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A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses

A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses

Yes, it’s that time of year again – when everyone reaches for a basic guide to rugging horses! 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 over 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!

Getting Togged up! 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 and is an important consideration in a basic guide to rugging horses. 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 Looking for someone to work weekends mornings 7am to 10am. All general yard duties. Flexibility to cover additional hours would be a bonus Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details     Benefits    
Job Description Groom needed to work all day, 7am to 5pm preferably on a Sunday. All general yard duties, no riding but maybe some lunging. Minimum Requirements Some sole charge so some experience of professional yards preferred. Accommodation details     Benefits    
Job Description Riding Instructor   Fantastic opportunity to train and mentor both children and adults as part of a dedicated team in the dynamic and international environment of Dubai. The position currently reports to the Equestrian Operations Manager of the riding school.   Looking for a truly dynamic and organised equestrian professional to work in one of Dubai’s leading equestrian clubs located in a uniquely green and well-equipped complex, yet only 20 minutes from the city centre. The club has both a livery section as well as an active riding school totalling 100 horses. Activities span across multiple disciplines including show jumping, eventing, dressage, cross-country, pony club or hacking.   Key responsibilities shall include:   Deliver equestrian instruction to riding school, livery and external clients. Monitor and strive to improve current riding levels. Ensure all club standards are adhered to, specifically for instruction and safety. Consider welfare of all school horses as paramount during lessons or whilst competing. Organise and contribute to events and competitions.   Required skills:   The ideal candidate must have a high standard of teaching experience, either BHS qualified or International Passport equivalent. Excellent pedagogical approach to training. Languages: English is mandatory, additional languages, specifically Arabic would be an advantage. Given Dubai’s cultural diversity, the candidate must show cultural awareness and an ability to communicate efficiently with such an international clientele.   This position provides a unique growth opportunity for the candidate within a dynamic team. We offer competitive remuneration with fringe benefits including accommodation and medical insurance.       Looking forward to hearing from you. Minimum Requirements BHS Stages or equivalent coaching qualification   Accommodation details Individual studio   Benefits Chance to compete and really improve your  riding skills.
*Live in or out *IRO £350/£400 neg *Beautiful cottage accommodation (without charge) *friendly dog considered  Groom required to work within a team to a very high standard on this international dressage yard. Essentially a non-riding position (maybe some hacking if capable), so really would suit someone who enjoys the Dressage environment and working with the best of horses and facilities. Keen Team player required who will be excited to work in a world-class establishment. Purpose-built International Dressage facilities:Indoor/outdoor schools, wash downs, walker, lots of well-kept post and rail turnout paddocks etc Pls Call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
* Own horse a possibility *Pets considered *Iro $500 pw *Training available 🙂 Fantastic life & career opportunity! 🙂 Job Description Candidate needs to have experience and be comfortable cleaning/bathing horses, tacking/untacking, bandaging/booting, keeping tack cared for, mane pulling, trimming and body clipping.   Yard duties when not grooming for a head trainer.  Grooming about 60% of position. Minimum Requirements Must have at least 6 months of working in a barn or as a full time groom.  We will train, so proficiency can be acquired while here.   Accommodation details Lovely furnished shared apartment on property with private bedroom, shared bath with one other, full laundry facilities, great-room, big kitchen with dishwasher, all necessary cooking/flatware/glassware and private pantry.   Benefits Housing, Salary, and Workmen’s Comp Insurance.  Riding lessons, horse board and training also possible.    
