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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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Job Description Fantastic job Riding and Teaching in London. Exciting opportunity to join a highly respected, BHS Approved, Award Winning Riding Club. We offer a friendly and unique approach to horse riding in London, as well as having a huge community spirit amongst our staff, our horse owners and our Members. We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced instructor to join our team of professionals. Enjoy daily teaching and riding with our predominantly adult riders, over Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, some of the best riding country in England. We offer excellent working conditions, pension, paid holiday, further training, and staff uniform. If you are a confident horse rider, with high standards of stable management, have experience in teaching, and are a team player with excellent people skills – contact us!   Accommodation details Live-out   Benefits * Excellent working conditions. * Paid holiday * Staff uniform. * Fabulous riding country    
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Job Description Friendly enthusiastic reliable groom to work with a small number of competition horses on a private yard in the Scottish Borders. Opportunity to groom at competitions. Willing to take on a less experienced person with the right attitude as training will be given. Private Yard with 4-6 horses. Primary interest is Eventing. Horses have a varied routine with hacking, training, competing and daily turnout. American Barn style stabling, 10 acres of turnout, 30x60m outdoor arena.   Minimum Requirements Ability to handle, look after and turn out competition horses on a small private yard and work as part of a friendly team.  Must be capable of exercising horses with owners and taking sole charge.   Accommodation details Must live out.     Benefits Excellent salary depending on age and experience.
Family showjumping stud and producing yard is now looking for a key new member to add to their team where you will have an extremely varied role – no two days the same! We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year three of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.   Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales  in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing.   Overview We are looking for a new member of the team to share equal responsibility on a rota basis. Reporting to the Yard Manager. The position is a live in or out role. Operational Hours between Monday to Sunday on a rota shift bases. Normal shifts are 8-5pm  5 days per week alternate weekend work is inclusive [ however this can change due to foaling and various activities]   Yard duties including mucking out, feeding, watering and sweeping. Grooming and general daily health care of the horses Tack cleaning Schooling and hacking Lunging/double line lunging Liaising with yard manager on any issues routines and actions needed for horses care Maintaining a tidy feed room Preparing horses for competitions including plaiting Assisting with stud duties, foaling and care Clipping   Requirements High attention to detail Competent riding ability understanding of how a horse works and what could be done to improve its way of going Good horsemanship with kind nature Clipping/bandaging/plaiting to a high standard   Other Skills/Abilities Good communication skills Ability to think on feet and be flexible Team player to fit in and respect current working practices and other team members Confidence to handle youngsters and stallions Show Jumping experience   Wage Negotiable dependant on experience statutory holiday entitlement Pension Scheme in operation with an opt out period Extremely varied role – no two days the same! Full time contract with 28 days holiday, pension and statutory sick pay. 5 days per week which includes alternate weekends ie 40 hour week. Days are usually  8-5pm this can vary during foaling season or out to competitions etc Possible place  for own horse but no pets Driving Licence essential as rural location 
Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel that has been COVID 19  Looking forward now and  planning to our future we are now looking for an experienced competition rider to join our team. This Warmblood Stud is the home of Stallions and Broodmares. We have the pleasure of owning and producing beautiful and versatile Warmblood horses from our broodmares and offering this year four  of our gorgeous stallions to a select number of mares AI.  Our bloodlines include some of the top in the  Country ;- Concorde, Kannan, Voltaire, Zirocco Blue, Cardento, Kashmir V. We are based in West Wales near Tregaron in a stunning rural location with purpose built equine facilities, lakes and a private fishery spread over three closely located properties. Set in the midst of the idyllic Cambrian Mountains we are graced with beautiful outriding and our horses benefit with hacking out as part of their daily routines.  These quality Warmbloods are or have competed in show jumping competition in this country and abroad or are youngsters coming through Covid restrictions allowing. This full time, live in or out role will include riding at BSJA shows you must have a strong competition record ideally or the ability to compete to a high level . Our competition horses have all been out affiliated to varying levels.  We need a competent rider. We would require  you to gain good understanding of all the horses to maximise their potential and understand their individual personalities and abilities and be able to work with the team in tailoring their exercise and work plans moving forward. Most importantly to work with our team,  getting the best from our horses. This will include general yard duties as well as guiding and nurturing the team.   The role is 5 days per week and flexibility if we go out to shows at the week days and weekends. We are a mixed yard competition horses (stallions), youngstock, broodmares and general riding horses. We have some very well bred, exciting youngsters for the future.   We are a very busy yard this could be a hugely rewarding role for the right person. Accommodation details – Live in is available  own horse considered        
