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A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses

Getting Togged up! A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses

Yes, it’s that time of year again. There can be a lot to like about winter, especially if you have found a nice job via Caroline Carter Recruitment! 😊  Let’s not forget though, the short days, long nights, mud, rain, wind, snow, ice, and lots of horse rugs to choose, use, dry and store.

Right now, grooms up and down the country will be facing the dilemma of which rugs to use and how best to use them. For each and every horse in our care, there are rugs that work and clearly, rugs that don’t. It really is a responsibility to make the right decision on a horse’s behalf and you also have to factor in the yard owner’s instructions too, which can be different to your own ideas but cannot be disregarded.

It may be that you are a junior groom, new to your job, and you haven’t been to college or worked alongside a really experienced more senior groom. My advice is to never “blag”, rugging is serious business and getting it right will hugely benefit the horses in your care. Getting it wrong can cause suffering, harm and can end in real disaster.

In this article, we aim to summarise what will need to be considered when faced with rugging dilemmas for the stabled and part stabled performance horses in our care. Our guest blogger Emily Taylor has had 20 years experience as a professional Showjumping, Eventing and Dressage groom and has been rugging up horses successfully for many decades now!  

Until it’s Spring!

A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses

 

First the science bit

Horses are mammals and they maintain their internal body temperature at around 38°C through a well-developed mechanism known as thermoregulation which has developed through evolution so that the body temperature is maintained within a narrow range. Fluctuations outside these normal temperature ranges can lead to health problems, so these highly developed systems need to be respected and understood.

Typical things that affect the horses’ body temperature are:

Turning horses out

When turned out, a horse’s natural ability to cope with cold temperatures is undoubtedly positively affected by the availability of shelter.

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Studies have repeatedly shown that a field shelter (at least a 3-sides,) can reduce heat loss by around 20% because it allows a horses coat to stay dry and reduces heat loss from wind chill. Most performance horses that are turned out in adverse weather conditions would probably benefit from a turnout rug particularly in wet and windy weather, especially if there is no field shelter available. Neck covers on a rug can also assist in keeping a horse “toasty” under such circumstances. Of course, many performance horses are also brought in the moment the wind, rain or snow kicks in or in preparation to avoid it.

 

Stabling Horses

One of the downsides of stabling as far as rugging is concerned is that this inevitably restricts activity, so the horse can’t generate body heat by moving around. This clearly needs to be factored in for rugging choices. It is well documented that maximum ventilation when provided for stabled horses has enormous health benefits. This remains so in the winter of course, but this may also mean drafts which are not beneficial for any horse. Look out for those and in this situation make sure you deal with the source of the draft if possible. Again, a neck cover may be useful.

 

Rugging a Horse

Clipping

This is commonplace in performance horses on the majority of professional yards these days and plays an important part in the choice of rug to be used. If a horse is fully clipped we have removed its natural thermal layer and water-repelling barrier, therefore it is common sense that we replace these with “sufficiently” warm and dry indoor and outdoor rugs. What constitutes “sufficient” is something we will come back to. The type of clip itself also needs to be taken into account. A fully clipped out horse will need different considerations when making rug choices vs an unclipped or partially clipped horse.

 

Bathing and washing

This is not an uncommon, all year-round experience for your average performance horse. Every time we bathe a horse, we strip its coat of some of the natural warming and water-repelling properties, even with a clipped coat. Most yards these days will have warm water showers to bathe their horses, but some do not. Bathing a horse in inclement winter weather in cold water is not ideal. Once bathed even in warm water, a wicking rug should be applied until the horse is dried and then the horse can be rugged and checked a few times before a final rug choice is made. Never rug a wet horse for the night – the rug will absorb the moisture and hold it close to the horse’s body for many hours to come, chilling as the temperature drops.

 

Rationing hay

For a variety of reasons, many performance horses are on rationed hay or haylage. Horses are designed to eat forage for at least 16 hours out of the 24 hour day, and the digestive system processes this in a way which in turn heats the horses body. The horse on a forage ration which doesn’t mimic nature will almost certainly require some extra rugging to compensate for this. It’s a fine balance – you could give the horse more hay and rug the horse less which would be more natural for the horse, but often this is not done in this order. One can only speculate as to why.

