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Several times, every day I am involved in discussions with Grooms and Employers about salaries. One of the most commonly asked question by Grooms in what is considered a poorly paid profession is, “what can I do to get the top end of the salary ranges advertised in your jobs?” Through a series of articles over the next few months, we will tell you how you could get some serious extra ££ in your pay packet each week/month. As the first in a series of articles about how grooms can increase their salary, let’s start with the simple, effective, inexpensive and possibly life-saving step – get a First Aid certificate and get a 10% discount on the cost of doing so via The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment. Find your discount code at the bottom of this article!

When working with horses, whether as a groom or an employer, we do need to acknowledge the physical risks we put ourselves and others in, often in remote locations. We have all seen the gory pictures, we don’t need reminding and most of us have at least one story to tell. Beyond financial considerations, let’s not forget that we need to look after ourselves and each other most of us do love horses, but we love life more!

One day you or someone you pass this on to will be really glad you read this…honestly! Resident blogger Kelly Wallace Horne takes a closer look. Over to you Kelly…

 


 

Which Groom at your yard is a First Aider?

We recently discussed first aid for horses at a competition, as the horses’ health and wellbeing is very much in the forefront of every good groom’s mind, but one of the most unfortunate and undeniable aspects of being around horses is the risk of injury to US when things don’t go according to plan. I think it’s fair to say this risk is increased considerably when you work with horses, simply due to the sheer volume of time you will spend around any number of horses compared to a “leisure owner” of one or two horses. No matter how experienced and competent you may be, being around horses will always expose you to increased risk of injury.

The Grooms List - Get A First Aid Certificate - Caroline Carter Recruitment.pngFrom a cut finger when slicing open a new haylage bale to a lost finger when trying to load an obstinate horse onto the lorry, most professional equestrians have some degree of experience when it comes to dealing with medical disasters although, if we are honest, our actions are probably based more on common sense and things we’ve read on the internet rather than genuine knowledge of the correct action to take. What difference could it make if we took the time to participate in a first aid course? Quite a lot, undoubtedly. With modern medical advancements the achievements medics are capable of are amazing but unfortunately they are rarely, if ever, the first on the scene of an accident – that will most likely be you! At the risk of sounding dramatic, the reality is that your decisions and actions in those initial moments could mean the difference between successful surgery or the victim losing those fingers, or the ability to walk normally again, if at all. Scary stuff! Despite the inevitable risk of injury in an equine environment, it isn’t commonplace for a groom to hold a first aid certificate, or for employers to require any staff members to hold one. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take the initiative to get yourself (or your grooms) trained up!

There are a number of agencies that provide first aid training, including St John Ambulance and The British Red Cross, but just how useful is it for horse riders and handlers to be trained by someone with no knowledge of their typical environment? This is where Medi- K Training come in…

 

Medi-K Training

Medi-K TrainingMedi-K Training is the leading provider of nationally recognised qualifications specifically for Groom and Rider first aid training and is a high quality, dynamic training organisation with an outstanding reputation throughout the equine industry. Any first aid training is invaluable, but Medi-K focus their training on potential scenarios equestrian people could find themselves in daily, for example:

  • A blow to the head from a fall
  • A kick from a horse
  • Dealing with a riding accident on the roads
  • A person who has become hypoglycemic (low blood sugar level) from going too long without food,
  • Crush injuries
  • Head and spinal injuries and much, much more.

Whilst it can be argued that first aid is the same regardless of how an accident has happened, Medi-K recognise that the process of training is not always easy for people working in the equine industry. Most first aid training programmes take place at local schools, colleges, sports centres, town halls, and British Red Cross centres, and can be anything up to 3 days in duration – it is rarely possible for any number of grooms to leave their daily duties to attend these courses. The beauty of a gaining first aid training through a company like Medi-K is that not only do they understand the daily risks equestrian people face, but they understand and work with you to fit training in around your horses and yard schedules – even scheduling breaks in training to allow you to skip out, bring horses in from the field or pop feeds round!

