Spanish-Speaking Cowboy Colt-Starter needed for Ranching Internship in northern Patagonia, Argentina

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Provincia de Neuquen, ARGENTINA
Job Type
Internship. International travel & all living expenses paid
Date Posted
December 14, 2021
Housing Offered
5-10 yrs

We are a family running a cow-calf ranch operation in remote Northern Patagonia, Argentina, thousands of acres with few fences. We have six horses that we do not have time to start or develop, and we are looking for someone to help us with this. In exchange, we can pay for your international and local travel expenses, as well as all of your living expenses while here.

This position would last about three months — roughly January through March 2022, during our summer season in the Southern Hemisphere — and it would give you a unique (and fun!) opportunity to experience the "gaucho" lifestyle. Our life is pure "gaucho" — Argentine cowboy — and day-to-day this is very much like homesteading, everyone working together long hours to get all the work done, from milking the cow and making cheese, to gathering and herding the cows, goats, and sheep.

It is critical that you be comfortable communicating in Spanish, even if not perfect. Some in our small family speak English, but some only Spanish, and all ranching work is handled in Spanish.

To join our family, you need to be happy to work about half time with general ranch responsibilities, as they come up — checking on cows, fixing fence, trimming/shoeing, irrigating, cattle drives, vaccinations, working in the corrals and chutes with the animals and helping out with projects and general clean up. However, your biggest responsibility would be to start/train the horses, and you would have great freedom in terms of your own style and approach.

We have different breeds of horses but the majority of the colts to start are quarter horses, sired by our QH stud and a few pure QH mares that we have been breeding.

We respect "natural horsemanship"-type approaches, but we want a trainer who is comfortable with a rope, and who is not worried about mounting a horse that might buck. These are ranch horses for ranch work, and we need a trainer who can move confidently through getting the colts green broke.

After that, we can collaborate together on ways to refine these colts, as well as to tune-up our older horses. We can do this with or without cows in our dirt "arena" area, or round corral, and — of course — during regular work on horseback.

Although we cannot pay a salary, we are sure that we can give the right person the opportunity of a lifetime! — good people, nice horses, great food, endless riding opportunities, and new horizons.

We ask you to understand that our cost for your travel will be much more expensive than hiring a local trainer. We are willing to pay this extra expense because we value excellent horsemanship that results in a light touch and focuses on developing each horse’s best potential and talent. Also, we enjoy sharing our unique ranching lifestyle, and we love learning new skills and perspectives from others.

There are lots of possibilities of how we might work together.

To apply: If interested, please send a brief email to Ethan, a family friend in the United States, who is managing this internship search for us.

Please only write if you 1) communicate in Spanish, 2) are experienced starting colts, and 3) will be available at least 2.5 months, sometime between January and April 2022.

Thank you for your interest!
Sky and Chano

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