* Competitive hourly rates * Interesting and varied role Job Description General yard work handling and looking after mares, foals and young stock, including sale preparation.   Minimum Requirements Must be confident around thoroughbreds but, on sight training will always be available  
Job Description Part time/Full time Riding instructor in a medium sized riding school in South East London. Experience more important than qualifications. A very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, providing regular instructor training. We are open 7 days a week and offer a wide range of lessons and activities. From forest, beach country park riding to jumping, XC, vaulting, polo cross. We have a Pony Club and offer riding for the disabled. Most of our lessons are private lessons and most of our horses are privately owned, turned out daily and cared for to a high standard, which makes them happy horses to work with.   Minimum Requirements Experience in teaching a variety of levels. BHS Stage 1 and 2 would be ideal   Accommodation details No accommodation provided     Benefits Instructor training    
* Horse considered *Professional supportive Team & environment * 5.5-day week *Salary negotiable from £350pw depending on experience Experienced Home Groom/exercise Rider for a world-renowned yard. Run by two well known and established professionals respected on the performance horse circuits in top tier Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping as Riders and exceptional producers of young horses they are now looking to expand their Team. This is a position for an experienced professional, capable of taking sole charge when required and able to work well alongside long term Groom, owners and Clients. The role would suit someone experienced and happy in this kind of high level, but mostly relaxed environment. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate maturity, will be able to communicate well with Team and visiting clients etc. Flexibility essential and would be best suited to a very practical person able to use their own initiative/able to think on their feet. Must be able to conduct themselves well under pressure on occasions and with discretion. Naturally, you must be able to generally work and turnout (including clipping) to a good standard for a variety of occasions. Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List Team, quoting reference code JL56475 on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Close to Limoges Airport with daily flights to the UK, 5 minutes from a town where English is commonly spoken *Nice apartment 5 minutes from stud farm/training stables. * Fight ticket offered. *Salary IRO £18kpa plus accomm. We are looking for a qualified, good work rider to support our team. We have about 10 horses to train, thoroughbreds and race arabs, flat racing only. Excellent private training tracks in a relaxed surrounding. Very little mucking out boxes (only if one is on holiday), very good salary and work in a small team. Close to a town where English is spoken everywhere. If you are a licenced jockey, we will give you the opportunity to ride in races. Good rider, reliable Person. Nice appartment in town, 5 minutes from stud farm/training stable. 1 1/2 days off a week, 4 weeks holidays, flight ticket from London offered.
Job Description Groom wanted for dressage yard. Must be a capable and confident worker with a good attitude to the horses, work and colleagues. Ability to work with all types and ages of horses, including foals, stallions and competition horses. Highest of standards in all aspects of work from mucking out to competition preparation. Must be self motivated, thinking on your feet and a step ahead of the game.   Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details Negotiable   Benefits    
Job Description Stud Groom at very successful show jumping stud, to work as part of a small dedicated team in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. All general yard duties and assist with foalings, youngstock handling, stallion handling and sports horses. Preparing horses for gradings, riding, backing, breaking and producing available to the right applicant. Help with own horse too if required. Varied job throughout the stud season being a busy AI centre too. Also farm cattle and sheep and practise good land management so suit a fit capable person who is able to to take sole charge at times of a large farm and associated animals. Role can be tailored to suit the right applicant.   Minimum Requirements All yard duties and able to handle mares, stallions and youngstock.     Accommodation details Modern single person flat     Benefits Successful stud breeding top class foals primarily for show jumping, busy AI centre, varied job with riding if suitable. Training and help if required. 5 day week.    
