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Trainer/caretaker - Live in

Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351
United States
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Date Posted: 08/01/2015 | Last Updated: 06/08/2021
Dude Ranch/Hospitality, Instructor, Other, Ranch Hand/Cattle, Rider - English, Rider - Western Pleasure, Trainer - Dressage, Trainer - General, Trainer - Western, Working Couple/Team, Wrangler
Positions Available:
Full Time
Annual Salary Range:
$20,000 - $24,999
Minimum Education Level:
High School
Horse Breeds Associated With This Job:
Any Breed
Languages Required:
Any Language
Drivers license required?
Commercial drivers license required?
Own car required?
Pets allowed?
Non-smoker required?
Live on site?
Will pay to relocate?
Height/Weight Specifications
(For riding positions only)
Height:   ft   in
Weight:   lbs
About The Facility
This is the job every life-long horse lover is looking for. You live with and care for horses 24/7/365. For the right person this is a dream job. The Wyandot County Equine Rescue is an open access organization that cares for 50 to 70 horses. We accept all equines regardless of health, training status or behavior problems. Our goal is to fix those horses and find them appropriate homes.

All of our horses require the usual care and most are in training or rehabilitation. We have a multiple pasture and run-in system with horses on 24/7 turnout in compatible herds. There is an indoor arena and round pen 73x180 with lights, fans and sprinkler system for year round work and there is also a standard size outdoor arena and round pens.

Most facility upkeep is done by maintenance personnel, but caretaker/trainers do all day-to-day feeding and care of the individual horses. Openings occur from time to time and currently on file applicants receive first consideration. We currently have an opening. Previous applicants are invited to reapply. We also consider some local hires for day help as both trainers and general farm help. (We are a IRS 501(c)3 organization. If you have Federal Student Loans this may help you.)
Job Description
Successful applicant will be one of two or more caretakers/trainers who provide day-to-day care and training for 50 to 70 horses. Some supervision of volunteers, interns and part time employees (currently 1 part-time employees) as well as working with 4H organizations and the local horse community is needed from time to time. Our rescue horses are used to compete at the local fair and other local competitions; and those venues are great for getting our horses exposure and subsequent adoption. The job is flexible depending on the skills, aptitude and interests of the successful applicant. This is a lifestyle job. If you are a clock-watcher it is not a job for you. The job combines work with the pleasure of living with horses and caring about what you do. Working couples can be good at this job and we encourage them to apply even if one is not a trainer. We will assist in finding appropriate employment for the other if at all possible.
Job Requirements
Must be in good physical condition. ride well, understand horse behavior and have a good working knowledge of training techniques, especially so-called natural horsemanship training. Should be able to start a young horse, handle foals, as well as doing remedial work on the adult horse. Assisting in hauling and loading of difficult or injured horses also comes up from time to time. Participation in local competition and horse events is encouraged, as well as occasional trail rides. Must be a motivated, self starting individual.
This is a riding position, so size is important. We subscribe to the 20% rule which means that the rider may not weigh more than 20% of the horse's weight. We have horses ranging from minis to drafts, so the range of rider size can be pretty wide also, but generally our horses tend to run on the small side.
As a rescue we do a lot of veterinary care, and the ability to give immunizations, wormers, wound treatments and so forth is a benefit, but we can also teach you all of these things if interested.
Monthly pay of $1,250/mo in addition to free housing and utilities. (We figure the total compensation package starts at around $25,000.00 a year.) After probation, sick time, vacation time, and worker's comp coverage. Caretaker/trainer's own horse(s) are welcome. (No stallions allowed because of American Academy of Equine Practitioners standards for rescue facilities.) Pets are allowed, but cats must be indoor and dogs must be confined (yards are fenced.)The living quarters provided free is a significant part of the compensation package. (see description of housing provided.)
(Working for a 501(c)3 organization may be helpful if you have Federal student loans.)
Description of Housing Provided
There are two mobile homes on the property, both are three bedroom with one and a half or two baths. These are individual/family accommodations, not bunk rooms. Homes are suitable for a couple or small family. Both have fenced yards and can be furnished or unfurnished. There is also an apartment/guest quarters in the 160 year old farm house. Housing is provided rent free, all utilities paid including internet.