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A Grooms Guide to First Aid at Competitions

A Grooms Guide to First Aid at Competitions

One of the most exciting things you can do as a groom is to take a horse you have been looking after and see it perform to its best at a competition. It’s a buzz and it’s a big responsibility. I have seen you guys looking so proud – it’s a moment!

There is such a lot to of preparation required, so many things to remember to do and to bring, and so many places to be at certain times. Time to really showcase your skills and experience; oh and the chance for some cracking junk food at the show venue, too! All that being said, how would you cope if something went wrong with one of the horses in your care at a show? How prepared are you for a sick or injured horse? The dream outing can quickly turn into a nightmare if you aren’t up to speed with at least the basics. Former competition groom Kelly Wallace Horne gives us a grooms guide to first aid at competitions…

 

Horse First Aid kit contents

Prepare for the unexpected

Amongst everything else you need to load on the lorry, a first aid kit (both human and horsey) can be overlooked whilst you focus on the agenda for the day to make sure you have everything else you need. Most horse owners will keep human and horse first aid kits on the lorry permanently but you must ensure that you have everything YOU need for the horses in your care on the day, either in the main first aid kit or in a separate box. It is helpful to keep a list of contents and useful contacts attached to the inside of the lid of the box, such as your vet, a local horse transporter and insurance company etc. The horse first aid kit must be stocked and restocked regularly with items such as :

  • Clean bowl
  • A bright torch for inspecting wounds in poor light (and spare batteries!)
  • Clean towel
  • Large roll of cotton wool
  • Round-ended curved scissors for trimming hair from wound edges
  • Anti-bacterial scrub eg Hibiscrub
  • Pack of sterile saline — very handy when on the move
  • Ready-to-use poultice eg Animalintex
  • Non-stick dressings eg Melolin
  • Gamgee and large scissors for cutting it to size
  • A selection of bandages including:
    • Stretch cotton bandages
    • Elastic self-adhesive bandages eg Vetrap,
    • Tubular bandage eg Tubigrip
    • A set of stable bandages
  • A roll of electrical insulating tape 2cm wide
  • A roll of black PVC tape or silver duct tape 7.5 or 10cm wide
  • A gentian violet or antibiotic spray
  • Petroleum jelly eg Vaseline
  • Wound powder containing fly repellent
  • Wound gel such as Dermagel, Intrasite Gel or Vetalintex
  • Small pair of tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Paper and pencil
  • A length of baler twine
  • Rope halter
  • Hoof pick
  • Shoe removal kit ie buffer, hammer, pincers, pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Cotton wool pads and buds
  • Wound pads
  • Salt
  • Sharp scissors
  • A clean container for washing area
  • Wound powder
  • Ice packs (the sort you hit and they instantly freeze)
  • Thermometer
  • Sudocreme
  • Hoof pick
  • Stethoscope
  • Syringes
  • Electrolytes
  • Eyewash
  • Clean towels
  • Epsom Salts
  • Hoof Boot
  • Latex Gloves
  • Tea bags (not for you – read on! 😊)

Top Tip: Remember we recently discussed Understanding a Horses Vital Signs? It’s a very good idea to take a note of the travelling horses’ resting vital signs with you when you take the various horses off-site – it can prove invaluable information in the event of a medical emergency.

✓ Horse First Aid box: done! ✓

 

So now you have everything you need in a crisis in your horse first aid box, let’s look at just some of the possible incidents you may need to tackle whilst at a show…

 

 

Reactions to dust in temporary stabling and arenas – coughing/breathing affected

The signs:

  • laboured/heavy breathing
  • coughing
  • sweating
  • general signs of distress

Action to take:

  • take the horse into a well ventilated, clean, open area with a little dust as possible
  • soaking the horse’s hay can be of benefit
  • stabling on a low-dust bedding.

If the owner hasn’t noticed, tell them, if the problem persists a vet must be called and the horse attended to. If the horse is well enough it might be suggested you all go home, but never travel a horse who has developed such symptoms whilst at a venue without authority to do so.