 

Riding/exercise

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Warming up and cooling off horses when they are ridden has an impact on the horse’s body temperature and it’s important that we are considerate and sensible when working horses in cold temperatures. Unlike humans, horses lose body heat slowly. They also gain body heat slowly, so if a horse is allowed to get too cold it can take a long while for him/her to rebuild body heat. Horses are known to develop colic, or colic-like symptoms when their body temperature is too low/high and if, for any reason, they are unable to normalise it (for example, being over or under rugged).

Post-exercise rugging needs to be carefully considered and wisdom would suggest that a “wicking” type of rug is used until the horse has cooled down to its normal level before it’s usual night rugs/day rugs/turnout rugs are put on. A sweating, unclipped horse should not be left without any rug as a means of cooling it down, this is a sure way to cause a problem which could take a serious turn for the worse quite quickly. Again, think carefully before rugging a very sweaty horse for the night – as with after bathing, the rug will absorb sweat, which in turn chills the rug as the night time temperature drops.

Rugging for competitions/travelling/training has similarities to all that we discuss in this article but has a whole different set of circumstances – a discussion for another time.

 

Using initiative

Every horse is different, every year is different and one should never cling to “we have always done it this way so why change?” Horses get older, rugs lose their efficacy and the temperature in a month one year is most certainly not going to be the same every year! It’s amazing how many people can cling to their old habits (grooms and yard owners alike) often to the detriment of the horses in their care.

In summary, when selecting which rug, we need to be mindful of:

  • The environment of each horse
  • The routine of each horse
  • Age/breed/health/condition/temperament of each horse

Choosing which horse rug to useA point of note: when we step outside the door and very quickly assess that it is milder/colder/freezing we can’t necessarily apply the same subjective logic to our horses as we do ourselves. They have been standing in a stable/paddock all night and will have often been without roughage for a good few hours. As an experienced head groom, it used to drive me mad when a groom would turn up on the yard wrapped up with just their eyes showing, start mucking out, get hot, then go round stripping rugs off all the horses as though the horses had been mucking out and got hot too! Had the groom stood still in a stable all morning they would be just as cold as when they arrived on the yard!

 

How to check if a horse might be cold

Do:

  • Check a horse is warm enough, not too warm, if the rug has slipped very regularly
  • Check if a horse’s coat is standing up – this is a good indicator that the horse is feeling chilly, and its natural reaction is to try to increase its coats thermal properties by the hairs standing on end (like goosebumps).
  • Tuck your hand into a horses rug, and feel behind the wither. If it feels chilly he/she may need another layer. If it feels damp he/she is probably too hot.
  • Respond immediately if you spot a horse looking uncomfortable, rugs disturbed or if the horse is shivering or sweating
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast and prepare for temperature swings that are common in autumn and spring and at different parts of the day. Your rug room can feel like a not-so-magic roundabout at these times of year with all the rugging and unrugging only a matter of hours apart
  • Keep a thermometer on the wall outside of the stable so you know what the temperature is on the day, in the yard and make sure you are not relying on a weather forecast which really only applies the most northerly locations of the country!

 

Don’t:

  • Go by the warmth of the horses’ ears or legs.
  • Assume because you are hot/cold the horses must also be. Think about the ambient temperature, what you have been doing, what they have been doing.
  • Never assume because an unclipped/partially clipped performance horse is sweaty from exercise he needs to be left unrugged in order to cool down.

 

 

A rough guide to choosing which rug to use

 