 

Medi-K, First Aid Training for Horse Riders, is not your average first aid company, founded by an experienced paramedic & horse rider Kay Patterson, all training offered is nationally recognised & certificated.

 

Medi-K First Aid Training for GroomsTaking a first-aid course will leave you with the confidence of knowing what to do should a situation arise – and it could lead to you saving someone’s life.

Founder Kay Patterson explains, “If someone is with a person that has an accident they tend to panic because they don’t know what to do. And often it’s what not to do that’s the most important thing to learn. Certain things that someone might instinctively do can cause more damage to the casualty. For example, pulling them to their feet and telling them to get back on the horse or taking off someone’s hat when they may have neck damage. You’ll find people take their friend off to the coffee shop for a drink because they’ve had a fall and are feeling drowsy, when in fact they’ve got concussion and need medical help. In most cases the best thing you can do is call for help, offer reassurance and encourage the injured person to stay still until medical assistance arrives.”

 

 

The cost of First Aid know-how

Grooms First Aid TrainingYou cannot put a price on health and safety, and certainly not on saving someone’s digits, legs or life! The cost of a first aid course is another matter, and it really doesn’t break the bank!

Most basic first aid courses are available at around £40-£50 and Medi- K Training is no different, with day courses starting at just £40 per person – ideal for a groom taking the initiative to get themselves first aid savvy. For individuals wishing to participate in a first aid course, Kay and her team will liaise with you to get you enrolled on an existing course held at another local venue. Medi-K Training also host periodical training days aimed purely at individuals wishing to attend.

For employers keen to get their staff first aid trained there are plenty of options for group bookings, either at an arranged venue or at your own establishment. If your industry sector requires staff members to hold certain first aid qualifications by law, Medi-K Training can provide that training. As an example, Medi- K Training take a First Aid at Work (High Risk Workplaces) course and focus the training on the equestrian environment, making that qualification more relevant and valuable to your equestrian workplace.

 

First Aid Certificates and Qualifications

On successful completion of any first aid course you will receive certification of your participation, which will remain valid for a set duration (usually 1-3 years, depending on the type of course you take). If you have taken a more comprehensive course you may now be a qualified First Aider! Do remember to check if your course includes an FREE annual refresher!

Medi-K Training qualifications are valid for a minimum of 3 years, with optional annual refresher courses available. Retraining will be required every 3 years to renew your qualification.

 

Benefits

The benefits of first aid training go without saying, but don’t be tempted to think that, because you haven’t needed it so far, it won’t be money well spent!

  • First aid training and qualifications are applicable and valid in every situation you walk into. Your new knowledge and skills can be applied anywhere from the cross-country course to a shopping centre.
  • Grooms: first aid certificates and training are not industry specific. You take any valid qualification with you into any job you apply for, even if your training and qualification has been provided by a former employer.
  • Grooms: no matter the job role, employees with certified first aid training are an asset and this, in turn, increases your employability. You do need to highlight this qualification in your Jobseekers Profile and CV.
  • Employers: working for an establishment that values its employees is reassuring, especially in such a high-risk industry, and your commitment to safety will be an attractive attribute.
  • Employers: providing first aid training to employees, especially that leaves the participants qualified first aiders, is a career-enhancing benefit and will be something any sensible candidate will appreciate when considering taking employment with you. You do need to highlight this as a benefit of your employment.

 

Not convinced? Save 10% on your training with The Grooms List!

Medi-K Training has partnered with The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment to give you 10% off ANY Medi-K Training course! Simply quote “TGL Medi-K 10” when booking your course to receive your discount!

Find out more, browse and select your first aid training course here.

If we are to continue to improve the equine industry as a whole we do need to acknowledge the physical risk we are putting ourselves at, beyond financial remuneration provided by insurance cover. Let’s look after one another too!

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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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