 

Taking a horse to a showOverheating

As we discussed in our article A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses, overheating is a big threat to a horses health. Competing horses on hot days, also horses standing on hot lorries under the summer sun, and/or being over-rugged on a hot lorry are all risks. Unless you know the horse inside out. Getting the rugging right is, to a certain extent, trial and error, but remember it can get very hot in a lorry or trailer so what applies at home won’t necessarily apply to a horse in transport or even at the venue. The air flow in your temporary stable and the dust levels etc will all be different to what the horse is used to at home. A grooms experience really pays off here. If in doubt, ask the owner of the horse. Hopefully, things won’t progress to being an issue, but be vigilant for any of the following…

The signs:

  • a sudden increase in sweating
  • rapid breathing rate
  • nostrils flared
  • rapid heart rate
  • muscle tremors or cramps

Action to take:

  • remove the horse from the hot environment and into a cool, well-ventilated area (depending on probable cause)
  • take the horse into the shade (depending on probable cause)
  • offer the horse water to drink
  • wash the horse off with cool water and remove excess water with a sweat scrape

Immediately inform the owner and if the horse doesn’t improve and a vet will be required.

 

Azoturia/Rhabdomyolysis (A.K.A “tying up”)

Horses at shows can be more susceptible to tying up especially if they have a few days of reduced exercise followed by a day with intense exercise. When a horse ties up the waste products of exercise accumulate in the muscles and cause damage to them which is very painful. Signs range from stiffness of the hindlimbs through to being unable to walk. The muscles of the hindquarters may be hard and painful and you may see tremors and sweating. Of course, this is another instance where the owner and a vet need to be consulted.

If this happens, stop exercise immediately and keep the horse warm and quiet. Top Tip:  It is useful to try and observe the horse urinating to see if the urine is discoloured red/brown from muscle damage. Of course, this is another instance where the owner and a vet need to be consulted.

The horse will need pain relief and rest, and the vet will offer to take a blood sample to assess the level of muscle damage. Some cases require intravenous fluid therapy.

Top Tip:  During recovery cut out energy-rich feed and include electrolytes.

 

Injuries at horse showsCuts, Grazes and Puncture Wounds

Wounds are very common injuries and it is vital to be able to evaluate the severity of the cut. Always ensure both you and your horses are fully vaccinated against Tetanus, so there is not a panic over every tiny wound. Some wounds can be managed without veterinary assistance but some innocuous looking wounds near to joints or tendon sheaths can be the most dangerous, so if you are in any doubt as to the significance of a wound, it is best to contact the owner and a vet for advice.

  • If you find your horse has a wound and will not place any weight on the limb, then call for help, do not move the horse in case there is a fracture underneath the wound.
  • If the wound is bleeding heavily apply a dressing, then several layers of cotton wool or Gamgee and bandage as tightly as possible.
  • In an emergency, tail or exercise bandages can be used, but always put plenty of padding underneath. For wounds in areas that can’t be bandaged, maintain firm hand pressure over the wound using clean padding until help arrives.
  • If a foreign body is visible in the wound, leave it in place if at all possible. This will help the vet to evaluate the damage and it may be dangerous, to yourself and the horse, to remove it.

 

Not Drinking/Urinating

If your horse is not drinking and/or urinating but is bright, has a good appetite and is working well, then do not panic but try to increase the amount of fluid they are taking in.

  • Top Tip:  Offering one bucket with electrolytes, apple juice or cut apples alongside a bucket of plain fresh water can sometimes tempt them to drink.
  • Otherwise soaking or at least wetting hay, keeping bucket feeds sloppy and if possible taking out for some in-hand grazing will all help.
  • If they are not drinking and seem quiet or dull check their temperature and seek advice from the owner, and possibly a vet if advised by the owner, as they may have become dehydrated or be otherwise unwell.
  • If they are drinking but not urinating you can try them in differing situations; Top Tip:  some horses are more willing to urinate in a freshly bedded stable, others outside and others in the familiar environment of their trailer/lorry.