Job Description Full time experienced Hunt groom to take charge of 6 quality hunters Minimum Requirements A cheerful helpful person who loves the job & understands horses hunting and hunting people. 7.5t licence would be an advantage.   Accommodation details A nice converted barn with lounge dinner,  bedroom, shower fully fitted furniture with parking outside
Job Description Friday-Monday (4 days per week) + up to 30 additional flexible days covering other staff absences etc; based at private yard in Dunsfold; yard will typically have 5-6 competition ponies (showjumpers); standard yard duties + driving 18T horsebox and grooming at a mixture of local, stay-away and small number of international shows; working in conjunction with existing groom, who will continue working Tuesday to Friday.  Accommodation available if required in two bedroom cottage. Minimum Requirements Experienced groom; cat C HGV licence required (for 18T horsebox)   Accommodation details Two bedroom cottage     Benefits 20 days holiday; food allowance when staying away; overtime  
Job Description Surrey Livery Yard & Equestrian Centre near Guildford is looking for an experienced temporary Yard Manager (or 2 part-time managers) or very experienced Head Groom or Instructor/Coach whilst they look for a permanent Manager or 2 Part-Time Managers (applicants for this position may wish to apply for the permanent role/roles advertised separately) You will need to be a Manager or a Head Groom or a Riding Instructor. You will be professional,  organised, cheerful, firm but fair, and will be commercial while placing the teaching or training of staff and liveries and animal welfare at the heart of your role. In addition to being very accomplished at all things “stable management,” you will likely hold a teaching or coaching qualification (BHSAI, BHSII or experienced Level 3 or 4 or equivalent qualifications/experience). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested. Local applicants ideal but assistance to relocate for the right applicant. Immediate start for right applicant/s.    
*Own dog welcomed * Riding opportunities *Purpose-built facilities * Stunning location! *2/3 bedroomed cottage available *Families welcomed Salary VERY negotiable for the right level of person. A keen horseman and rider our client has a permit to train his own horses but also enjoys Intermediate Event riding/Hunting/P2P alongside running a highly successful and well-established non-horsey business. Having placed the outgoing Manager some years ago now, our client is looking for someone equally amiable and accomplished (in horse and stable management),  to manage both for home and when away With the help of assistants of course! In addition, you should be someone who can combine these skills with being a  very decent rider (flat/jumper) for 7/8 top-quality horses. This is a position that comes with a lot of responsibility as the employer is very busy with a very fluid itinerary, so someone flexible and adaptable is key to allow for this. The salary on offer will reflect this level of commitment and responsibility plus skills and expertise of course. 🙂 Top location and the best of facilities ie: gallops/x country course/SJ arena/great hacking   Do call Caroline & Team for more information on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*IRO £29k GBP +/- per month depending on experience *Cost of 1 or 2 flights (neg) covered per contract period * Accommodation, all bills paid, & allowance for transport and visa applications plus health insurance allowance. *Access to camp pools, gyms etc. A private stable, 15 mins from the coast and 15 mins to main shopping malls/city centre is looking to fill a vital Instructor’s role. The centre has a capacity for 60 horses is looking for a head Instructor on a 10 month, renewable contract. Due to extreme heat, the centre is closed in July/August although accommodation is still available as part of the package. The club is situated within a large ex-pat, International community and offers livery, lessons, pony club activities, and holiday courses to the community. Teaching private and Group lessons is also required – the clientele is beginners to intermediate level members of the public. The focus of the role is on the development of young Arabian horses and off-the-track thoroughbreds. Fabulous facilities and opportunities are available to develop the Club but all activities are within the confines of the club and general area. Required Key Skills • Riding • Driving license • First-Aid • Equine First-Aid • Schooling • Teaching • Exercising • Natural Horsemanship • People Skills Required Areas Of Expertise •  Working with children Applicants must be BHS 3 or international equivalent. English is the main spoken language You must be willing and able to work & adapt to living in an international & strong family community while respecting local culture. Package includes accommodation, all bills paid, allowance for transport and visa application, flight out and one return flight per year, health insurance. Year-round accommodation if renewing contract. Depending on candidate and qualification IRO .14000 SAR = £2783.3 GBP per month./allowance 4000 SAR which could cover 1 or 2 flights. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
