Definitions - Mentoring Levels
- LEVEL I.
A Level I Mentor, also known as a Contact Mentor, has basic knowledge of the
adoption program, basic wild horse safety, and knows how to refer adopters
having difficulty with horses and burros to appropriate qualified assistance.
A Level I Mentor does not have to have specific gentling skills and experience.
- Level II.
A Level II Mentor, also known as an Experienced Mentor is someone who has had
direct gentling experience either with adopted animals or in a clinical/workshop
environment. An experienced mentor should be reasonably proficient in all the
basic desensitizing, gentling and haltering approaches and safety practices.
- Level III.
A Level III Mentor, also known as a Clinician Assistant, has in-depth experience
gentling and training multiple animals, has an established basic knowledge of
horse behavior, is proficient and can effectively demonstrate all
relevant desensitizing and gentling techniques, can get typical ungentled horses
and burros safely into halter, perform basic work on the line and desensitize
horses and burros to having all four feet picked up and objects placed on their
backs. The Level III Mentor can be assigned animals to be gentled and trained
safely and competently with minimal supervision, can effectively and correctly
explain the purposes for and application of various techniques, and can conduct
in-pen activities involving novices and wild horses under the overall supervision
of a Level IV Mentor (Clinician.)
- Level IV.
A Level IV Mentor, also known as a Clinician, is an advanced level
instructor/trainer who has gentled and trained numerous wild horses and burros,
including difficult and previously mishandled animals, has advanced working
knowledge of horse behavior, can safely work overly aggressive, overly timid and
overly flighty horses, is an experienced problem solver and can safely conduct
gentling and training exercises involving multiple students. A Level IV Mentor
can also effectively supervise Level III Mentors (Clinician Assistants) in their
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