Equine Management

What can I expect?

Long days!  The working day typically lasts around 12 hours, with breaks for breakfast and lunch.  Equine Management interns are expected to work six days a week, with Sundays off.

The ALERT Equine Management Program focuses on the day-to-day welfare, care and management of horses in an African stable which offers riding lessons, horse safaris, carriage safaris and night time horse rides during the lunar maximum period.  Many of the horses are thoroughbreds which are trained for showjumping and polocrosse disciplines.

This internship is based at Antelope Park, a private game reserve set in approximately 1,800 acres of open savannah grassland.  Throughout their stay, interns will shadow and assist the project’s Stables Manager in all aspects of their work.


What will I be doing?

Following a week of induction, you will spend your internship involved in all aspects of holistic stable and horse management including:

Stable Management - Keeping the stables in a hygienic condition is important.  Unclean stalls attract insects and can encourage hoof problems such as thrush, so cleaning is carried out daily; including removing soiled bedding and making sure all feed tubs and water buckets are clean.  You will also be responsible for helping to keep the tack room tidy and ensuring that all tack is stored in a clean condition.  To maintain condition of the pasture areas, you will assist with feeding and irrigation.  You may also be given the opportunity to be responsible for the management of the stables for a day, under close supervision.

Horse Management - The welfare of our horses is paramount.  Many have been rescued from neglect and abuse, so you will need to treat them with patience and compassion.  Daily grooming is essential to maintain a healthy coat and skin.  As well as removing dirt that could cause rubbing when tacked up, grooming allows chance to examine the horse for any injuries or unusual lumps, bumps, etc.  You will have the opportunity to assist with any veterinary attention, for example if any cuts or scrapes are discovered, you will help to treat them and apply stable bandages.  You will assist with tacking up horses prior to rides.  You will also learn the dietary requirements of individual horses - based on age, class, and body weight - and ensure feeding is carried out on time and that all water troughs are full.  If foals are born during your stay, you will be involved in imprinting to gain their trust to make handling them easier in the future.

Riding - The majority of your work will be riding-based.  You will assist with starting (‘breaking in’) new horses by spending time with them to build confidence, and with schooling those horses who are ready to learn to respond to verbal and physical commands.  This involves persistence, an appreciation of horse psychology and often, a sense of humour!  You will help to conduct riding lessons for volunteers and guests, as well as tuition in jumping and polo playing if required.  As a venue for polocrosse tournaments, depending on your ability, you may also have the opportunity to take part in matches during your time at Antelope Park.

Working with Guests - You will assist in the organisation of horse rides and carriage rides for guests and project volunteers.  You will also carry out volunteer inductions and safety briefings for guests, as well as acting as a support guide during rides and horse safaris.

All tasks will be dependent on your level of experience.  As your internship progresses, you will be entrusted with more responsibility, as deemed appropriate by the Stables Manager.

You can download our Equine Management internship brochure here.


What are we looking for?

When choosing an Equine Management intern we are ideally looking for someone with a love of horses, who can combine practical experience with an understanding of horse psychology and a flair for riding.  We are able to accept novice riders, although your areas of responsibility will be tailored accordingly.

On a personal level, initiative and a ‘go to’ attitude are a must!  Our Stables area is a hive of activity, so we are looking for interns who are reliable and can do a good job under minimum supervision.  You will need to have a flexible attitude, be able to think on your feet and learn to expect the unexpected.


Click on this link for more information on the internship location

Gweru (Antelope Park), Zimbabwe


PROGRAM FEES & MINIMUM STAYS

Program fees for arrivals before 31st December 2018 are between GB£ 939 / US$ 1,524 for two weeks, to GB£ 3,497 / US$ 5,675 for a 12 week stay.  A detailed breakdown of prices can be found in our brochure.   

Your fee includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation, three meals per day and memories to last a lifetime!  Invoice amount is charged on a per day basis.

If you wish to intern with ALERT, you will need to obtain a Police Check.  As an intern, you may be working closely with children or vulnerable adults to some extent during your stay; therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that these people are adequately safeguarded.  For applicants from the UK, we will arrange the check for you at a cost of £20, which will be added to your invoice and payable along with your deposit.  For applicants from all other countries, please contact your local police department for advice on how to go about arranging your check.  All participants on all of our programs are required to undertake a police check before their placement commences.

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HOW TO APPLY

To assess your suitability for this program, please read the What Are We Looking For? section of your chosen internship before submitting your application.  The minimum age for this program is 18 years.

Your application should be sent to intern@lionalert.org and accompanied by:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying and the skills and experience you hope to bring to bear whilst with us
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A letter of reference from an appropriate academic or business source that confirms your experience

Your application will be reviewed within one week of receipt and additional references may be requested.  Only candidates with skills appropriate to their chosen internship will be considered.  Successful candidates will be offered a placement at a location most appropriate for their skills and experience to ensure that both the intern and the project gain the maximum from the program.  Please note that you may be onsite at the same time as other Equine Management interns.  We regret that not all applications will be accepted and no appeals will be considered.

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