*Social environment *1:4 staff to horses ratio *Dog welcomed Lovely international dressage yard with 12-13 top quality horses, ranging from just backed youngsters to international grand Prix horses is now looking to fill a long-term, permanent position for someone who would like to work in a fun, friendly Dressage environment with high-quality performance horses. Candidates need to be happy to work within a team of very experienced owners (& a Yard Manager/Rider). They have tried and trusted ways of working so this is a job for someone willing to learn these ways rather than to ‘reinvent the wheel’ 😉 Riders currently are international small tour and International Grand Prix and they compete home and abroad. Some outings to competitions will also be a feature of the role on occasions. Exercise riding is optional, but you would need to be a confident and balanced rider. They will receive hints and tips on their riding to be the best they can be but no competition riding or schooling is required. This would be a smaller part of the role, it is a keen and cheerful grounds person that they really need. Please contact Caroline & The Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
*Salary range £20-25K  * Live in or out -Accommodation options are available for single/couple.*Dog considered *Horse considered for exceptional candidates Family yard with 6 show jumping ponies (1x 1.38/1.48) from lowest levels to competing in Europe BSJA  are now looking for a child-friendly experienced  Groom t accompany them on their exciting journeys both at home and away at shows (Uk and abroad.) Riding is optional but you must be a lightweight jockey if you want to ride. The children are 2 daughters (ages 12 and 14 years old). They will be going onto horses in a year or so. For exceptional candidates, a horse is welcome if you have cover for it when the family travels away for show, so too would be a dog but the same would apply plus they have a terrier so you must have a non-combative dog or there could be fireworks! Sometimes the traveling will be 10-14 days away so ideally you would be used to that and embrace it happily when it occurs, you will know in good time to organise yourself. Indoor school in construction, outdoor school, 50 acres. Good facilities fit for purpose. Other staff are also employed to help/cover days off/away days.   Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
Job Description Stud Hand An opportunity has arisen to join the team at a successful, medium sized stud farm based near Banbury, Oxfordshire. This is varied position and would suit somebody who is keen to learn a variety of aspects of stud work. We are involved in all areas of the bloodstock industry from foaling, bloodstock sales and preparation, pre training and reschooling. It is a busy yard with lots of variety and a friendly team of people. Experience within the racing/bloodstock industry is not necessary. Accommodation is provided and salary depends on experience.
*Euros 22-25K neg + accommodation (Package is flexible depending on the experience)  *5 day week *Own horse welcomed Only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside is 1,000 acres of a spectacular, private estate Full-time Equestrian Centre needs more BHS qualified people to join their progressive and forward-thinking team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career in the Equine Industry  and who holds a BHS 3 or 2 and is willing to be supported through exams to stage 3. You will be capable of and willing to muck in and out and of course to teach and coach clients of all ages, from all walks of life. Smart, courteous people is a non-negotiable 😉 Duties include but are not limited to: Teaching and coaching -Maintain high standards of teaching in the yard (escort rides with support from relevant staff, in a safe and professional manner.) Take part in pony camps, private lessons, therapeutic riding and equine-assisted programmes. Assist the Yard Manager with livery needs and help ensure the smooth running of the livery yard. Maintaining high standards of turnout of all horses Ensuring that tack is clean and maintained fit for purpose. Ensure the animal welfare is never compromised. Facilities include:300 new cross-country jumps from knee-high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame* 21 miles of meandering bridleways * Mile-long all-weather gallop * 56 stables * Virtual horse for beginners * 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences * Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email info@carolinecarterrecruitment.com    
Job Description All yard duties looking after competition horses, liveries, stallions, youngstock, broodmares & foals as part of a great team of professionals who will guide and help you learn on the job.  We have been training students for the equine industry for over 60 years and try to pass on a broad wealth of knowledge to you all. Minimum Requirements Level 2 Apprentices looking to further their experience and knowledge or PC B Test level or BHS Stage 2/3, but you will be assessed at interview if you don’t have the above, but do have other experience and qualities. Accommodation details Single Accommodation in Shared 4 bedroom chalet with other apprentices / staff.  2 showers & loos, shared kitchen and living room.  Washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, heating, parking, deducted at the Offset Accommodation Allowance rate currently £8.70pd £60.90 per week Benefits Paid for working with quality competition horses, a wealth of knowledge and experience to be passed on to you from qualified staff in all aspects of horsemanship.  Friendly yard, clients and other staff.    
