- Age 33 years
- Date of Birth 24th April 1987
- Preferred Countries United Kingdom
- County/State/Region Somerset, UK
- Job Category Flexible Hours, Freelance, Full Time, Part Time
- Earliest start date 30th June 2020
- Availability if Freelance/Short Term Any time
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- Expected Job Level Groom, Part of a Team, Sole Charge, Assistant Head Person, Head Person, Manager, Home Groom
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- Height 5’5” / 165cm
- Approximate weight 13st / 82.6kg / 182lb
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- Future disciplines Rehabilitation
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- Equine Skills Exercise/Hack Out, Long Rein, Lunging, Management Skills, Muck Out, Plait, Ride, Show Turnout, Sole charge, Stallion Handling, Supervisory Skills, Young Stock Handler
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Experience with Horses
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I am looking for a yard based role with Horses, and I have been a Groom for 2 years, however I would be happy to move into some management roles mixed in with still working with the Horses. I am fairly flexible and have managed teams of staff before but really do enjoy being with the Horses. I am willing to travel up to 30 minutes from my home for work or live in if that suits both parties.
I have been working on a private Dressage yard for 2 years. I have experience with Stallions, Colts and everything in between. The youngest Horse was 18 months and the eldest is 28 years old respectfully and range from 10hh up to 17.3 hh. For the last year I have been in charge of the main yard where the Horses in work are kept and also overseeing the remote yards that keep retired Horses or Horses having some time away at grass. I manage the 2 other grooms and keep in close communications with the owner. We have a strong working relationship and trust to ensure the Horses welfare and well being were always a priority. I am in charge of stock take and purchasing of any supplies such as feed and bedding and any other items that are needed. General yard duties such as mucking out, poo picking, field maintenance and bathing are always done to a very high standard.
Working with the Horses in their training program is important and a lot of the Horses have started out anxious, green or sometimes difficult to manage and so groundwork and confidence building was important for the Horses. Lunging, pole work, long reining and designing a program for each Horse is something that I do along with showing the very young Horses everyday things and experiences. Positive reinforcement plays a big part in the relationships made with the Horses. I can also do basic school work and am currently having lessons to become a better rider . I am training classically and biomechanically. I am also a confident hacker and will happily take Horses out to exercise as long as they are safe and sensible. A few little spooks are fine as long as we are both safe.
Rehab has become a key part in my work and a real passion of mine and so I have been working with some professionals and reading to gain more knowledge of this. Many of the Horses I have worked with at the yard ranged from PSD recovery to simple muscle tightness and lacking fundamental ridden foundations, so working with them all in different ways to help them has been a large part of my work and something that I hope to take further. I am looking into potentially doing a Level 5 Diploma in rehab and therepay.
Meeting with the professionals that come and treat the Horses is was also an important part of my job, and to assist them as best as I could so that there jobs ran smoothly and taking the information back to the owner to help with the Horses progress.
Reporting any changes to the owner in behaviour, movement etc was very important and I have a keen eye and instinct for any changes, which means that the Horses are well looked after and happy. I have done first aid and kept Horses comfortable should they have any injuries, so cold hosing, bandaging and poultices etc are something I do. I recently sat and monitored the elderly Pony while waiting for the Vet, and hand feeding her and keeping her cool in the heat.
Preparing for travel and shows is also important, bathing, plaiting and packing the Lorry ready for the trip so that the owner/ rider could concentrate on what they needed to do.
What are you particularly good at? For example: working alone, working with others, clipping, plaiting, turning out for shows, handling stallions, handling/riding young horses, non-equine skills etc
I am a very calm worker which is very useful around young, lively or scared Horses.
I work to a high level and am also a quick worker.
My communication skills and people skills are very good which means I am good at working as part of a team or leading a team. I enjoy supporting people and making sure they are happy and getting things done correctly so managing a yard is really where my next ambition is.
Handling stallions is part of everyday life on the yard and I am comfortable in handling them and know that they can be very lively when first moved and know the normal behaviours that can seem scary or extreme. I have walked new stallions out to turnout with them rearing and calling out at the end of the lead rope and I have remained calm and safe. I will always wear a hat and gloves in situations like this.
Managing my time and making sure all tasks are done for the day, and if for any reason that isn’t possible, I prioritise the jobs that cannot be left and report whats been done to the owner to make sure they are happy.
If I have to work beyond my hours to ensure that something is done, I will and have often stayed to make sure a Horse is ok or that they are sorted with any needs.
Strengths and Weaknesses
• What do you most enjoy about working with horses?
I really enjoy the relationship I get with each Horse and helping them achieve whatever it is they are doing, whether that be learning to have a head collar on, their feet picked up or competing at a Dressage show for the first time. The Horse’s well being is always the best thing about the work I do and them enjoying their work and environment.
• Is there anything you’d like to improve?
I would like to do some training in certain areas. I am working on my own riding skills and ability but also I would like to pursue the rehabilitation and nutrition of Horses which I can hopefully continue to learn about Horses in a holistic way.
• Why should employers consider you above any other job seeker?
It has been said I understand Horses very well and have a calm and quiet way, which I hope brings out the best in them. I really do love working with them and think they are truly wonderful creatures. I am also very loyal to anyone I work for and want to make sure they are happy with the work I do and that I do the job to the best of my ability. I have a wealth of experience, not just in the equine world but from other roles. I am a very quick learner, adapt really well to change, work to a high standard, will make sure the Horses are safe and happy and will go above and beyond my given role because Horses are my passion.
• What would you like to do or gain in your next job?
More experience working a range of Horses and possibly different disciplines. I am hoping to be able to manage or lead a team and manage a yard as I know I would do this well.
• Do you need accommodation?
No, but if required for the job I would move.
• Do you have any special requirements for any animals you wish to bring with you?
Possibly my Dog if that is suitable. Well behaved around Horses but this is not essential to my job and just a bonus.
• Do you have any ongoing commitments?
My own Horse
• Do you have any holidays booked that an employer needs to know of?