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Standard bred horses.
Safe handling concerns require that, to be qualified for this position, workers must have no less than three months of prior verifiable experience as stable assistant in a horse operation. In lieu of work experience, employer will also accept documentation evidencing completion of an equine course issued by an accredited school, college or university. Workers will be subject to a trial period of up to five days during which their performance of required tasks will be evaluated. Employer will hire any worker with the requisite experience who demonstrates he/she can safely and competently perform the job of handling brood mares and young horses. Persons seeking employment should be available for the entire period requested by employer. The employer is a horse breeding farm where employment is dependent on the horse breeding through yearling sales seasons. The seasonal employment period for horse breeding in Kentucky begins in mid-February and concludes mid-December, following the weaning, preparation for sale, and sale of yearlings. Generally, duties relative to mares and foals are performed from February through mid-July, duties relative to yearlings are performed August through November, and duties relative to yearling sales are performed in October and November. At the conclusion of the yearling sales in November, workers will paint/repair farm buildings and fences and winterize equipment, in preparation for the next season.
Instructions and general supervision will be provided by a designated lead worker or company supervisor. Exceptionally complex or non-routine activities will be closely supervised. Workers will be expected to perform basic horse management and handling duties in a timely and proficient manner without close supervision.
Workers perform a variety of semi-skilled tasks associated with horse breeding/sales farm activities. Tasks include but are not limited to the following activities required in the breeding, handling and preparation for sale of standard bred equine stock:
Identify and catch horses in stalls and fields, affix halters and lead ropes, lead into barn and tie securely and turn back out. Competence in basic grooming practices including bathing, brushing, hoof care, clipping. Clean stalls by removing soiled bedding and manure, replace with fresh bedding. Strip stalls and disinfect floors, walls and surrounding areas for broodmares. Sweep barn aisles, stall areas, ceilings to remove dirt, hay, cobwebs and other detritus. Maintain/clean and fill water troughs and buckets. Handle basic feeding activities including apportioning grain, hay and feed supplements according to instruction. Help maintain equipment, assist with mowing and weeding, work in fields, clean around barns. Observe and identify sick or injured horses. Assist farrier in trimming feet and shoeing horses. Hold horses for farriers and veterinarians and administer routine intra-muscular injections, assist veterinarians with treatment of sick/injured horses and pregnancy checks of mares; administer first aid and medications to sick/injured horses; take temperatures of horses; wrap legs of injured horses or for transporting horses; administer worming and vaccination schedule for yearlings; administer worming and vaccination schedule, pre- and post-natal for mares, and for foals. Use shiftneys and shanks in leading yearlings. Assist in breeding and foaling of mares. Assist with post-pregnancy treatment of mares and neonatal care of foals. Work with foals/yearlings, including brushing, leading, picking up feet, petting and touching foals to acclimate them to humans; change foals' halters.
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- 45-2093.00 - Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals