Horse Wise® is seeking a part-time video intern to help create educational content for social media and online learning.
Horse Wise helps people learn horsemanship. We don’t give traditional riding lessons. Instead, Horse Wise teaches people how to observe and understand equine behavior, personality and biomechanics. Whether clients are novices or a seasoned riders, Horse Wise helps clients “see” horses from a new perspective.
Description and Duties
15-20 hours per week (includes weekend duties)
4-6 weeks duration
Set up, film and assist in the editing of the following subjects:
Assessment, handling and training sessions with horses
Webinar and online course content
Interviews with students, podcast guests and teachers.
Action sequences of horses at local horse events, in their pastures and so on
Footage of horsemanship lessons and demonstrations
Must be age 18 or older
Experience in videography and editing
Understanding of how to film diverse footage (ranging from action sequences to interviews)
Ability to assess lighting conditions and sound recording options
Some interest in horses helpful
Good work ethic
Ability to work independently
Energetic, optimistic , reliable and professional
Top consideration will be given to candidates in collegiate graphic design/film/fine art programs.
Internship includes pay of $12-$15/hour (depending on skills and experience level). Position includes possible opportunity to be hired for ongoing project work.
How to Apply
To be considered, please gather and email to horsewisecoach [at] icloud.com:
A short video (as link or file under 15MB) that demonstrates your filming and editing skills.
I’m excited to announce the launch of the HorseWise® Horsemanship Buckle for 4-H Youth Groups!
The Horse Wise Horsemanship Buckle will reward junior equestrians for learning good ground work techniques, becoming more aware of their horses’ physical signals and understanding how to prepare their horse for performance work.
It also gives participants with green or less experienced horses an opportunity to win a buckle (while giving their horse more training during the show season).
Best of all, it’s FUN – and encourages camaraderie, sportsmanship and good horsemanship!
Here are the details about the Horse Wise buckle points, requirements and show standards:
A. Participants will study and then demonstrate following concepts and exercises:
1. Exercises to do on the ground with your horse (per Horse Wise standards)
Lateral flexion (standstill) without treats
Hindquarter yield and drift
Bring front quarters across (moving shoulders)
Backing up on the ground with horse in good balance
Back ½ circle in each direction with horse in good balance
Go by in circle in each direction (starting with correct foot); smooth transitions between walk, trot and stop; different speeds at walk and trot
Moving each foot three times (without moving other feet at same time) with just halter and lead rope
Simple jaw flexion
2. Preparing your horse for performance and athletic work
Awareness of your horse: observing body language, movement patterns and behavioral cues that show the physical and mental readiness of your horse
Understanding when a horse is processing and when to release the horse
Footfall at walk and why it’s important
Concept of “stuck foot” and how to help your horse with it
Understanding the concept of “Do less sooner”
Understanding the concept of “Waiting on your horse” while he is learning a new movement or aid
B. Buckle points, participation and assignments
1. Study work
Participate in at least two Horse Wise 4-H teaching sessions (group or individual)
Horse Wise assessment of your horse for project selection
Pick something to help your horse with over the course of season
Watch assigned videos (3 min or less) and ask one question from each
2. Judging requirements for buckle points
Participation in Horse Wise competition classes at 4-H shows
How horse starts and ends each show and/or practice – demeanor, relaxation and willingness will be given highest points
Overall improvement of horse and rider (as a team) in the Horse Wise assignments and overall 4-H participation
Sportsmanship, patience and commitment consistently displayed by the rider with their horse during 4-H activities.
Horse Wise winner receives a buckle and $100 cash award.
How to Offer the Horse Wise Horsemanship Buckle
Sound like fun? If you are running a 4-H program and would like to offer a Horse Wise Horsemanship Buckle for your youth group, here is the process:
You will need to provide a written request to Horse Wise to use the Horse Wise name and buckle requirements (we have a trademark for Horse Wise name).
You will agree to use our standard ground work exercises, judging requirements and point system for the buckle. We will give you free (and fun) curriculum and judging guidelines (plus simple training videos).
You will agree to use the Horse Wise logo in the buckle design (we will help make this as easy as possible by sending you artwork files for your buckle production company). You will pay for the buckle but we can help you find sponsors for part of the buckle cost (depending on your geographic location).
Horse Wise will sponsor the $100 cash prize to the buckle winner for your club. We will also provide a podcast interview to the winner!
Horse Wise will provide online mentoring, coaching and instruction services to the buckle competitors, judges and 4-H club managers. We will do this free of charge (as part of our commitment to youth education)
So if you’ve read the last two posts, you now have a 90-day goal for your riding and horsemanship. You might be wondering what to do next, given this whole inconvenient pandemic at the moment.
First, write that 90-day goal down at the top of the page. Let’s say your goal is to do smooth canter departs on both leads with your young, excitable and very green horse.
You have 90 days – or 3 months – or 12 weeks to accomplish that goal. Write down the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on a vertical line on the page under your goal. Each number represents one month. Write down what you would need to accomplish by the end of each month in order to reach your goal at 90 days.
So if you read the previous post, hopefully you’ve come up with a goal for your riding and horsemanship. One that you love and are super excited about. Maybe it’s the Olympics. Or maybe it’s being able to quietly w-t-c on trail rides with your sometimes nervous young horse. Or to compete in a team sorting competition. Whatever the goal — here’s the next step on reaching it.
Look at that goal and decided on a reasonable time frame for it. Is it the Olympics? Your deadline for that will probably be 2024 (unless you are 12, in which case you could pick a much later deadline lol). Quiet w-t-c on trails with skittish young horse? Maybe one year is a good deadline. Ok — so now you have a deadline.
A fun strategy for right now is to set a 90-day goal. Make sure it’s one that you find genuinely exciting — and that fits in your overall horse plans for the future. What are the things that you always wished you had time to study or learn or get better at? Because what’s good about now is that we ALL have lots more time on our hands. And we have the luxury of slowing down. So many big gains in performance come from slowing down to get things right first.
Not sure what to pick as a goal? Try this exercise. Sit down and write out ALL your goals related to horses and riding. Every single one. Even the one about riding in the Olympics or the Calgary Stampede. Put them all on paper. Then read them over and pick the three that excite you the most. Don’t worry about the current weird spring break — just pick those three.