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How to become a Horse Groom

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What does a Horse Groom do?

Horse grooms, sometimes known as stable lads/girls or stable hands, care for horses, making sure they are healthy and in good condition.

Daily care involves mucking out stables, providing fresh water, preparing feed and replacing bedding. Some grooms are also responsible for daily exercising of the horses. Grooming involves cleaning, brushing and sometimes clipping horses' coats. If working with show jumpers or race horses, grooms prepare horses for events, and may accompany them.

In studs and breeding yards grooms work with stallions and/or mares and foals. They may assist vets in delivering foals.

During the course of their work grooms check for any changes in the horse's condition, report any problems and follow instructions from vets when treatment is needed. They may treat minor wounds, change dressings and give medication.

Grooms working in riding schools may greet clients, lead riders out on foot and accompany them on horseback.

What's the working environment like working as a Horse Groom?

Grooms work 40 hours a week, including early mornings, late nights and weekends. Overtime is common, as is part-time and casual work.

Conditions are cold, wet and muddy, and dust from bedding and hay can be an irritant. Protective clothing and footwear is needed.

Accommodation may be provided, but it can be basic and is often shared. The work involves travelling, so a driving licence is useful.

What does it take to become a Horse Groom?

To be a horse groom you should:

  • be physically fit
  • have good observational skills
  • be patient and willing to undertake routine tasks
  • be aware of health and safety issues
  • be able to work alone and as part of a team
  • have good communication skills
  • be a competent rider with experience of caring for horses, although this may not be an initial requirement for all jobs.

Horse Groom Career Opportunities

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Horse Groom that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Association Of British Riding Schools (ABRS)
Queen's Chambers
38-40 Queen Street
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4BH
Tel: 01736 369440
www.abrs-info.org

The British Horse Society (BHS)
Stoneleigh Deer Park
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2XZ
Tel: 08701 202244
www.bhs.org.uk

British Horseracing Board
151 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
WC2H 8AL
Tel: 020 7152 0000
Email: info@careersinracing.com
www.careersinracing.com

The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association
British Stud Staff Training Scheme
Stanstead House
The Avenue
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 9AA
Tel: 01638 661321
www.thoroughbredbreedersassociation.co.uk

British Racing School (BRS)
Snailwell Road
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 7NU
Tel: 01638 665103
www.brs.org.uk

Northern Racing College (NRC)
The Stables
Rossington Hall
Great North Road
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN11 0HN
Tel: 01302 861000
www.northernracingcollege.co.uk

Lantra
Lantra House
Stoneleigh Park
Nr Coventry
Warwickshire
CV8 2LG
Tel: 0845 707 8007
www.lantra.co.uk

Lantra career advice sites:

www.ajobin.com

www.afuturein.com