Equine Training Internship

Mika feature Oct 2014The Equine Training Internship at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) is designed to immerse participants in the training and adoption programs of a non-profit horse rescue by giving them a unique opportunity to work with abused horses seized by Animal Control agencies. Desired applicants will have a strong foundation in groundwork and training basic manners and handling. Interns can expect to gain significant equine husbandry experience while working with equine professionals throughout the training process.

Participants can expect to work with a population of 20-25 horses, a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and volunteers. Interns will spend most of their time at our main facility, but will travel to off-site clinics and events as scheduled. Training interns are expected to bring their own personal training equipment (e.g. helmet, boots, clothing, etc…). Tack/training tools will be provided, but it is encouraged to bring own. This position includes a weekly stipend, determined based on experience and availability. Click here to learn more about housing, compensation, and expectations for residential interns.

Equine Training Interns are responsible for implementing the exercise and training routines set in place by DEFHR's Trainer Sara Strauss and recording each horse's progress. Interns will also assist the DEFHR's Equine Programs Assistant Brittney Carow, providing support during the adoption process.

Qualifications include:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be professional and willing to sign confidentiality agreement
  • Ability to work as a self-starter
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Experience working with green horses
  • Strong foundation in groundwork

Upcoming Program Dates:

  • Spring 2016 Session: March 14, 2016 through June 11, 2016 (Applications due: November 31, 2015)
  • Summer 2016 Session: June 20, 2016 through September 25, 2016 (Applications due: April 30, 2016)
  • Fall 2016 Session: October 3, 2016 through January 9, 2017 (Applications due: August 31, 2016)

Click here to download an Equine Training Internship application. Please indicate on your application if the dates that you are able to participate in the DEFHR internship are different than the dates for your intended session as designated above.

Questions? Click here to contact Nicky Wetzelberger, DEFHR Community Outreach Director.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Intern: My time at DEFHR as an intern was a challenging but highly enjoyable and rewarding experience. There was an abundance of opportunities to learn about horse care and rehabilitation and we were encouraged to watch and assist through vet and farrier visits. I have learnt so much and know this will help me with my aspiration to work with horses in the future. All the staff and volunteers made me feel so welcome and I have come away with some great friends. I would definitely recommend the internship to anybody who has a passion for horses. Thank you to everybody who welcomed me into the DEFHR family.

Intern: Spending my summer working at Days End Farm was the best decision that I've made so far in my 20 years. Not only did I meet some of the most knowledgeable, hardworking, and amazing individuals, but I learned more about caring for and handling horses over the course of the summer than two entire years at Virginia Tech. This internship also helped restore my confidence in handling horses, as well as reaffirming my desire to turn working with these resilient and extraordinary creatures into a full-fledged career. There's nothing greater in this world than watching a scared, emaciated, and abused horse renew their joy in being a horse, being alive, and being loved.

Intern: The Days End Internship Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my pre-veterinary career path. It provides the unique opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of a horse rescue facility and become well-versed in the care required to handle and rehabilitate neglected and abused horses. The experiences I had with the horses I cared for and the great friends I made at Days End I will cherish forever.

Intern: Days End Farm Horse Rescue's internship program is one of the most unique and extensive learning experiences a student can have. The staff's vast and extensive knowledge and compassion makes working fun and there is something new to learn every day. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.