MJ Farms Produces Quality Warmbloods for the Sport
2FAQs If you are considering to be a working student at MJ Farms
I will try to give you an idea of what a working student at MJ Farms does.
We will take working students from April 1st to the end of Oct.
This is a ranch setting( 1/4 section of land) no indoor riding hall.
You will be learning a land based management method for horses.
We have 20 + horses--- up to 10 are housed at night.
We are raising warmbloods for the sport market.
A working student position is a non paying position (volunteer) but room and board are provided in a Family setting while you are at MJ Farms. If you are flying in we will pick up at Calgary International Airport and make arrangements for you to get to the airport on your departure date.
Our working students live and eat with us in a family setting.We expect 6 days a week from our students. Days off will be staggered as it is quite busy on the weekends during the summer. Some decide to bank their days off and travel at some time during their stay in Western Canada. The days can be long, we quit when it is done.
We understand not everyone can spend 5 months in Canada not earning money,or have school commitments--- however we give first consideration to those that can stay longer-- as it adds to the continuity for the young colts in the breaking/ training portion of the program and allows the students to start a colt/s and take them through to marketing them ( a very good experience for those that want to be in the industry).
We consider those that can commit at least 2 months.
We have 2 bedrooms for our volunteers a small single, and a large room that will be shared. Bathrooms are two on the main floor and shared by all the family.
We are looking for a maximum of 2 working student at a time.
The students will keep their bedrooms and shared bathrooms clean and help with the meals cleanup.
Breakfast and lunch are ad hoc. The students make their own breakfast -toast or cereal and or sandwiches when it works for them and their assignments. "Run of the fridge". We try to take into consideration food preferences and provide lots of fruit and vegetables but we cannot offer a total vegan diet or a kosher kitchen. We can deal with a white meat diet however the fish selection is very limited in our markets. Dinner is a sit-down county meal.
We are 10 miles from the closest towns. However we find our past students meet people their own age group and go into town on their days off or weekend evenings. We try to insure our volunteers get to the World Famous Calgary Stampede held in early July, and hit at least one day of a Spruce Meadows tournament.
Of course there are daily chores feeding and barn cleaning. This generally takes an hour twice a day. Everybody works on this.
A typical MJ season is comprised of:
Foaling ( we will be foaling 4 -5 mares from March to June)
If you are here early enough you can help with the foaling.
Late April we start hard grooming and ground work of the young horses. We average 3-6 young horses to start.
We try to match the students to the horses that they will start. This is
under Jennette's close supervision and teaching. If you are ready to start a horse we will work with you to develop enough skill to do this. We will want you and your young horse to have a positive experience ---so we can help with teaching the skill, or sharpen the skills you need, you will have to supply the courage .
Jennette has BSC in Agriculture, also has post grad degree work in horse nutrition from the U of Kentucky. She was the head of the equine department of Olds college for 12 years before she decided to devote full time to MJ Farms.She has been training and coaching others to start young horses for 35 years.
Generally at least one of the young horse assignments a day is worked/ridden by each student.Grooming, pulling, bathing your young assignment, teaching them the ways of a future show horse.
If your young horse has progressed enough your assignment may be chosen to be consigned to the Canadian Warmblood sale held in the Fall.
Early summer we start grooming and preparing the mares that will be presented for inspection. All students get assignments in that area.
Mid summer we will be getting sale entries to prepare for the Oct
sale.-- grooming and riding assignments made according to students skills and departure time. Also preparing show entries for the breeders show in Sept .
So as you can see there is a lot of hands on experience with horses of different ages. Our working students from the past all felt they improved their riding-- and learned many new aspects of the horse industry. They had fun doing it as well. Many are now successful in the horse industry.
We work very hard to make this safe for you and our horses but---
You will need to have medical insurance for Canada to cover "the just in case" as:
we all know you can get hurt with horses.
You need to be in good health.
You need a strong work ethic,
You need to be a team player as most of the work is in teams.
You need to be a self starter once you have had the basics
You must be older than 16-- we prefer 18 and older.
Preference will be given to those that have started a young horse.
You must understand English fairly well--- to keep you safe you must understand what is been said.
A sense of humour is always enjoyed.
Now that I have laid it out -- if you are still interested
1. Send us a resume
2. 3 horse contacts references --- firstname.lastname@example.org addresses please--- if European applicants
3. Your goals for your time at MJ
4. When you would like to come and leave.
For Mara, Jennette, and Barry
the MJ Team
"I came to Mj farm in the end of april 2001 with the goals that I would lern more about breeding, horsekeeping in another contry, working with young horses, develop my riding and lern the language better.
I lived at the farm with the family and I really feel that I have been well
taken care of!
I liked the work and my duties included lot`s of riding and training with young horses, work in the breeding shed, halter training foals and do chores.
I did get lot`s of help with my riding and many riding lessons (in both
dressage and jumping) during the time, I also had the opportunity to be in a 3 days clinic and go to a huntershow!
In the breedingshed I have lern how to breed a mare, handle and collect a stallion and teasing mares.
When I went back to Sweden in august I felt that I had all my goals fulfiled, my riding got so much better and so much more and I was very sad that I had to leave so early!