General groom and yard duties on a private professional eventing competition yard looking after horses ranging from 3 year olds to 4*.
- Routine yard and field duties: mucking out, poo-picking, watering, feeding, tidying, cleaning
- Handling horses: turning out and bringing in from the fields, taking on and off the horse walker, washing off, grooming, tacking up
- Handling tack and equipment: rugging up, cleaning tack
- Assisting, as required, during sports science specialists' visits eg vet, farrier, physio & dentist
- Assisting with competition preparation and travelling
- Occasional competition and training groom
- Lunging horses
- Depending on ability hacking horses
- Rural location
- Out door working in all weather conditions
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
- Be observant
- Good communication skills
- Work to very high standards of horse care and yard tidiness
- Able to listen to, understand and follow instructions
- High attention to detail
- Willing to learn
- Kind & caring
- Conscientious & dedicated
- Honest & reliable
- Loyal & trustworthy
- Punctual and good time keeping
- Self motivated and happy to work alone and as part of a team
- Positive & enthusiastic
- Calm demeanour
- Have a love for the job and most importantly LOVE horses
- Apprentices must be in paid employment in the relevant industry to cover the requirements of the standard
For over 4000 years we have worked in partnership with horses and cared for their needs. There are about a million horses (including all domestic equine species, namely horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids) kept for recreation and commercial use in the UK. The Equine Groom is a fundamental occupational role in all equine businesses, and vital to an industry that contributes over £8bn to the British economy each year. Horse industries are steeped in tradition, yet embrace innovation and technology.
Apprentices will be entering a vocational industry, where they can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role. Living on site for part or all of the duration of the apprenticeship may be necessary.
The occupation requires competent individuals who are committed to the safety and welfare of the horses in their care. They will use their theoretical knowledge and understanding, practical experience and empathy to maintain the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. This is a practical, “hands on” occupation where apprentices will work under supervision individually or as part of a diverse team. The Equine Groom is an integral part in the life of the horse, providing essential day-to-day care. They will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties.
The Equine Groom may also be required to assist with the preparation of, transport to and care for horses at competitions, the races, sales, shows and other public appearances. Dependent on which sector of the industry the Equine Groom has chosen, appropriate people skills will be essential.