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HORSE MANAGER

Full-Time, Permanent | Millarville, AB

The Role:

Location: Ranch 20 minutes from the outskirts of Calgary

Hours: Full-Time, Permanent (45 hours per week)

Reporting to: President

On behalf of a client, we are seeking a Horse Manager to oversee and manage the well-being of client horses for a public ranch. This incumbent will work closely with the clients as well as a larger stable staff to ensure the safety and general health of horses that are boarded on-site. Additionally, this incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the stable facilities meet the necessary standards for cleanliness, safety, and comfort for the horses. This role requires excellent communication skills, a deep understanding of equine behavior and physiology, and a genuine passion for the welfare of horses. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a high level of teamwork, initiative, flexibility, and reliability, and have a superb attention to detail and be always highly professional.

What’s in it for You:

  • Participation in the health benefits program.
  • Annual vacation entitlement.
  • Competitive wage offering.
  • Opportunity to board personal horse.
  • Possibility of living on-site.
  • Be part of a collaborative and high performing culture that provides ongoing growth opportunities and genuinely takes care of their people.

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee the daily care of client horses, including feeding, grooming, turnout, blanketing and stall cleaning.
  • Monitor horses for behavioural changes, while also inspecting to identify any health issues or problems and providing the appropriate medical attention and coordination of veterinary care, where required.
  • Maintain detailed records of each horse’s health and performance.
  • Ensures adherence to individualized feeding plans, and provide support with inquiries, where appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain a positive rapport with clients and act as the primary point of contact for inquiries, scheduling, and updates regarding their horses.
  • Address any concerns, questions, or requests in a timely manner.
  • Manage inventory of feed, bedding, and other supplies, and replenish as needed.
  • Hire staff, both permanent and seasonal, while keeping an eye on labour costs compared to revenue.
  • Supervise and train stable staff members in proper horse care techniques and procedures, and providing feedback, as needed.
  • Complete minor facility maintenance, where required.
  • Manage general basic accounting work such as invoicing the clients in a timely manner and following up for payment, keeping track of additional charges, and budgeting.
  • Communicate regularly with the ranch owner and management teams regarding financial matters or budgetary concerns.
  • Manage and update the social media accounts, as needed.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of events on site, including both employee and client events.
  • Ad hoc projects and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

In addition to the above details, other qualifications include:

  • Have a minimum of 5-10 years of experience in a related position.
  • A detailed understanding of the care and attention needed while caring for animals.
  • Must have high attention to detail and be able to problem solve effectively.
  • Experience with managing social media accounts considered an asset.
  • Experience with event planning considered an asset.
  • Experience with basic accounting skills considered an asset.
  • Ability to lift 60+ pounds and perform physically repetitive tasks.
  • Must be able to take initiative.
  • Follow instructions precisely and adhere to established routines, processes, and procedures.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Own reliable transportation and hold a valid driver’s license with a clean driving history.
  • Be courteous, discreet, honest, reliable, and responsible.
  • Must be adaptable and flexible.
  • Must possess a positive attitude.
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada.
  • Successfully complete a criminal and credit back check process.