Horse Groom

Horse grooms are responsible for the care and welfare of horses and maintain stables and riding equipment.

Day-to-day tasks

In a typical day, you will:

  • give horses food and water
  • clean equipment like saddles and bridles
  • clean, brush and clip horses' coats
  • muck out stables and replace bedding
  • monitor the condition of horses and report problems
  • treat minor wounds, change dressings and give some medications
  • take horses out for exercise

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • physical fitness and endurance

Industry Qualifications

 Horse groom training can be:

  • 'An Apprenticeship, which is 'on the job' where you work on the yard and receive tuition whilst going about your work.
  • At a college or University.
  • Other qualifications, including horseracing training.
  • Distance home learning.

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