  • Make sure the rug actually fits the horse. There are many online guides to getting this right. Horses can change shape and size year on year. Probably this is something best done well ahead of time so you don’t find yourself stuck for a rug when you actually need it!
  • Horse condition. If a horse is overweight he/she can use this extra weight to expend energy thermoregulating – a healthy way to lose a few lbs but don’t go mad with it! If a horse struggles to hold condition it might be a good idea to provide a little more help so he/she doesn’t waste energy thermoregulating. Clearly, if a horse is shivering it isn’t good sign, even if it is a bit on the heavier side. Likewise a thinner horse isn’t thermoregulating either if it’s sweating under a rug. You need to use your head, or it’s just plain mean to the horse!
  • Horses are better off regulating their own body temperature, mainly through digestion. As winter approaches, ask yourself if a horse needs a little rug, or would an extra hay-net be more beneficial? Does he/she need both?
  • Is there a lot worse to come? Don’t rush to tog your horses up because you are shocked by stepping out of a centrally heated building in late October. Be sensible about the rate at which you add rugs as winter approaches. Do the checks to see if your horse is warm enough, too warm, very regularly and be guided by that ultimately.
  • Most experienced grooms and yard owners learn the needs of the individual horses in their care over time and seem to instinctively know which rugs to use and when. But they will often stop and think about it, or change their minds at the last minute. Do take the opportunity to ask them to explain their logic and thinking so that you might learn from it.
  • Don’t be frightened to call the various well-known rug companies for advice too – sure they will try to sell you a rug, but that won’t stop them giving you some useful advice on the matter in relation to a particular horse you aren’t sure about.

 

In summary

Rugging is both an art and a science. If you don’t really know what rug or combination of rugs will work for a particular horse on a particular day, do ask. Sole charge groom positions are very popular these days and the owners and horses are reliant on you knowing your stuff and staying informed on the facts and latest thinking. Have a great Autumn/Winter and Spring becoming a rug guru! Once again, don’t forget yourself in all this – don’t forget to wrap up appropriately and not to have a cold bath on a freezing winter day! And if you do don’t forget to wick! 😊

