Opening in the Spring of 2020 in Bagdad, Kentucky
What we are A program to teach people what they need to know to work as top notch grooms in the horse industry while also providing a therapeutic environment.
36 week instruction and certification program with an internship at local professional horse farm to last at least one month.
HorseSensing is a clean and sober facility. Random drug testing will be required for all participants.
The goal of the program will be to ready each participant for employment in the horse industry while promoting mental, emotional and physical health as well as relapse prevention.
Who do we serve?
American Saddlebred/Hackney Pony Show Horse Industry
Thoroughbred Horse Racing Industry
Standardbred Harness Racing Industry
Who will we teach?
Veterans- OEF, OIF, GWOT and other conflicts
People in drug and alcohol diversion programs such as Recovery Kentucky
Women and men needing to change the trajectory of their life.
At-risk youth 18 and older
Who will teach them?
BillyBob Taylor-Lifelong trainer and driver of harness horses, trainer and young horse developer of thoroughbred racehorses. Brother to Joe Taylor, founder of Taylormade Farm, Nicholasville, Ky. In charge of teaching and guiding folks on thoroughbred horse racing and harness racing skills and education.
Phillip Crittendon-Originally with Helen and Charles Crabtree, a premier Kentucky horsecaretaker and horseman. In charge of teaching and guiding folks in ASB Show Horse skills and education.
Dr. C. Reid McLellan and Groom Elite- I invite you to go to http://www.groomelite.com/index.shtml and look at all the information there including Dr Mac’s background and specifics of Groom Elite certification programs. HorseSensing is teaming up with Groom Elite to create a comprehensive grooming education program. We are extremely fortunate and excited for this opportunity.
How will we teach them?
In addition to daily training from our education directors, participants will be learning step by step through utilizing an expanded version of the Groom Elite Certification Program that will include all specifics for the respective horse industries.
The HorseSensing Groom Elite Certification Program (HSGrooming) will be customized for our purposes from Basic Grooming 099, Groom Elite 101,Groom Elite 201 and portions of Farm Groom Elite. HSGrooming will take approximately 36 weeks to fully complete and will include over 40 hours of classroom instruction and over 80 hours of hands on practical application. Participants will have opportunity to learn extensive safety and equine therapy skills that go beyond what many professional horse men and women have picked up from their extensive learning experiences. The curriculum is accompanied by a full color textbook and classroom instruction will be complemented by comprehensive power point and video presentations. HorseSensing Board Member and World Champion Horse Trainer, Bill Field went through the entire curriculum and was VERY impressed by the detail, the photos, the veterinary aspect and the thoroughness of terminology.
Participants in our program will have the advantage of such detailed learning materials as they apply the principles in hands on practice. This curriculum begins with how horses are designed to survive and how to use basic principles of horse behavior in catching, walking, grooming, bandaging, tacking and even riding a horse. Qualified instructors as well as industry professionals will provide instruction and guide practice sessions. Participants will be evaluated periodically with minimum competencies required before moving to a more advanced lesson. At the conclusion of each phase of HSGrooming each participant will be given a “Certification Assessment’ which will include an industry approved written exam and practical exam stations including Behavior, Feeding, Health, Bandaging and Tacking.
Grooms are certified a five levels from Entry Level to Elite. Those that complete the certification portion with top marks will have an option to continue as a “Teaching Assistant” and learn additional skills such as mentoring, team leading and supervision. This may seem like overkill but when you hire one of our graduates at your barn as an intern or employee you will appreciate and your horses will benefit from what our graduates know and can do.
Go here to look at the outline for Groom Elite 101 as taught at racetracks and training centers.
New sections will be written for AS, Hackney and Harness racing specializations. We will be posting a form asking for input regarding skills and knowledge that professionals such as yourself believe should be included. We may even ask you to write a chapter or section that is your speciality. We invite your input to make this as complete as possible. We will also be asking for volunteers to serve on an advisory committee to review the curriculum and make suggestions. If you are interested in helping in that way please let us know.
Our two certified education directors, Phillip Crittendon and Billy Bob Taylor, will teach these skills and coordinate clinics by professional in specialty areas (equine dentist, farrier, braiding, etc.). If you are interested in contributing as part of this education team, please contact us.
Participants will have access to a variety of horses including those we adopt as retirement horses, young horses donated to our program, rescue horses that are appropriate and our own horses. In addition to daily and weekly learning and practice opportunities at our farm, participants will benefit from “training field trips” to local Kentucky shows where those that have demonstrated an appropriate skill level may have an opportunity to practice putting horses in the ring and other horse show activities.
Clinics will be brought in by local trainers, breeders, farriers and other horse industry professionals wanting to contribute their knowledge.
Why have this program?
Because working with horses and being around horses can give a person purpose, a sense of responsibility and hope.
Because the horse industries have long had a shortage of qualified barn and show help and that situation is getting worse, not better. HorseSensing aims to help fill that gap with good help.
Because there are lots of people who can do these jobs but don’t have exposure to these industries, we have skills to share, and we can do a really good job passing them on in this way.
Soft Skills training
We will also teach "soft skills" such as the following, with the help of Goodwill Industries
Being dependable-showing up to work on time or early and work-ready.
Having a good attitude.
Being willing to do whatever is needed.
Speaking up whenever necessary-anything from seeing mold in the grain to a horse with a slight swell in a pastern to asking for what they need.
Being able to work as a team.
Working through conflict-resolving situations in positive ways.