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Ranch Jobs: Wanted - Lead Trainer - New Mexico #180231
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Posted by: TheHorseShelter [see other ads by this poster]
City: Cerrillos [see other ads in this city]
State: New Mexico [see other ads in this state]
Job Title: Horse Trainer
Employer: The Horse Shelter
Salary: $40,000 -$50,000, DOE
Room & Board: 2 bed/2 bath home included
Phone #: 505-471-6179

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The Lead Trainer is responsible for the over-all equine training program and adherence to our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and facilitate the adoption of abused, abandoned, and neglected horses throughout New Mexico. Specifically, the Lead Trainer is responsible for the individualized evaluation and development of a training program to increase adoptions and ensure the health and safety of the horses within THS’ care. This position reports to the Ranch Manager with additional oversite by the Executive Director.

Duties Include, but not limited to:

• Lead all aspects of equine training.

• Lead the development of over-all and individualized training plan.

• Actively implement each equine’s specific training including general, ground, and under saddle work.

• Guide the Training Assistant on general and ground training.

• Identify and attempt to correct equine behavioral issues.

• Assist the Ranch Manager in overall evaluation of equines (behavioral and adoptability).

• Complete timely and accurate training logs.

• Aid to maintain up-to-date background description, photos, and videos of horses in the training program.

• Submit monthly Training Reports to the Ranch Manager and Executive Director.

• Contribute to and support initiatives to improve processes and procedures.

• Assist the Veterinarian/Dental Tech and Farrier when needed.

• Administer medications and wound care, when needed.

• Adoption Appointments to find the best match for each individual horse and rider.

• Horse Emergency management.

• Willingness to feed, in case of emergency.

• Act as THS ambassador.

Required Skills:

• Minimum 3-5 years as a professional trainer.

• A proven track record of successfully leading a comprehensive equine training program.

• Background and adherence to a “natural horsemanship” training methodology.

• Knowledge of and comfort with training feral and/or difficult horses.

• Ability to work collaboratively within a team structure.

• Ability to maintain an active year-round outdoor schedule.

• Ability to lift 50lbs.

• A valid driver’s license and proof or insurability.

• Computer proficiency.


• Onsite Housing in a 2 bed, 2.5 bath home. Utilities included. ($22,800+ value.)

• Salary Range $40,000 to $50,000 salary, depending on experience, with merit-based raises.

• Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Accident insurance benefits available.

• Ability to board/feed two horses onsite (all other expenses paid by owner.)

About The Horse Shelter:

Celebrating our 24th year, The Horse Shelter serves as a sanctuary for New Mexico’s abandoned, abused, and neglected horses. Rescued horses will be rehabilitated and adopted out whenever possible to environments that support their well-being and future long-term care.

The Horse Shelter Ranch is located in Cerrillos, NM on a beautiful 128 acre ranch, with currently 90 rescue horses onsite and the total capacity of 100.

Shelter horses are housed in run-in stalls, large paddocks, and turn-outs. We maintain a healthy feeding regimen and provide veterinary and farrier care. We aim to exercise our horses when appropriate. We utilize our training program to get them ready for adoption to carefully screened new owners.

For some horses, The Horse Shelter will be a life-long sanctuary due to history, age, or medical condition.

Please send indications of interest to:

We also are trying to fill the position of ranch foreman.

Posted 03-20-24
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