Working for free horrifies a lot of people, however considering the opportunities listed in my previous post – its not working for free really. A good mentor will give you their time of day, which people usually pay good money for. Here is a list of tasks you may be expected to do in return for all the hands on horse time:
• Being on your feet or in the saddle for long days with early mornings and late evenings, sometimes all week. Not all places do this, although if you go in expecting it you may be pleasantly surprised with someone more laid back.
• Grooming, feeding, rugging, mucking and all the other usual stable tasks.
• Property sitting and caring for horses while your mentor is away.
• Horse first aid, this being something you can learn if you don’t already know.
• Being responsible for monitoring the horses overall health.
• Odd jobs like weeding, property maintenance and tack cleaning.
• Transporting horses, backing trailers and driving tractors, lawn mowers.
• Show, clinic and event setting up and prepping.
The tasks are various and depending on place. It is best to ask what to expect when you are applying for the internship.
As a side note – I would get a job for a while to save up enough money to pay my bills whilst being an intern. Friends of mine pick up trades where they can work flexibly around the internship. Everyone’s financial situation is different and as I am no financial guru, I am just going to say – if you want it enough, you will find a way.
Thankyou for Reading! Let me know what you think, or share your own experience. The next post will be on what your mentor will expect from you. Although you will learn it along the way, consider the next post a bit of a cheat sheet.