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Job Description *Accommodation on site and competitive wage * Historic and traditional environment *Pets and own horse possible Capable enthusiastic person required to join our busy team in large yard of mainly hunters and a few liveries. Competent in all aspects able to plait clip and trim and turn out horses to a high professional standard. A ideal position for someone wanting to step up. Able to take instruction but at times take responsibility and team lead. Effective and confident rider able to school on the flat and over fences. This is a position that can grow according to applicant. Accommodation on site and competitive wage. Minimum Requirements Some experience in a large busy yard. Used to working to deadlines. Experience riding large fit horses in their roadwork and on grass.     Accommodation details A large shared flat on the stable yard provided inclusive of bills.   Benefits This is a job for someone who enjoys putting 100% into the horses in their care. Whilst working in a historic and traditional environment where all the team have a work hard play hard attitude.  
Job Description Experienced, capable sole charge groom required for family yard with 2 horses and 3 ponies. This is a genuine sole charge position so you will be running and managing the yard yourself on a day-to-day basis. The employer used to compete at dressage but now just rides for pleasure, but there is nothing to stop you from competing if you want to. Possible to bring own horse. The employer also has llamas which you will need to be happy to feed when the employer is away. 🙂 There is plenty of grazing and nice facilities for you and the horses.   Minimum Requirement 7.5 lorry drive preferred Must have references and looking for a long-term position. Must be able to lunge and ride   Accommodation details Shared three bedroom cottage with the housekeeper. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate a couple!   Benefits Statutory holiday leave You can bring your own horse and the employer has a horse you can ride as well. If you wish to compete your own horse there will be plenty of time for this, and you are welcome to compete one of the employer’s horses as well.
Job Description *Bonuses *Pool money & bonuses paid *Friendly working atmosphere *Top wages provided *pets welcomed *Accommodation available/partner could be accommodated NH yard looking to recruit stable staff for upcoming season Minimum Requirements Must be confident in handling TB’s, reliable and hardworking.   Accommodation details On site accommodation   Benefits Frequent perks, pension, pool money, good friendly working atmosphere and top wages provided  
Job Description 🙂 Situated in the thoroughbred heartland of Ireland, with easy access to all the main stallion farms, leading veterinary support, as well as road, air and ferry transport routes. 🙂 Yearling Sales Prep opportunity at a well established Irish Stud for a hard-working person with a good level of horsemanship. Previous experience of sales prep an advantage, but not essential. The successful candidate will be able to handle yearling colts and work well in a busy industrious team. 350 acres of prime stud land with top class facilities such as the modern American Barns, Horse Walker, Lunge Rings and Stud Railing throughout.   Accommodation details Accommodation is available if required.   Benefits Salary will vary depending on experience.  
We are looking for a committed, knowledgable groom to manage the livery part of our yard.  High standard of turnout and stable management required.  You must have a thorough knowledge of equine first aid.  Competent rider essential as you will have to ride and lead and assist the pro with young horses.  HGV license a bonues but not essential. You will be part of a highly motivated team, working in a relaxed, friendly yard.  This job is very rewarding but will be hard work. Minimum Requirements Minimum of 5 years grooming experience.  Experience far more important than qualifications.   Accommodation details Accommodation is provided in a mobile home if needed.     Benefits There is a great atmosphere at the yard You will have the opportunity to learn and play Polo    
Job Description Sole charge/Groom/Rider A family run yard with daughter competing on youngsters and up to 4*. Need a capable jockey who is happy to work on their own initiative and turn out to a high standard. We hunt during the winter as well as keeping the eventers ticking over doing dressage and showjumping. Must be confident riding young and fit horses. Basic knowledge of schooling would be beneficial and also looking after basic wounds. Looking for someone enthusiastic with a good sense of humour.   Minimum Requirements -Must be a confident rider. -Would prefer a non smoker but not essential -Could be beneficial if you can drive a trailer/HGV but again not essential.   Accommodation details Accommodation available if needed.   Benefits Stabling of one horse available. Can potentially consider a small dog. Good facilities available, with large turn out paddocks. Small indoor and large outdoor school with jumps and mirrors as well as a washroom and feed room.
*Accommodation available  (apartment) *Competitive salary *Pets and own horse a possibility A fantastic opportunity to learn about how a busy, medium sized and ambitious stud operates and progress your horsemanship skills as part of a professional and friendly team. Role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience preferred, but not essential. Paid holiday and pension scheme. Driving licence essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments:) We have placed several staff with these employers over the years and had great feedback. A professional, well run establishment with a family feel. A great place to develop your career and be part of a small welcoming Team. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Accomplished 3 star level eventer who competes home and abroad is looking for a permanent, full time new Team member to attend all shows/events . Outside the eventing season yard based duties are required along with the rest of the Team but more often than not, there are things going on which would require your expertise. The Rider also pre-trains, (specializing in the breaking and preparing of thoroughbreds for Flat and National Hunt race training). There maybe exercise riding but this is not essential . You will need to have excellent levels of turnout and some experience of competitions to a good  standard. 