Saddle Lake offers an internship program where students will become immersed in the horse industry. Interns will learn the ins-and-outs of breeding, mare and foal care, horse care, veterinary care, farrier work, horse training, showing, etc. Internship dates are flexible. Jan-april is the best time for interns to learn about the breeding program. June-august is the best time for an intern to learn about horse training and show preparedness.
On site housing is available for interns that are out of town.
Interned Fall 2022
When I contacted Missy Jo about an internship, I had no horse experience. The four months of working and shadowing with Natalie Rowland at the Loveland and Kentucky facilities were some of the most fulfilling, challenging, and fun months of my life. I learned about the horse world and what it means to be an equestrian. I was taught daily horse care, including feeding schedules, care charts, and turn-out schedules. I was also able to shadow the vet and farrier. As a beginner, watching lessons and the talented assistant trainers, Sydney Robbins and Natalie Rowland, was inspiring and educational. During the internship, you get to push yourself and learn what you’re capable of while building friendships and experience in the animal world. This was a life-changing experience for me and helped build a solid foundation for my future career. With the experience I gained with Saddle Lake Equestrian Center, I have since become a part-time educator with the Newport Aquarium and gained an internship with the Cincinnati Zoo summer of 2023.
Interned Summer 2014
Student of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland
Completed her horse husbandry hours at Saddle Lake
TESTIMONIAL: My summer internship at Saddle Lake was may more than I ever could have expected. Going in I was ready for a summer filled with horses, and more horses but, what Missy Jo offers is so much more than that. Of course it is a lot about the horses; learning their nutrition, feed schedules, wound and health care, basic horsemanship, exercise regiments, breeding, and of course, cleaning. But, you also learn all about excellent customer service. You get to build long-lasting relationships with some of the best equine names out there. You also get a chance to challenge yourself and put some of even your best riding to the test: particularly on really spunky two year olds. Having the opportunity to have a hand in training the younger more green horses and later getting to see them excel is one of the most rewarding parts of this experience. At the end of the summer when you are packing up to leave, you get to look at all that you have accomplished and take away more than a summer of horses, you get life lessons, a barn family that will never forget you, and skills that you can use going forward regardless of where your future career may take you.