Equestrian Internships – Part 2

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. 

Cheers,

Sarah

Equestrian Internships – Part 1

Internships, also known as Working Student Programs, are when someone works without pay, in exchange for gaining skills and experience. For me, internships have been a way to learn from different horse people, through a variety of horses. 
For roughly three months of the year (or longer), I get to learn from a person who I consider good with horses and knowledgeable. The type of people who usually take on interns can be instructors, breeders, trainers, farriers and other equine professionals of any disciplines. Committing to an internship can be a lot of work, however it can bring upon these opportunities:

• Doing groundwork, in-hand and riding horses of all different kinds.

• Having questions answered, some that may be complicated.

• Learning management techniques of properties and stables.

• Networking, making friends and learning from people like Vets, Farriers, Clients, Body workers, other Interns, the list goes on.

• In-depth conversations about both horses and life.

• Access or participation in clinics, shows and events, fence sitting or participating depending on the situation.

• Some fellow interns have brought their own horse and receive lessons with them.

• Traveling and exploring places wonderfully unexpected.

• Accessed educational books and videos that are rare or super expensive.

• Usually food, accommodation and occasionally transportation (Not flights though) are payed for. Some places will make you pay for your own food/accommodation – it depends on how much you want to commit to and learn from them. (I saw one place that wanted the interns to pay to work for them – I backed out of that, although if that’s what you want, go for it.)

Just a side note: Every place is different. Some will demand more work of you and some less. Don’t be afraid to take on challenges and do more than asked, but use your common sense too, if they are not holding up their end of the deal, leave.

The next write up will be on what kind of work I do in exchange for learning and what it takes to be an intern.

Hope you enjoyed,

From Sarah