🙂 Ideally you will be used to transporting horses in a 7.5t lorry and/ or willing to take your HGV license:) Situated in Gloucestershire countryside, surrounded by quiet lanes and orchards .Superb transport links to all areas of the UK :Quiet but easily accessible location. Very good facilities:60m x 35m All weather arena/5 horse walker/Hot water wash /Full set of show jumps/Ideally located for major equestrian facilities and events/Enclosed, high fenced 35m x 60m arena/turnout and schooling pens/Small individually post and rail fenced turnout/Excellent quiet lanes and orchards for hacking. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This could be a great opportunity to step up into a competition Groom’s role from a position in a sport horse/performance horse yard, or you will already be doing this job. Varied and active this is a professional Team who move at a fast pace and to a high professional level.  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*Own horse considered *Live in or out *Fabulous career opportunity for someone wanting to step up *Package IRO £400 neg Accomplished 3 star level eventer who competes home and abroad is looking for a key new Team member. Outside the eventing season the Rider also pre-trains, (specializing in the breaking and preparing of thoroughbreds for Flat and National Hunt race training). There maybe exercise riding but this is not essential . You will need to be an experienced and capable Groom able to manage the Team when the Rider is away and manage ‘the dynamic’ between the Team and the Rider and his clients maturely . You should be hands on by nature able able to pitch in with all usual daily duties to a high and professional standard. Situated in Gloucestershire countryside, surrounded by quiet lanes and orchards .Superb transport links to all areas of the UK :Quiet but easily accessible location. Very good facilities:60m x 35m All weather arena/5 horse walker/Hot water wash /Full set of show jumps/Ideally located for major equestrian facilities and events/Enclosed, high fenced 35m x 60m arena/turnout and schooling pens/Small individually post and rail fenced turnout/Excellent quiet lanes and orchards for hacking. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This could be a great opportunity to step up into from a no 2 position in a sport horse/performance horse yard into a yard management role or you will already be doing this job. Varied and active this is a professional Team who move at a fast pace and to a high professional level.  Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description groom/Rider required for private hunting yard in Rutland a competent capable person to work with quality homebred horses . A varied job , mares foals , youngsters /compition horses in the summer  and hunters in the winter. Applicant to be a good rider and capable of plaiting clipping and turning out to a high standard . driver of a 7.5 tonne lorry a bonus , excellent facilities  , school walker and fantastic riding. cosy flat and a good wage  .   Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details     Benefits    
Job Description We require a groom to help for the forth coming Hunt season. A exciting job as the applicant would be joining a new young and enthusiastic hunt team. A six day a week from August The applicant capable of exercising , and plaiting clipping and turning out to a very high standard. excellent facilities and working conditions.
*Salary £350/£375 pw for PT hours (3/4 hours a day)  * Nice accommodation *Partner/horse (s) and dog welcomed (free stabling/bedding and sponsor provided forage). * 7.5t  lorry driver please. 🙂 Part time role for a full time wage 🙂 Fantastic opportunity for a switched on Groom and Rider (capable on the flat but no jumping required) to look after a small number of horses, on a beautiful family yard run to professional standards for an ambitious young Rider currently active at 3* Eventing level. All usual duties required you MUST be a capable and confident  jockey able to safely hack out very fit performance horses plus some useful schooling required! This would suit a regular capable, experienced Eventing Groom/Rider just looking to work with a nice family considerate to your needs but obviously expecting you to combine theirs or alternatively someone with a few horses who can be flexible enough to provide the work the owners/Rider needs. Please do get in touch with Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.co.uk  
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The “Stern-Buchholz” site is outside the gates of the state capital Schwerin. The team headed by Birgit Brandsätter and Paulo Castro here is responsible for breaking in all the horses, as well as for the further training of the dressage horses and the preparation of the colts for licensing.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
Job Description The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. Finally, the jumping horses go to the third station, the “Scheckenhof”, with its spacious, light-flooded indoor riding arena and the idyllically located outdoor riding arena which is surrounded by the racecourse and in close proximity to the Neustädter See. Dirk Hauser and Christina Heussler organise all the riding stables from here, and two highly renowned trainers are also employed – Paul Niemz and Thomas Mohr. At the Scheckenhof, the further career of each individual horse is also decided.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