 

Dealing with Skin Allergies/Allergic Reactions

Horses can develop skin bumps due to a number of irritants and allergens, and it can be very difficult to identify the cause of a reaction. Possibilities can include feed/hay, inhaled substances, insect bites, shampoos or coat sprays, vaccines, heat and stress. The lumps can develop rapidly or slowly and can just be in one localised area of the horse’s body, or cover a wider area. Some horses appear unaffected by the skin reaction, but others can be very itchy or distressed.

It is always a worry that lumps may interfere with breathing, and a swollen nose/nostrils is a big concern. Skin lumps down the neck rarely cause breathing problems because horses have protective cartilage rings around the windpipe.

In the event of skin irritation think of any new substance the horse has recently been exposed to (e.g. new bedding, feed supplement, grooming spray etc) so you can remove and/or avoid it. Washing down with cool water can help soothe and reduce itchiness. The horse may require antihistamines or steroids to reduce the lumps and irritation, so don’t delay consulting a vet if the symptoms persist.

 

Call the on duty vetDeveloping a runny nose during the day

As unpleasant as it is, do inspect any discharge before cleaning the horse’s nose. Check your horse’s vital signs to make sure the runny nose is not a symptom of something much more serious and possibly contagious. Make a note of the colour, quantity and any unusual or unpleasant odour. Observe your horse’s behaviour – does he/she seem dull or lethargic? Are there any other symptoms accompanying it, such as laboured breathing, coughing, or skin irritation? If so it is important that you consult a vet.

If the horse’s nasal discharge is clear and watery, and he/she seems well otherwise, then it’s probably nothing to worry about. It is most likely a localized irritation in the nasal passages. Thick, foul-smelling discharge, blood or saliva and chewed food are not a good sign and it’s best to speak to the owner and, if directed, to a vet.

 

Choke

Choke is as the name suggests, and the most common cause is swallowing food which is either too dry or coarse (most often hay), or which swells rapidly once chewed so that when the horse swallows the food is slowed or stopped in its passage down the horse’s oesophagus. It is often seen in greedy, stressed, or excited horses that attempt to swallow hay or feed without chewing it properly. The most obvious signs are a discharge of saliva and feedstuff from the nose and/or mouth, lethargy and difficulty swallowing. When the choke first occurs some horses panic and make repeated unsuccessful efforts to swallow. Fortunately, in most cases, the saliva continually produced in his/her mouth acts as a lubricant to the obstruction, and it eventually completes its passage into the stomach. If in doubt call the owner and the vet. Vets can often assist with by administering a sedative or a spasmolytic injection to help relax the oesophagus, or by encouraging the obstruction through the oesophagus and into the stomach with the help of a stomach tube. If your horse shows signs of choke it is very important not to allow the horse to eat or drink anything further until the obstruction is cleared.

Good practices to help avoid choke include:

  • Soaking feed
  • Providing hay in a small holed hay net
  • Avoiding feeding hard food until a horse is calm and settled
  • Ensuring access to clean drinking water
  • Cutting carrots and apples into finger-sized slithers and NOT allowing horses to munch whole carrots and apples

 

Eye Problems

First Aid at Horse Shows

Minor eyelid swelling or a little watery or “mucoid” discharge can usually be treated out of your first aid box, but do ensure the horse’s eye is wide open and comfortable in full daylight first! These can result from all sorts of thing from an allergic reaction to a sting, getting something in his/her eye, trauma etc. It is very important to ascertain the cause so you know how to proceed – if in doubt call the owner and, when advised, a vet. If you suspect something minor, with the owner’s approval you could try bathing with cooled boiled water and cold compresses, including cold damp tea bags.

