The equine specialist is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the horses involved in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) including ensuring the safety of the horses and participants during sessions. Will take care of the horses and tack at Sabino Recovery. Has knowledge and experience of horse care, anatomy, and equipment. Understands safety concerns for residents with no prior horse experience. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, policies, and procedures within the behavioral health field. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.



  • Maintains physical health and good disposition of horses through conditioning and training.
  • Ensures that veterinary care is provided.
  • Responsible for ordering all horse feed and ensuring horses are appropriately fed and watered. 
  • Ensures that the horse stalls are regularly cleaned and manure disposed of in a designated space away from the facility density areas and surrounding neighborhood. 
  • Trains the horses for involvement in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy groups and trail rides. 
  • Leads both staff and resident horseback rides. 
  • Be able to prepare horses for resident trail rides and be able to ride either the lead horse or the last horse on the trail rides. Ability, skill, and extensive knowledge relevant to trail riding. 
  • Provides riding instruction to residents.
  • Grooming horses kept at Sabino Recovery. 
  • Ensures that horses are shod appropriately every 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Engages the services of a Farrier.
  • Keeps all tack clean and conditioned. 
  • Identify and works on any stable related maintenance issues.
  • Provides an atmosphere and area that is safe and conducive to the therapeutic improvement of residents. 
  • Co-facilitate equine assisted psychotherapy groups.
  • Completes required paperwork of therapeutic services provided. 
  • Communicates and reports activities and critical incidents to supervisor and Compliance department.



  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required. 
  • Ensure accurate and timely timekeeping for payroll purposes.
  • Must have good knowledge of Sabino Recovery policies and procedures.



  • Must be extremely skilled and have knowledge in horse behavior, horse tack, equipment, horse care, and have exceptional horsemanship skills.
  • Must possess strong ethics and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Able to read, write and speak English fluently.  Some Spanish preferred.
  • Able to utilize basic math skills and mathematical concepts.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Able to deal effectively with distractions.
  • Is reliable in achieving results within expected time periods.
  • Is highly committed to workplace safety.



Minimum of 2 years’ experience managing the care and well-being of horses required. And at least 1 years’ experience providing group horse care/riding lessons. 



  • Current Fingerprint Clearance
  • Current CPR/First Aid certification
  • Clear TB screening

REPORTING TO THIS POSITION:  No reports to this position



The employee must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. 

Must be able to:

  • Swing a saddle on a horse.
  • Mount a horse. 
  • Be agile and quick on feet. 
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Ride horseback.
  • Assist residents on mounting a horse. 
  • Spend a significant amount of time outdoors in the heat or cold.

All employees must adhere to all safety rules and regulations required by local, State and Federal authorities, wear the appropriate personal protective equipment necessary to perform the job in a safe manner and will follow all safety rules per the Company’s Safety Policy.