*IRO £420pw +accomm & utilities * Dog welcomed * Chance to shine in your career. Home Yard manager/Groom required to run an International show jumping yard very close to Hickstead required would suit those wanting to step up to the very top level or someone wanting to step sideways and not travel too much any more or just someone who wants to be Home Yard based You will be required to provide top-level home support for two well-known Riders who produce and sell top quality horses, as well as train and mentor all levels of riders. Competing on the National and International circuit as well as sourcing, producing and selling some top international horses both for the company and for clients and investors, this is a busy and highly professional environment. You will need to be charming with horses and people! 😉 The successful applicant will have performance horse yard/horse management experience at a med/high level. You will need to be able to demonstrate initiative, reliability and team leadership skills as well as to be able to work within the Team to support a positive and constructive environment. Ideally, you would be interested in the show jumping as a discipline too. New build international SJ stables VERY close to Hickstead. Only 20 minutes away from Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. Facilities include: 22 large stables (12×12) with rubber matting and automatic water drinkers and windows in brand new purpose build brick stabled barn. Waterproof lighting made to measure rubber matting in each stable. International sized all weather jumping arena with sand and fibre with an underfloor watering system to give the horses the BEST footing available. Full set of show jumps including open water All weather lunge arena again with the same surface Horse walker with anti-slip paving that is undercover Grass jumping paddock with derby style fences, three purpose built banks. Fitness fields- 10 acres 17 acres of all year round turnout split into larger and smaller paddocks, including x6 stallion paddocks 3 x rubber matted Wash bays with solariums/ cross ties/ all with hot and cold water Alarmed tack room x 2 Feed room Office with kitchen with hot and cold water and bathroom/ cloakroom Boot/ hat room with heating Rug Room Tack trunk/ storage area Horsebox parking area with hook up On-site accommodation for staff and pupils wishing to stay and train- self-contained apartments with bathroom, kitchen, living area 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit a professional capable of managing the day to day goings on a top-level competition yard and happy not to be travelling with the riders. Best of everything for clients, you, the horses and the Team  To apply please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*First class, dog-friendly, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *Competitive remuneration Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who also enjoys other non-horse duties. This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Ideally, you will have had at least 5 years experience in the industry and enjoy grooming, a little hacking when required, dog and house sitting etc.You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. You should also be able to take sole charge and manage a small team when required. Excellent first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus Owners have a very well trained young German Shepherd who will need some care when owners are away so you need to be comfortable with the breed, but she is very people friendly. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person who is looking for a role which combines horsey/doggy/some ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Owners want to spend more time away from their home and are really looking for someone who can seamlessly keep an eye on things and manage their home,yard  and beloved animals until their return.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. Must hold a standard driver’s license, and a tractor license would be a bonus. Able to drive a Radlader and show ability to recognize when ‘odd-jobs’ need doing. Please note that we are a specialized training stables and work only with young horses, some experience with horses would be useful but not essential. You will be required to complete general handyman tasks around the yard, keeping the premises clean and tidy. Being able to step in and help when needed and occasionally.   Accommodation details The stud’s own apartments, modern and practically furnished, give you affordable living space near your place of work and make it easier for you to form and strengthen social relationships even after you finish work. On request, you will be served breakfast and lunch in the stud’s own canteens.   Benefits Of course, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning, provide you with translating assistance during doctor’s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need. We will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible for you.  
*Dog welcomed *Own horse considered *Flexible accommodation options (shared/with partner/sole) * Fair remuneration. Business man and former European Champion has set up an amazing centre of modern horse breeding “unique” in Europe. The facilities comprise 3,000 hectare (30,000,000 sqm)land in total,spacious stables,large run-in stables and horse-appropriate group-housing for the approx. 4000 horses. A constantly progressing health management and the stud-owned vet clinic provide the perfect care for the horses.These are best prerequisites to guarantee breeding and training at the highest possible professional level. Almost 200 employees, among them 14 vets, are work around the clock for the benefit of the animals and ensure perfect conditions for the approx. 700 foals that are born every year. As a groom at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development.
*Up to £500pw depending on experience *5/5.5/6 day week negotiable *Lovely accommodation available close by on a fram*Pets considered We are looking for someone who enjoys working with top class performance horses and enjoys running a yard to 3* level. You would be required to look after and help with the riding of  6 top class performance horses who regularly compete at a high level and partake in varied disciplines all year round on a private yard. There could be opportunities to hunt/compete yourself if you have the ability and interest to do so. Working alongside the owners and other yard staff (but you will often be in charge of things and expected to organise, so experience of sole charge essential) you ideally will be someone who is used to working to 3* level. Turnout ability should be excellent and you should be able to plait both manes and tails. Some of these horses compete to HOYS level so someone who actually enjoys the ‘spic and span’ approach would thrive in this role! Some Polo going on in the season so would be helpful if you have an interest in this discipline too. The yard has all the mod cons you would wish for to make your life easy! Walker/ Hot wash/Washing machine/ Tumble dryer/ infra Red. Someone who can drive a lorry/tow a trailer would be ideal but not essential. