Lone Larch Akhal Tekes is currently offering a unique internship for the spring / summer of 2012.  We are looking for assistance with:

  • Breeding management, including teasing protocol, hand breeding, semen collection for artificial insemination
  • Foaling management, including broodmare monitoring, foaling out, foal care and handling
  • Feeding management, including feeding protocols for horses in training, lactating mares, stallions, foals and yearlings
  • Environment management, including manure pick up and composting, weed control, pasture rotation, farm maintenance and clean-up
  • Training and conditioning management, including conditioning rides, post-ride care, entering conditioning ride data in log book, training in the arena
  • Endurance ride management, including trip planning and preparation, camp set-up, “pit-crewing”, pre and post ride horse care

 

To be clear, we are not expecting the intern to perform all of these tasks alone but rather to help us in their execution.

We are offering:

  • Room and board.  The intern has his/her own bedroom and bathroom in our stable.  Meals are served in our house.  Healthy food is available at all times
  • Paid airfare (round-trip) to Kelowna, British Columbia and pick-up at the airport
  • Small stipend (to be determined)
  • Opportunity to learn natural horsemanship under the guidance of a behavioral specialist
  • Opportunity to learn about the management of a horse breeding and training facility
  • Opportunity to learn about the exciting sport of endurance riding
  • Opportunity to practice learned skills with a very special breed of horses in a special environment.  We have access to infinite riding trails with enchanting mountain scenery right out of our driveway
  • Opportunity to visit the beautiful Okanagan Valley

 

We are looking for a candidate who is:

  • Physically fit
  • Proficient at handling and riding horses
  • Self-motivated and willing to learn
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Conscientious with high work ethic
  • Safety oriented
  • Adaptable and adventurous
  • Caring, with a strong connection to horses

 

This internship is of tremendous value for a young person seeking to gain experience as a horse professional.  Even though caring for and seriously training horses is a seven days per week endeavor, we strive to have a balanced life with proper rest, food, exercise, and recreation.  The intern is welcomed to join us during any outings and outside farm activities.  The intern will be treated with respect and as a valued contributor to our farm’s success.