauma. It’s here, on our 40-acre ranch, that we help them learn new boundaries, skills and overcome obstacles.
Job Description
Inspiration Ranch is seeking an Equine Specialist to join our team to provide equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning services to children, adolescents, adults, and corporate groups in healing, ranch-based environment.
We are a 501c-3 nonprofit organization located in Magnolia, Texas. We serve a wide range of populations of people by incorporating horses into experiential, psychotherapeutic sessions. We facilitate all sessions in the Eagala Model.
In every sessions, a team of two professionals, a licensed Mental Health professional and an Equine Specialist, along with participants and horses work together to reach treatment goals. The Equine Specialist helps to maintain physical safety for participants and horses, works with the Mental Health Professional to structure sessions, offers observations of horse behavior, and keeps notes documenting horse behaviors in session.
Job Requirements
1. The Equine Specialist must have 6000 hours (equals to approximately 3 years of full-time work) experience hands-on work with horses.
2. Completed at least 100 hours of continuing education in the horse profession. Some of this education needs to include topics covering:
- Groundwork
- Horse psychology
- Ability to read horse body language/nonverbal communication
3. 40 hrs of continuing education must have been completed in the last 2 years
4. Strong communication and interpersonal skills
5. Experience working with children & adolescents
6. Commitment to on-going personal & professional development
7. Alignment with Inspiration Ranch’s mission, vision and values
8. EAGALA certification preferred, not required
9. Knowledge of the Clean Language modality preferred, not required
10. Bachelor’s degree preferred, not required
- Serve as Equine Specialist in client sessions
- Maintain equine notes for every session
- Collaborate with Mental Health professional in selecting horses for sessions
- Oversee wellbeing and health of horses while in sessions
- Assist Mental Health professional in other areas of Equine Assisted - Psychotherapy and Assisted Learning as needed
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