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great pay on this one. This job is one where the employer operates at top level in her disciplines and expects a Groom to match her standards so you need to actually enjoy turnout and always be striving for perfection. Lots of sole charge but when about the employer will ‘quality control’ if required so you need to be someone who sees that as a good thing . If you are a good rider, there will be opportunities but obviously those will be secondary to the grooming/yard manangement role Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Partner welcomed*Dog welcomed *Live in or out *Standard stud hours, with alternate weekends being worked *Four weeks holiday plus bank holidays *Negotiable,competitive salary & discretionary bonus scheme. Beautiful yard adjoining the Cotswold area of outstanding natural beauty on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border  is seeking a full time thoroughbred Stud Hand. You would be required to work alongside an experienced stud manager at a small family owned commercial stud farm foaling at home and prepping foals for sale. 🙂 Thoroughbred Stud experience essential but less experienced candidates who are keen to learn or experienced people who can slot into the role would be considered 🙂 Stud has around ten permanent broodmares, their foals, a couple of yearlings etc. also have some resting racehorses which come for their holidays once or twice a year. The family also have two ponies that they may need occasional assistance with. Helpful if you are qualified and able to drive a small box but not essential, training can be arranged. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This role would suit someone who understands life on a small TB stud – ie very busy times with foal prep etc and very quiet times when all the horses are turned out and staff have to be handy with a strimmer/mower instead!  Best of facilities and a very professional but relaxed family environment. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*IRO £19- £20K pa *Live out (GL56A) *Riding available with good hacking and indooor and outdoor facilities if you are interested.   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard close to the GL56 postcode. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family children and grandchildren ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally but not essentially, light enough to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies 🙂   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun live out role with some flexibility on days and hours if required.  Please call Caroline and the  Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Preparations for a very exclusive horse auction in the south of the Netherlands are in full swing. 2019 is the sixteenth edition and it promises to be a great equestrian spectacle again! The entire week prior to the auction is all about glitter, glamour, luxury and entertainment but the week of the auction itself is fast paced, hard work and an amazing opportunity to gain an invaluable insight.   We are looking for grooms to join our happy and motivated team from 1st October until the end of November 2o19. We specialize in horses at all levels ranging from unbroken up to Grand Prix. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and become part of this iconic event. Succesful applicants will receive comfortable accommodation on site and a competitive salary.       
We are looking for a Rider & a Groom to strengthen our existing team at our stables in the South of Holland. The succesful applicant(s) will receive a salary & their own appartment located on our property. We are looking for hard working people with a sense of humour and who enjoy working as part of a well organised team. Experience is not the most vital ingredient – motivation and a love of horses is.  Our yard comprises 45 stables with indoor and outdoor arenas. We have 7 members of staff most of whom live on site so it is important that the succesful applicant(s) can work as part of a team.    
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full Time/ Part Time Yard Manager/Assistant Manager (trainee) required by a very successful Hanoverian dressage stud which breeds & produces quality British-bred dressage horses using top German bloodlines, is now looking for a hands on team player to be the owner’s right-hand person running the yard on a daily basis. You will work closely within a Team and alongside vets, physios, farrier etc. and manage the work of the team. Would consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity and training will be provided.     Ideally you will have experience of yard management, competition horses mares and young stock and you will be able to lunge/clip/turnout/handle young stock/muck out. Great opportunity for an existing Yard Manager or Grooms with basic performance horse or stud experience & who wish to have the best skills development training. Must be bright, have initiative and possess a good work ethic. Ideally interested in the world of breeding/performance horse training & development.   Whilst exercise riding could be available if you would like and are competent to do, this is primarily a non riding role with the focus being on Yard/Team/Horse management. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Now this is a position which is an outstanding career opportunity for someone who loves Dressage and wants to ‘step up’ and be involved in the management of a yard. Whilst you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and help with the day to day, you will work closely with the yard owner as her right hand person to keep things running as they should whilst she there and when she is away. At the top of their game, the standards are high and you will have to reach those in reasonable time, but there isn’t often an opportunity like this for advancement. If you are already doing the job at this level, then there is an opportunity to do this PT or to bring your skills to the table and add to this Team who are already enormously successful but poised for even greater things in the future!  