Job Description Private event yard has two vacancies to join our team based in West Somerset. The first is for an Experienced Groom, and the second an Apprentice Groom. As well as working with our team of event horses, applicants will also be required to work with young stock and retired veteran horses Minimum Requirements Applicants for the Experienced Groom position must be a competent rider, and have a high standard in all aspects of yard work, turnout and working horses from the ground. Applicants for the Apprentice position must show a genuine interest in the job and willingness to learn All applicants must be able to work as part of a team, and be prepared to be adaptable during the competition season, and be willing to travel to events which may require a number of days away from home base. Must have use of own transport.     Accommodation details No accommodation on site but a generous remuneration package for both positions will include an element of financial support and help to find local accommodation   Benefits An excellent remuneration package is offered negotiable depending on experience etc. We offer a five day week on a rolling rota- 9.5 hours per day. There is a bonus scheme on offer for travel to events. Full holiday entitlement Company pension scheme available Opportunity to train with international rider and trainers Own horse/pets to be discussed at interview  
*IRO £350/£400pw plus accomm neg. according to experience *Partner welcomed * 1 dog  welcomed *Current Groom highly recommends (has worked in lots of positions previously but says this is one of the best!) Privately owned estate in a beautiful location with new stables, excellent turnout, private hacking, large outdoor school and a beautiful s/c two-bed ‘upside down’ cottage available. Experienced Sole Charge Groom/Exercise Rider required for a Family competition yard. Mostly a very relaxed environment without the pressure of a full on competition Grooms role on a professional yard. Daughter  (17) is highly motivated and events to 2* currently and trains with some very well known names in the horse industry from a variety of the disciplines. You will need to be confident to be left in sole charge of 3 event horses belonging to this ambitious junior rider but have the maturity and sensitivity to know when to step up and step back as mother and daughter do get hands-on also when they are about. You must be capable and competent hack out solo, do fitness work, lunge etc. High turnout standards and full yard management from feeding to paddock maintenance and everything in between and all usual duties both home and away. You should also be able to clip and turnout for events. Travelling to competitions a must as is the ability to drive a 7.5t lorry. Some additional duties to include occasional care of the yard and 3 lovely small dogs when owners away. Please contact Caroline & The Team, quoting reference code JL56081 on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*5 day week * Up to £400pw neg. depending on experience *(Horsey experience useful for occasional help on the yard ;)) Private household based on a small 20-acre country Thoroughbred Stud now seeking a Housekeeper who must be animal-friendly. You would be required to look after 2 dogs, as well as the main the house when the owner is away frequently during the week so some caretaking/supervision of an empty house required.  You must, of course, be reliable and honest and be happy to be in a country location with periods on your own. (Subject to DBS checks) You will have some knowledge of and experience in cleaning and sanitising rooms to varying levels to meet requirements, willingness to learn new cleaning methods and how to use various pieces of equipment, ability to adapt to different situations (owner and extended family in residence/not) and be able to  change work processes to accommodate employer needs etc. Example of Housekeeper Job Duties Dusting and polishing furniture and fixtures Cleaning and sanitising toilets, showers/bathtubs, countertops, and sinks Maintaining a clean and sanitary kitchen area Making beds and changing linens Washing windows Vacuuming and cleaning carpets and rugs Sweeping/vacuuming, polishing, and mopping hard floors Sorting, washing, loading, and unloading laundry Ironing clothing items Using any cleaning equipment such as vacuums, mops, and other cleaning tools Keeping bathrooms stocked with clean linens, toiletries, and other supplies Cleaning mirrors and other glass surfaces Emptying trash receptacles and disposing of waste Steaming and cleaning draperies Tidying up rooms Monitoring cleaning supplies and ordering more as needed Reporting any necessary repairs or replacements   Please contact Caroline & The Grooms List team, quoting reference code JL55773 on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Dog welcomed *DIY livery yard very close by *Morning or afternoon neg. some flexibility on occasions ideal. This employer is looking for a PT right hand person experienced, knowledgeable and with horsey know how to Groom/Ride and do Person Friday tasks to work one half of the day with one other providing the other half day! You must be able to tow a trailer and have a full and clean license plus 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 looking 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
*Accommodation available or live out *Very competitive and negotiable remuneration from £400/£450PW Advanced Dressage Rider in training and livery with internationally renowned Rider/Coach at top yard in Oxfordshire needs an experienced Groom to care for her 6 dressage horses and help with the day to day . There could be exercise riding/more for the right person or not. The Rider/owner 100% will pitch in and help. Must be able to care for competition horses at the highest level, plait clip etc and should be happy to attend competitions at least once a month. Ideal but optionally it would be great if you were able to drive an 18t/Left hand Drive lorry. Good people skills required as well as horse skills as you will need to work on the trainer’s yard harmoniously with other staff employed there, although the horses will be sole charge responsibility. Lovely friendly yard with great team.   🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fantastic opportunity to work in one of the United Kingdom’s most professional Dressage training yards alongside a legendary Rider/Trainer and his Team but sole charge for one of his valued clients. Amazing career opportunity! Please apply directly to Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*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  
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
Job Description *Upwards of £500pw depending on experience + pool money & bonuses paid *Friendly working atmosphere *Pets welcomed *Accommodation available/partner could be accommodated National Hunt  yard looking to recruit Riders and or Rider:Grooms for upcoming season. Friendly working atmosphere and fabulous location with the best of facilities. Minimum Requirements You can be from any discipline but must be confident in handling and riding TB’s. Confident and  previous experience riding out would be preferred but if plenty of riding experience in other disciplines this would also have its advantages. Accommodation details On site accommodation options single/shared/with partner 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a fabulous opportunity for competent and capable riders to get a lot of saddle time on a professional yard with quality horses and be very well remunerated and looked after as part of a professional Team. Great opportunity to experience another discipline or to put your existing experience into good use.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
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.  