If the horse’s eye is very swollen, has considerable discharge or is closed then this should be examined by the vet. Eye problems can be very painful, so this may require sedation so the vet can fully assess the eyeball and surrounding tissue.

Top Tip: Horses with painful eyes often benefit from being in a low-light environment so if the stable cannot be made dark then a fly mask with duct tape over the affected side can help. However, this mustn’t be applied until you are advised to do so and the cause is 100% identified.

 

Colic

The best grooms are always right to be concerned about any colic – it is the number one killer of domesticated horses, according to a study by the Morris Animal Foundation. The term colic describes any abdominal pain, ranging from simple indigestion, which will often resolve by itself, to twisted gut, which could require surgery. Research has shown that around 10% of the horse population get colic on an annual basis. Stress, which is often heightened in a competition setting, can exacerbate digestive issues and provide the perfect storm for a colic incident.

The signs:

  • Pawing or scraping the ground
  • Turning to look at the abdomen or flanks
  • Restlessness – getting up and down, trying to roll
  • Attempting to urinate frequently
  • Increased pulse and high temperature
  • Less in, less out – decreased appetite and fewer droppings

There are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of colic at a show:

  • Stick to some familiar management routines at the competition venue to reduce anxiety in the horses in your care. Get into a routine which is familiar to them on every outing and stick to it
  • Don’t make any feed or forage changes – if possible take your own usual hay and feed, and even pre-order familiar bedding!
  • Don’t overload the horse with concentrated feed that needs a lot of concentrated chewing
  • Keep treats like carrots, apples cut into finger-sized slithers.

If the worst happens and a horse in your care is showing any signs of colic, call the owner and a vet immediately. Even minor cases may not resolve spontaneously. While you are waiting, food should be removed, although the horse can have water. Painkillers, such as bute, should not be given except under veterinary advice. If the horse is manageable, quiet walking to help distract a horse and shift things along within the digestive system may be helpful, but never walk a horse until it is exhausted.

Despite the best management, the risk of colic can never be eliminated completely. However, with an understanding of potential causes, warning signs and preventative measures, you can greatly reduce your horse’s chances of suffering from it at a show.

 

This is a massive subject and we haven’t covered everything or gone into great depth, but hopefully, it will be another refresher for the more experienced of you and a useful start point for the more junior groom. Never be frightened to talk to a more senior competition groom about their “competition strategies” and have a nose in their first aid box, it’s an opportunity not to be missed!

Veggy burger

 

Finally, don’ t forget to keep yourself safe at a competition! You want to look nice but do ensure you have the right gear yourself.

Top Tip: ENJOY! And, when the time is right, have the BIGGEST burger on the menu. Or you could go for the vegetarian option. 🙂