Please contact Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*Accommodation available *5 day week *Sensible hours *Dog a possibility *Live in or out Dressage Groom (mostly home and occasional competition grooming required) for Intermediate 1 level rider aiming for Grand Prix. 5/6 liveries also on site  Cheerful happy team to work alongside. This yard breeds performance horses too, so young stock handling experience useful . The position entails usual yard duties plus must be able to communicate well within the team and with the liveries. Training provided but must have some experience of handling and grooming performance horses of all ages & levels Caroline’s Comments 🙂 Interesting role, recommended by those who know it! Chance to work within a happy and motivated Team  would suit someone who loves all things Dressage and with some experience. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description In 1992, Paul Schockemöhle, a successful businessman and former European Show Jumping Champion, purchased a large site in the expanses of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. On no less than 3,000 hectares of land in the heart of the protected landscape of the Lewitz, a centre for modern horse breeding which accommodates 4,000 horses and is unparalleled in Europe has emerged over the years. Around 250 employees look after the well-being of the horses, which are kept in spacious stables and in speciesappropriate herds in the expanses of the Lewitz. As a groom or rider at one of the three riding stables, you are responsible for the training and care of the horses bred by Paul Schockemöhle. Many horses which will later cause a sensation in top level sport go through our hands. The daily routine gives you the opportunity to gather a lot of experiences and impressions in every respect. The fact that a renowned trainer is always available to support you will particularly help you with your personal development. The riding stables entrusted with training the horses are three geographically separated farmsteads under a common organisational umbrella. At each of the individual sites, site managers look after the training of the horses with their teams. A jumping horse trained on the Lewitz stud runs through all three stations chronologically. The second station for training a Lewitz jumping horse, the “Rustica”, is located in the immediate vicinity of the main stud. Under the management of Janek and Melanie Hucz, the young horses take their first jumps under a saddle here.    
*Salary IRO 1800 euros *All accommodation and food provided *Seasonal position with far reaching CV improving benefits! This world class service station and stud is looking for experienced stud hands for the forthcoming season to be based in Muhlen, Germany. Some prior experience important as some serious unmatched warmblood breeding stock is involved in this operation names such as  Balou du Rouet, whose offspring’s prize money makes millions plus Sandro Hit plus stallions Fürstenball, Vivaldi, Bordeaux, Foundation, Vitalis, Sir Donnerhall I and Diarado were amongst the leading group of all German stallions according to the German FN’s 2016 predicted breeding value statistics. Last year stallions from Mühlen once again dominated the Oldenburg Elite Mare show and of the twelve mares presented, seven of them were daughters of this yard’s stallions, including the winner Candy OLD by Sir Donnerhall I. The list goes on and on and on! 🙂 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
*2 bed cottage with garden available *Dog welcomed *DIY livery yard very close by *Partner welcomed This employer is looking for a right hand person experienced, knowledgeable and with horsey know how to Groom/Ride and do Person Friday tasks. You must be able to take full care and responsibility for yard/horses etc on the ground and under saddle/lunge. Person Friday duties by the same person  would include some lookimg after 12 year old , light house keeping, , care of guinea pigs and fish tanks, family dog, etc. All PC activities done by children and employer rides too. Must be good with children and a people person as well as an animal person Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
Salary 8.5 Euros/negotiable dependent on experience with no food/accommodation or utilities to pay. You will need some experience grooming competition horses One of the Most Professional SJ yards in the world – Learn your trade with the best and secure your Grooming future with a hands on job. All you need is a passport and an adventurous spirit! Enthusiasm and dedication to work along side the best horses, riders and horse people.This opportunity would be GREAT FUN and a second to none experience which would guarantee your career anywhere you chose in the future both home and abroad. A rare insight into world class horses, world class facilities and a truly remarkable experience for any groom seriously interested in getting to the top of their game. Whilst there are considerable opportunities for advancement and promotion possibilities if you wish to remain in Germany. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a commercial environment where the opportunity to learn is awesome but not for anyone who gets homesick or doesn’t feel comfortable in the commercial end of the horse world. The horses you will encounter are world class and it will certainly add to the breadth and depth of anyone’s experience. Fast paced and exciting in so many ways. A real ‘one off experience’ to add to the CV!    Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Dog a possibility * Training available on the ground from this exceptional horseman*Career opportunity for the switched on Job Seeker 🙂 Great opportunity to develop your career as a Groom in the exciting world of rehabilitation, pre training and the 3* Event world! Accomplished 3 star level eventer, competes home and abroad, is looking for someone keen to learn and grow. Attitudes and an interest in the sport is more important than heavyweight experience. Professional, fun team and a busy inclusive environment. The very best of facilities in a quiet but accessible location Please call Caroline and The Team on 0203 006 5730 or  email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com

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Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd
The Stables
Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
SG17 5LU

caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
0203 006 5730 / 07747 686 118

Registered company number 10657796good site
Caroline Carter Recruitment Ltd is registered with the UK Information Commissioner as a data controller with registered number ZA250621

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