Person to help take care of multiple ranch horses.
Must be willing to do deep grooming.
Must not be squeamish with blood and bugs.
Must know horse anatomy.
Must be able to read horses’ moods and temperaments.
No tools required, except for perhaps a pair of pliers and/or a pair of flat rocks.
Former experience beneficial but not required.
Minor veterinary skills a plus.
Duties are simple: Pick every tick off of the ranch horses so the disgusting insects don’t crawl on cowboys. Cowboys (and cowgirls) HATE creepycrawly ticks. Horses don’t appear to be too fond of them either. Ticks must be squished with pliers or flat rocks. Depleting the local population is the goal. Confident manner when pulling them off of horses’ more private parts would be beneficial.
Colorful metaphors can be used on occasion (like when blood from a smashed tick squirts you), appropriate adult beverages acceptable when necessary.
NOTE: Panama doesn’t appreciate application of needles, and transfers that to pliers as well. His tick infestation must be pulled off with your fingers. Longer fingernails would be an asset.
This may turn into a full time job if the level of tick numbers remains high throughout the summer.
Job will end at the beginning of winter.
Other duties as assigned.
Now that I’ve got you all imagining ticks crawling on you… some of you liked my selfie with my new bike… but I snuggled up to the ticky Panama today for a better one! My bike is cool, but Panama (ticks and all) outranks the little Green Machine. Besides… he goes fast uphill and down, travels ok in muddy conditions, has fairly good steering and brakes, although his shock absorbers leave something to be desired. He can traverse creeks, motivate through snow and willows, and cut out pairs from the herd. Yes… the horse wins!