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PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE 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 Friendly working atmosphere and a fabulous location with the best of facilities awaits. You must be confident and experienced in handling and riding TB’s. This would suit a professional NH/Flat Racing Groom & Rider with excellent references. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com 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.    Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Apprentice Groom required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment. Opportunity to groom at competitions, and learn about all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside experienced grooms and learn from them in a hands on way. College apprenticeship offered – Level 3 Advanced Apprentices preferred, but Level 2 Apprentices with good experience of working with fit event horses also welcome. Must be able to hack fit event horses.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking).   Minimum Requirements Must have experience of working with for competition horses and have a good knowledge of basic safe practice.   Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat.   Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.  
Job Description *Own horse welcomed *Pets considered *5 1/2 days pw (depending on competitions)*Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders. Live in Groom/Exercise Rider required to work in a 5* eventing yard  – a professional, private yard near Devizes, Wiltshire. 8 horses from at all levels up to 5* (including a few retirees). This close-knit team works hard and takes care of each other. Dressage, SJ and XC lessons provided for keen riders on their own horse.  Most importantly, must like and care about our horses. Overseen by a full time professional event rider based at our yard who competes at 5* and who also competes some of the horses you will be responsible for looking after.  Flat and Jump lessons will also be available with the professional as part of your employment.  Competitions also possible on own horse as part of our competition schedule Must be experienced grooming at competitions, as well as comfortable with all aspects of top class sport horse welfare and yard management.  You will work alongside another experienced groom/rider. Must be able to hack fit event horses, and ideally be fine to do some faster canter fitness work with them.  No need to school for dressage or jumping (although we are happy for you to help with this if you are able and want to). Superb facilities (indoor 23 stable American barn, indoor and outdoor schools, horse walker, lunge pen, and lovely hacking). Good wage and benefits. Minimum Requirements Candidates must be able to perform full stable duties and horse care, hack well and safely, lunge, and have a high standard of competition turn-out. Accommodation details Live in position, with shared onsite accommodation in a spacious and well appointed 4 bedroom staff flat. Benefits Free livery for your horse.   Lessons will be provided.   Opportunities to travel to local and international events.  The farm is in Wiltshire, near Devizes on the edge of Salisbury Plains, and about 30 minutes from the lovely cities of Bath and Salisbury.
*Package totally negotiable for someone with desired skills, experience & qualifications * Well appointed house available for couples Lovely, long term job for a single person or a working couple. Position (s) suited to experienced and competent person(s) for a position on a family yard with top competition standards and where they are used to competing at the highest levels. This family-run show jumping yard in Warwickshire needs an experienced Groom(s)/Exercise Rider(s) to work alongside other full and part-time staff in caring for 14 stable kept horses – a mix of show jumpers and children’s ponies. All usual duties. Youngstock and retired horses also kept in the field so will need to be used to handling young stock. Two children in the family so must be a child, friendly person. Friendly and fun family. The role includes some all usual yard work home but away at shows too to professional standards. HGV license ideal. Team player essential. Some weekends so flexibility required. On-site accommodation provided (not shared, could be a house for a couple or a flat). Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730/07747 686118 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
PLEASE NOTE, FOR THIS VACANCY,  WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM JOB SEEKERS WITH: A CURRENT CV ATTACHED TO A CURRENT JOB SEEKER PROFILE AN HGV LICENSE (able to drive a 26t lorry)  *Salary IRO £400/£450+ top, top wage for previous competition grooming experience depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed This vacancy is a lovely and rare opportunity for an experienced Groom who combines the experience of working on a family yard, with performance horse know how ideally gained within a SJ/jumping environment to work as a competition Groom or would suit someone already experienced in Competition grooming. This family of young riders are very active most weekends and therefore you will need to be prepared to cover this, although some weekends off are available by prior arrangement and exception. You will need to be flexible to work 5.5 sometimes 6 days a week Must be prepared to cover weekends and stay away You will need to be flexible enough to handle an environment where things change regularly as it is a fast-paced, rapidly expanding scenario. You would need to take this in your stride and it would be ideal if you saw this as invigorating and exciting rather than a nuisance! The family have 18 quality jumping horses  (currently managed by 2 FT/ 1pt & the Yard manager/ trainer) and  on a second yard, an assortment of broodmares and young stock, (hopefully destined for a career in SJ/jumping.)  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 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. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com      