  * 5/5.5 or 6 day week optional *Salary IRO £400/£450 depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom/Rider who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment. You will need to be a capable and confident Rider on the flat and over jumps and able to keep the family horses all going well.  There could be an opportunity to compete and/or bring on younger horses if you are capable and interested but this is optional. The family have a home yard, which houses 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  another close by with a various assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.) The family are looking for someone flexible to be home/away and you must be looking to join them for the long term, on an exciting equestrian journey with 3 young, ambitious daughters and supportive parents who will facilitate these ambitions. The family consists of non-riding dad who is looking forward to spending more time with his family as part of their journey, mum who is an experienced horsewoman but now prefers just to hack/school a little and 3 daughters (aged 12-15 years old) who are very keen indeed. The girls all do BSJ and want to eventually do European tours & be on YR teams. They are the focus of the role and all activities that go on with both yards, will underpin these equestrian dreams. Working alongside the FT trainer and yard manager you will enjoy working with a fellow talented Rider and old school horsewoman with very high standards. You will be mature and confident enough to know when to step up when needed and know also, when to step back. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Fabulous chance to join a family on their exciting journey through the levels. This could also be your opportunity to prove what you can do as a Rider  whilst being an integral Team member. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
*IRO £350/375 pw + accomm *Beautiful accommodation (Live in or out)  *Riding available with good hacking and indoor and outdoor facilities   Groom/Rider required for a small family yard. The family enjoy a variety of disciplines and the family, children and grandchildren all ride too so a happy, fun environment with lots going on.    The ideal applicant will be a team-player & ideally able to ride slightly smaller horses/ponies :). There is opportunities to go hunting if you are interested.    🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A good wage, for a groom with some experience who is looking for a fun role. Super facilities and top accommodation. Please call Caroline and the team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*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.
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 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.    
*Horse/dog/partner welcomed * IRO 2000 euros pcm and accommodation included in the package. Fixed period contract available (reviewed at the end of first season) for an experienced Groom/yard manager/Rider (Knowledge of hunting/show jumping ), who is required to assist with 4 Irish and French hunt & SJ horses, (one a former steeple chase champion) on a beautiful 18th century french yard in the Loire valley. The Loire valley and its chateaux have charmed visitors for centuries. Their ornate architecture, elaborate decoration, and lavishly planted gardens, were designed to impress. You would need to enjoy a family atmosphere – there are other people working on the farm and on the estate and numerous English people living in the surrounding area. Duties required: Riding each horse every day.Riding is mostly exercise work but you should be capable of keeping a horse going well. No jumping required. Grooming including plaiting and clipping & tack cleaning Cleaning the tack room, maintaining the stables (some painting from time to time), polishing hunting boots, cleaning truck or trailer, etc Driving to the hunt (twice a week during season) and taking care of the horses after the day. Must be able to drive a 3.5t lorry to the meet and back which on some occasions involves a rather long day. Time off in lieu given on non hunting days . The same requirement for show jumping shows  (from May till end of June) CSI 1* and National shows Working Hours/days. 5/5.5/6 days optional.  35 hour week neg. Non hunting days Yard starts at 7.30am/break from 12:30 – 3:30 pm General  Smoker OK Facilities: 18th century estate with stables from the same period several meadows on the estate and the horses are given turnout No menage available so all ridden work out and about. Remuneration IRO 2,000 € / month max. depending on experience. Accommodation is included in the package. Accommodation There is some choice on accommodation – on site (an apartment over the stables) or in town 2-bedroom flat in the little town of Loches (a nice medieval city just 5 km away which has shops and bars etc). 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Great job for the genuine Francophile and promises variety and interest. Probably worth investigating prior to application for those who don’t know, the types of hunting that go on in the region, as may not suit everyone. 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. 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.  
