Some of the appeal of working with horses is the fact that it’s outdoors, especially when the weather’s so gorgeous! I also love to work with plants and love seeing a huge improvement on a property due to someone’s careful planning and maintenance. When I have my place I love the idea of being able to do it all but will no doubt look into getting at least one full time maintenance person/grounds keeper.
Some beneficial skills to have if interested in pursuing this type of position for a horse property include:
– Being able to drive a tractor
– Fencing skills (unlike myself who can quite capably hit my thumb rather than the nail with my left or right hand)
– Manage a ride on mower
– General gardening knowledge and skills, especially pertaining to the maintenance of paddocks for grazing
– Painting/work with chemicals and the knowledge of them
Having knowledge in maintenance and gardening would be a bonus as a lot of the studs I have worked on have one person that does both. I know I’ll be investing in someone who can help me out with windbreaks, correct types of fencing for different classes of horses and the sort of plants that will benefit my property and not cause the horses any harm.
Whoever planned out this windbreak, I’d love to ask them a few questions!
I can think of nothing better than having a paddock that is lined with trees and shrubs that are going to provide shade from the sun, protection from strong winds and shelter from rain. A person that is also aware of plants that can be sustained in drought conditions and potentially used as roughage for horses would be a huge asset, also.
“…he did not feel the ground under his feet…he thrust himself into the capriole, rose high in the air…forelegs and hind legs horizontal. He soared above the ground, his head high in jubilation. Conquering!” – Felix Salten