   * Salary starting at £30,000K negotiable upwards plus accommodation depending on experience *Own horse and pets welcomed *Partner welcomed No 1 Experienced Show Jumping Competition Groom required for a vacancy with a very ambitious & competitive family. Good references ESSENTIAL & confidentiality assured. You should be currently working as a Competition Groom on a Show Jumping yard or have done so within the last 2 years. You should be willing to travel home and abroad and experienced driving a 26t+ lorries transporting horses to training and shows. 18 quality jumping horses on the main yard and homebred/ other young stock destined for a career in SJ/jumping all kept in top accommodation to the highest standards. Start date negotiable.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email Caroline @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 *Pets welcome *Own horse welcome *Training on own horse/opportunities to go to shows on own horse *Relaxed but professional yard I’m looking for someone who is genuinely keen to learn how to look after horses in their  home Environment and how to prepare them for competition.  This person must be responsible enough to take sole charge on occasion whilst working closely with other staff members most of the time   We have a smallish yard of 17 stables. We offer full and part livery with or without exercise/schooling. Most of my customers are professional people with an interest in competing. My yard and services are based around helping them to achieve their goals. As well as the yard I also run a small B&B which means I need a person who is genuinely happy to work alone. I also compete with my home bred horses who are just coming on. Mostly in dressage at the moment and hopefully show jumping later on. I jump with an older horse that I have, at the moment. Alongside this I also do Retirement livery and youngsters in fields. This is normally small herds of horses living in fields 24/7 but obviously they still need caring for. They are checked twice a day all year round. They are fed in the winter and also sometimes have rug changes. The person that looks after them must be attentive to these needs and be capable of noticing and reporting back when one is injured, behaving oddly or appears unsettled.   So ideally I’m looking for someone who loves horses and is going to be happy to spend their time at home caring for them with their different needs, and supporting training liveries by giving their horses top level care in their absence. All my Liveries are lovely and enjoy their horses and the social yard environment. In my mind, I’m looking for someone who is cheerful, kind, hard-working, keen to learn about the care of the competition horse from foals through to their senior years. It would also help if candidates were confident, tidy, reliable and self-motivated. There are horses to have lessons on but own horse would probably be beneficial. Minimum Requirements This is a small yard so the person that takes this job must be happy to share holiday time yard cover. ie: Christmas, Easter, bank holidays. Live out Good clean mucking out abilities and tidy yard ethics.   Accommodation My full time groom lives in a small flat within the yard. The kitchen also has a small lounge area which is used as the coffee room by the liveries and other staff members. There is a separate laundry room with a designated washer dryer for staff use.   Benefits FOR THE RIGHT PERSON: Opportunity to bring their horse. Grass kept. Training available and opportunities to come competing with your own horse. Well behaved cat and hen friendly dog could be welcome. Preferably smaller size. Regular days/time off Paid on the books Regular
* Negotiable depending on experience but very competitive*Shared accommodation on site(would consider live-out) Experienced stud hand required to work with the rest of the team. This would be during yearling prep initially and then general stud duties after the sales season and is a year-round position, not seasonal. A team approach to typical stud work with associated stud hours ie: sometimes quiet and other times round the clock eg: foaling season. Tractor/lorry driving is welcomed but not essential Mares and foals/young stock/ racehorses all kept and some sales prep required etc. TB experience essential and ideally gained on a thoroughbred stud. Please call Caroline and the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com Please note call Caroline & the Team will be ‘screening’ suitable applicants between 9-2pm . Pls could call us during those times on 0203 006 573. Please make sure your job seeker profile is up to date and that you have a current CV attached. We look forward to speaking with you then about this super opportunity 🙂 C x
Job Description Jumping / Dealing stable We are looking for a jumping rider for our sales stable in the Lewitz. Your mainwork will be riding and a little stable work (feeding) together with your team. Showing young quality horses to our customers, under the saddle or in free jumping, is also one of your tasks.   If necessary you get help from our trainer and you gain a lot of experience in jumping. We offer regulated working hourses ( 8.00-17.00) and  the possibility to get breakfast and lunch at our farm. Our modern equipped accomodations we offer at a reduced rental price.   If you`re a cheerful and nice person, reliable and tidy, able to do a good flat work and you have experience in jumping, than we look forward to you! Minimum Requirements experience in  jumping young horses   Accommodation details You will be offered accommodation (single or double rooms) each equipped with a private shower, and in each house you find a washing machine and a dryer.There is free internet in the rooms. Rooms cost around 190 € per month, including electricity and water, breakfast and lunch around 156 € per month. Of cource, we will help you with all the administrative issues which come up at the beginning. Provide you with translating assistance during the doctor`s visits if necessary and help you with anything else that you need.   Benefits    