* 8 am – 4.30 pm daily  *5 days a week * Salary IRO £28-£32K neg according to experience and qualifications *Fabulous career opportunity Thriving UK charity promoting the aims of the Riding for the Disabled by providing people with the opportunity to ride and have equine interaction to benefit their health and well-being is now looking for a Centre Manager with a recognised teaching qualification and relevant practical experience, to take overall responsibility. The Centre has helped many disabled children and adults over the years and some have gone on to become National and Olympic Champions in the sport of Para-Dressage, (including Sophie Christensen, Natasha Baker, and Julie Payne). Their volunteers and instructors help children and adults with a range of disabilities get a sense of independence as well as exercise and rehabilitation. The yard has 11/12  staff and numerous keen volunteers. The coaches, in partnership with physiotherapists and volunteers, work with riders who have a variety of disabilities. These include learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, rheumatoid arthritis, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, deafness, visual impairment, and limb amputation. For some, who cannot ride just being around horses has a well-being benefit. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees you will have good interpersonal skills, previous management experience (people & yard including administrative abilities.)  You will be someone who leads by example whilst working harmoniously with and for others. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be able to demonstrate maturity and diplomacy as well as embrace full accountability for the day to day running of the center. Ideally you will be passionate about working in this type of environment and understand both the human and equine challenges faced as well as the fun on offer! This purpose-built centre means riding and horse-based activities can be offered throughout the year. Riders can join groups or have private tuition. Facilities include a 20 x 40 indoor arena and 20 x 60 outdoor arena.  Also a classroom for lessons on horse management. Your remit will include,  but is not limited to the following: General Responsibilities, Estate and horse management Responsibilities, Administrative Responsibilities: General Responsibilities: To carry out the duties of the position in accordance with the Group’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies, disciplinary legislation and statutory regulations To ensure compliance with all Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection standing orders, confidentiality agreements, financial regulations, management policies and procedures. To be an ambassador for the Group, and represent the interests of the Group, at external events. To represent the interests of the Group in all of its dealings with riders, potential riders, volunteers, Group supporters, Group visitors and suppliers. To actively support fundraising and revenue generation in collaboration with the Hon Treasurer or other Trustees To carry out any other duties within the level of responsibility as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees. To facilitate full and free communication at all levels and among all members of the centre. Safe, secure, effective and
*Amazing accommodation and facilities * Chance to enjoy top-end show jumping & work: life balance *Salary totally negotiable for suitable candidates (£20-£26Kpa neg plus accomm). A position is now available for an enthusiastic, competent, and reasonably experienced Team Groom (not apprentice/trainee position) to join a professional Show Jumping yard and to look after an amazing string of horses with a team of people many of whom we have placed and give us great feedback!  Attention to detail and high standards are important – You must be competent in all aspects of grooming and yard work. Usual duties include but are not limited to: preparing horses for exercise, keeping the horses to a high standard, cleaning tack, mucking out/skipping out, feeding, and turning horses out to the paddock, Some riding is available, (but not a massive amount) and only if you wish. Nonriding Grooms welcomed too . Lunging would be a part of your daily routine, etc. Outstanding facilities include the smartest, most luxurious accommodation (single or couples, luxury indoor stabling, a large indoor and outdoor school, indoor warm water wash-down areas, and solariums. 200 acres of land – much of which is available for hacking/exercising the horses. Pls call Caroline & The Grooms List team on 0203 006 5730 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Job Description To supervisor and monitor the Riding Academy Operations, Leading the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements A bachelors degree in equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. A miniumum of 5 years of experience as a head coach, or equivalent. Strong leadership skills, supervisory skills, and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop comprehensive reports.   Accommodation details No live in provided.   Benefits Transportation and housing allowance is provided in the package.  
Job Description To manage an Equestrian Riding school operations. Including development and implementation of the Riding School’s curriculum in line with the Equine Institution. To lead the development and training of junior instructors, horses, and students. Minimum Requirements Bachelor degree in Equine studies or equivalent equestrian qualifications. Must have comprehensive equine knowledge. Must hold an equivalent coaching qualification to the BHS Accredited Coach. A minimum of 6 years of experience in the required field. Strong leadership skills, team management, and interpersonal skills.     Accommodation details No living-in provided   Benefits Transport and accommodation allowance will be included in the overall package.    
Job Description To deliver stable management classes based on equine science knowledge to riders enrolled in the riding academy program. To support with the exercise program of horses. Minimum Requirements Bachelors degree in Equine Science or international equestrian certifications. A minimum of 3 years of full-time in an equestrian yard of relevant work experience. Broad knowledge and skills in equine science and management Ability to articulate information and deliver teaching effectively. Proficient in English speaking Ability to work and teach to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups.   Accommodation details Live out.   Benefits Transport, and accommodation allowance provided.  

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