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Saddle Up!

Lesson Assistant

Saddle Up!


Job Summary

Saddle Up! is hiring Lesson Assistants! Our lesson assistants are a vital part of the lesson teams that serve our riders – preparing horses before lessons, participating in lessons as a leader or side walker when needed, supporting new volunteers, and helping maintain the cleanliness and organization of the arena and barn areas. Hours will include Thursday 3 – 8, Friday, 2 – 6 and a full or half day on Saturday. Horse experience required, especially safe horse handling, grooming and tacking skills.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Bring horses up to paddocks/stall as required for the lesson schedule.
  2. Prepare horses for lessons by grooming, lunging, etc. as scheduled. 
  3. Lead, sidewalk or lunge during lessons as scheduled.
  4. Help Instructors with arena set up and tear down as requested.
  5. Help to clean up grooming areas, arenas, stalls and barns as time permits during the shift.
  6. Check in on the tack room each shift to make sure it stays neat, clean and organized.
  7. Keep laundry room neat, clean and dirty laundry washed.
  8. Train or assist new volunteers as requested by the Volunteer Services Director.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


  • Successful completion of Saddle Up! New Volunteer Training and Leader training sessions
  • Knowledge and demonstration of safe horse handling, grooming and tacking skills.
  • Knowledge of tack and other lesson equipment.
  • Ability to assist and train inexperienced volunteers.
  • Knowledge of safe leading, lunging and side walking techniques.
  • Physically capable of performing tasks required throughout work shift which may include lifting, shoveling, walking/jogging, cleaning stalls, and related responsibilities of the job.
  • Desire to increase knowledge, skills and experience with equine handling, care and training.
  • Commitment to positive communications, teamwork and excellent customer service.      

Additional Information


Excellent working environment, flexible schedule.

How to Apply

If interested, please email or call 615-794-1150 ext. 230 to speak to Sally Stonage.  Email should include your resume, overview of horse experience and reason you believe you would be a great fit in the Saddle Up! team.


  • Date Posted: March 24, 2022
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Animal Welfare
  • Start Date: 04/01/2022
  • Working Hours: Thursday 3 - 8, Friday, 2 - 6 and a full or half day on Saturday