*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  
**14/7/20 Position under offer. Applications accepted for reserve list  CC *** *IRO £22,500K + accommodation *2 bed house with own garden *Dog, pets and horse welcomed *Partner welcomed     Senior position available at picturesque Hunt Kennels. Year-round position to manage the yard, Groom/Ride and to head a team of 2 other FT workers (in season). Previous Stud Groom did 4 seasons so this is a long term opportunity in a lovely environment with nice people to work with.   Opportunity for sole charge and to make the job what you want it to be (within certain parameters of course as the job is to manage a yard of hunt horses and all that goes with that but it doesn’t have to be a dull job 😉.)   Must have all usual skills, abilities and experience including good levels of turnout skills, ability to work well with others and a license to drive a 7.5t lorry.   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. 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.  
**23/6/20 Under offer subject to reference checks*** *Salaries negotiable depending on experience IRO £23-£29K pa per person + accommodation. * 1 or 2 bedroom cottage with parking available *Pets welcomed *Own horse considered (but difficult as all boxes currently occupied) *5 day week. This family require a flexible, country-loving, reliable, self-sufficient and proactive couple with good communication skills ready to welcome all guests in a polite and friendly manner. Previous estate management experience essential for a combination of duties. Experienced and knowledgeable horse care also required as a family are not very experienced. There are two children are 10 and 8 years old and they purely ride for leisure, no competition whatsoever at this point but would like some escorted/lead hacks & informal tuition. Odd weekend off by prior arrangement in advance but as family visit most weekends,  they will not be regular occurrences so need to be prepared for weekdays off (2 consecutive days possible) : Outline Job descriptions: Housekeeping/House duties include but are not limited to Cleaning, washing and ironing, food shopping, household provisioning, household maintenance, overseeing contractors. Whenever somebody is in the house; be it, family or guests, the housekeeper will prepare lunch and dinner, (fresh healthy home cooking, lots of fish, vegetables, a variety of salads mainly based on European style dishes). The housekeeper is not required to serve the family however they will be required to clear away after meals and weather permitting some outdoor dining will need to be facilitated. Although the family like to entertain family and friends, most entertaining is informal. For any formal entertaining outside caterers will be available so communication, liaising and management of this will be a feature of the role. Grooming/outdoor duties include but are not limited to: Day to day management and maintenance of the property, yard and grounds which will include the gardens, greenhouse, vegetable garden, lawns and flower beds, (alongside contracted gardeners). Looking after chickens and rabbits & possibly other small animals/pets. Other duties will include general property maintenance, hence good DIY skills would be helpful. Management and maintenance of the estate car to fuel, clean and driving to the local station and airport for family and guests. The highest level of care to be provided for the family’s 4 horses 19-year-old 16HH owners horse who has recently developed allergies 17-year old small horses who need careful footcare and 2 x 10-year-old horses just short of 16HH and one has just recently had a bout of laminitis. Confident management and lightweight rider needed. All normal grooming duties will be required to a good standard ie: Feeding and watering, all aspects of yard work duties including; hay, muck out, turn out, groom, clip and bandage, recognising and acting on all animal ailments, cleaning the chicken coops/rabbit hutches etc. Keeping the yard, tack room and equipment immaculate at all times. Exercising the horses daily in menage or beautiful woodland which surrounds the property. Experience of trailer towing ideal. Light gardening, (FT gardener contracted) grounds, yard and property
*Accommodation available   *Competitive salary depending on experience  *Dog welcome *Great opportunity to get a foot in the door of the TB Stud World! This is a fantastic opportunity for a Groom who wishes to gain experience and enter the professional world of the thoroughbred Stud as a Stud Hand on this busy, medium sized, family stud. This operation is ambitious with a close knit professional and friendly team who we know well and who would all recommend. The role includes all normal yard duties, handling of mares, foals, young stock and horses out of training. Previous thoroughbred stud and sales preparation experience a bonus but not essential. 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 on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@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

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