Profession equine worker

Equine workers provide caring activities for horses and ponies.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Young horses training

    Principles and techiques of educating young horses important simple body control exercises.

  • Breed-specific behaviour of horses

    The behaviour and specificities of different horse species.

  • Animal welfare legislation

    The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Biosecurity

    Be aware of the general principles of the concept of bio-security and in particular, the disease prevention rules to be implemented in case of epidemics endangering public health.

Skills

  • Maintain pastures

    Ensure that animals on pastures or grazing lands have enough feed. Employ pasture-conservation measures such as grazing in rotation.

  • Control animal movement

    Direct, control or restrain some or part of an animal's, or a group of animals', movement.

  • Assist animal birth

    Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.

  • Teach young horses

    Socialise young horses (cleaning, collaring, bridling, raising feet, etc.), taking into account the safety and welfare of the horse and teacher.

  • Provide care for horses

    Provide care for horses includes cleaning, housing, preparing horses and ponies for riding, fixating and leading horeses, taking into account the safety regulations for horeses and people, specific requirements of horse at hand; using proper methods and equine tools and equipment.

  • Maintain the farm

    Maintain farm facilities such as fences, water supplies, and outdoor buildings.

  • Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings

    Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

  • Clean stalls

    Clean stalls to remove all soiled bedding to prevent moisture and fumes from building up and to cut down on potential parasite problems.

  • Clean horse's legs

    Make sure that the horse's legs are properly cleaned.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

Optional knowledge and skills

agritourism transportation vehicles for horses assess the footcare requirements of the equid assess lameness in horses analyse animal locomotion equine dental diseases make farrier tools and supplies attach horseshoes prepare equid hooves operate agricultural machinery assess requirement for horseshoes agronomical production principles breed stock present the farm facilities livestock species keep task records safe horseback riding principles train horses

Common job titles

  • Barn worker
  • Stable hand/barn worker
  • Horse program assistant
  • Case worker / therapist for teens
  • Mill production/warehouse worker
  • Marketing assistant
  • Detox mentor (overnight)
  • Assistant equine stable manager (interim)