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘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 optional)You should be capable of all grooming duties (plus clipping), happy to hack out and do canter work with fit horses when required. Excellent equine 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 and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person . 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 but be  mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
* 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 are more important than heavyweight experience for this particular vacancy. 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
Job Description *Salary negotiable *Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses and helping a person who uses a wheelchair, (some personal care).  Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required   Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
Job Description *Salary negotiable * Days per week flexible *50% staff discount on all hotel & Spa facilities Non smoker needed for a full-time country position in North Yorkshire.  Must be versatile and can turn your hand to a variety of tasks.  Experience with horses. Must like dogs. 32 days paid holiday (incl. Bank holiday) The applicant must be a good communicator and have a friendly and cheerful personality and good with children. This is a live-in position with responsibility. 2 References required Minimum Requirements Ride Safe Certificate Horse Care Teaching experience Able to train young ponies Driver Accommodation details Live in main house with own bedroom   Benefits Staff discounts on nearby Hotel/Spa  
*Career opportunity – Could consider someone in a trainee yard management capacity. * Salary IRO £21K neg. *Live out or live in   Full-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 a 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 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      
* £400 negotiable +accommodation plus bills paid. *Very pretty 1 bed cottage (barn conversion) *Dog and horse possible *5 day week *Chance to take HGV license if required Experienced Eventing yard manager with some hunting know how required to work alongside 2 other staff to run a really friendly and fun family yard. You should be totally capable of stepping up and running all aspects but also a team player with good people and horse skills! You will of course be required to do all usual duties to a high standard home and away. HGV ideal but could put through a test so you must have some experience of driving a lorry. Rider very considerately does most of late night checks herself (!) but this role will involve total care and management of her 7 event horses (youngest is 6 years old). They are all 3 & 4 * plus the family hunters. There is something going on for the event horses all year around so never a dull season!  There is always about 8-15 horses to do between the Team Great facilities close in a beautiful Nort Yorkshire location : Full size menage/x country training course/decent hacking. Fairly close to A1 so easy to get out and about. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 A real fun, long term role working for a fun and friendly family who care about their horses and their staff. Good remuneration,cracking location and considerate employers what’s not to like!  Please contact Caroline & 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.    
*Lovely country estate lifestyle rarely available. *Ability to ride an advantage *IRO  £23.5K  PA + 2-bed accommodation with access to garden area *Couples welcomed 2 x experienced thoroughbred Stud Hands required, (for the season or permanent), to work under an established Stud Groom and alongside other staff in a beautiful estate setting. A team approach to typical stud work with associated stud hours ie: sometimes quiet and other times round the clock eg: foaling season (CCTV in all flats).  Ideally, you will have enough experience that when the Stud Groom is away on occasions you can step up and take charge. Some sitting up will be required. Mares and foals/young stock/R+R for racehorses all kept and some sales prep required etc. TB experience essential and ideally gained on a thoroughbred stud. Based amidst thousands of acres in the heart of Wiltshire this Stud is on a private Estate consisting of the Stud itself, farmland, woodland and gardens. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £20-£25K  *Lovely accommodation *Lots of time to do 3/4 horses to the best standards *Amazing hacking through forests and countryside available. This position is mostly based on the German/Dutch border. Working alongside one other Groom who we placed a whle ago and who loves her life! This is a lovely opportunity for the right person. If you are an experienced Groom wanting to give the best care to 3/4 beautiful and well-behaved Dressage geldings who belong to a friendly but busy owner then you will love this! Total care and management of these top-level Dressage horses in Germany/France/Wellington Florida required. These horses travel well and enjoy their lives, so you too should enjoy the variety and top-level treatment you will receive as their Groom. You must be able to turn out well for international competitions and husbandry must be of a very high standard day to day. Please call Caroline & 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

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