|Performs skilled work with responsibility for the care, feeding, grooming, and cleaning of horses for the mounted patrol. Also responsible for the care and cleaning of horse stalls and equipment used with the horses and keeping stable area neat and clean. Work is performed under the supervision of a Police Sergeant and is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through discussions, observations, and evaluation of results achieved.|
|Grooms horses: curry, hard brush, soft brush, towel mane, card tail, fly spray, and/or show sheen.
Cleans horses' hooves, checks for loose shoes, and applies hoof dressing when necessary.
Washes, bathes, sponges, or brushes horses returning from a tour of duty depending on how hot the horse is. Checks hooves, shoes, clean hooves, and applies hoof dressing, checks for injuries and applies/administers medication as directed by supervisor or vet; brushes and body cleans again.
Feeds (hay, grain, and pellets) and waters each horse twice daily; checks to make sure each horse has a salt block in his feed tub each day; Fills hay bags.
Cleans each stall twice daily. Applies lime to wet areas and add fresh sawdust with shovel and wheelbarrow. Removes droppings and wet sawdust with rake and manure fork during the day.
Removes water and feed buckets from stalls each morning. Cleans with scouring brush, returns to stalls, and refill.
Blankets horses at night during cold weather, removes blankets in the morning, fold and store blankets in the trunk or on stall door hangers.
Trims bridle paths, ears, whiskers using small electric trimmers and roaches the main once a week.
Takes horses' temperatures twice daily when directed by supervisor or vet if you believe horse is not acting normal. Records temperatures on charts for each horse. Notifies supervisor when a horse's temperature is above normal for recommendation about use of the horse.
Administers to horses any medication, liniment, bandages, etc. as directed by supervisor or vet. Notifies supervisor of change in condition of horses being treated.
Periodically takes horses to the blacksmith and/or holds while blacksmith shoes the horse.
Cools?out overly hot and sweaty horses returning from a tour of duty. Requires walking the horse for approximately 30 minutes and giving them water every 15 minutes.
Notifies supervisor of any unusual behavior by horses, i.e. laying down in stall, lameness, etc. Give opinion as to cause of the behavior and recommend action to be taken.
Cleans bridles, saddles, leg wraps, martingales, and girths with wet sponge, saddle soap, and saddle oil.
Cleans stainless steel parts of equipment with cleaner and steel wool until steel shines.
Checks tack for broken or worn places and notifies supervisor of broken or potentially hazardous equipment.
Keeps shed row, barn area, and area in front of barn clean, swept off and raked. Makes sure halters are hung properly and trunks washed and wiped clean. Locks tack and feed rooms and check to see that stall doors are secured before leaving barn temporarily or at the end of the day.
Makes sure saddle pads, saddle blankets, and OPD cloths are clean. Takes to laundromat and wash and dry as required.
Keeps office and restrooms clean; keeps supervisor informed of supplies needed, i.e. hay, grain, saddle soap, bran, bleach, supply powder, etc.
Performs other related work as required.
|Knowledge of care, feeding and grooming of horses and ability to recognize health conditions.
Knowledge of maintaining stables in conditions suitable for the care of horses.
Skill in the grooming, feeding, exercising, and general care of horses.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to lift heavy bales of hay, grain and equipment, and handle and exercise a 1500 lb. horse, which includes standing, walking, pulling, pushing, bending, stooping, climbing, and reaching over head .
Ability to work in in hot or inclement weather and involving significant exposure to dust, noxious odors, and equine manure.
|Ability to read, write, and follow instructions with some experience in the care, feeding, and grooming of horses and stable upkeep. High school diploma desired. May be required to work on weekends and holidays. Must pass police background investigation which includes polygraph examination.|