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Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses

by Becky Parker

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - arthritis

It’s an occupational hazzard that when you work with horses, sooner or later you will succumb to ailments and injuries of some sort which may have short, medium or even long term consequences and are specific to our industry.

Working with horses + age = creaking gate syndrome, hard to avoid…or is it?

 

A healthy groom is a happy groom!

In a profession that demands so much physically, it is often heard by even those working with horses “the life of a groom is a young person’s game’. Undoubtedly a higher proportion of the grooms on our books are under 35. The older, more experienced grooms are few and far between but it has to be said they are usually snapped up in no time. As a recruiter, I find it frustrating that we, as an industry, don’t have more of these fabulously knowledgeable older grooms with their frank, honest talking and no-nonsense approach to getting the job done.  They represent how reliable, trustworthy and valuable a good groom can be and show to employers why it is worth investing in looking after your staff so they stay for the long term. Yet as an ex-groom myself I also understand why we don’t always take good care of ourselves.

Being a groom is darn hard work and the hours, exposure to the elements and occasionally, the injuries can really take a toll on the body. In the list of priorities for the day, taking care of yourself appears so far down the priority list it’s somewhere near the earths centre!

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - wear and tear on the bodyI wonder if we applied just a fraction of the endless TLC we provide for the equines in our care to ourselves it wouldn’t make a significant difference to the longevity of our equine careers. In this article, we take a poignant look at the common ailments of the battle-hardened grooms trying our best, where possible, to add some humour and offer suggestions on how to dodge the bullets of gradual deterioration specific to us and which accompany the normal life processes as we grow older and wiser.

 

 

 

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - fitness vs strength1. Fitness for the job

Equine jobs have the reputation of always being flat-out fast-paced and while this is true for some it is not, in fact, true for ALL horse jobs. For those with a less mucking out and little to no riding while you may be on your feet a lot of the day this is not the same as getting a true workout. Few jobs will involve any cardio workout and I guarantee none will include any stretching at all. Fitness is sadly not made up of strength alone, the one thing grooms can boast an impressive amount of compared to the average office worker! The alarm bells should ring at the point you find yourself gasping for breath after a 200 metre jog back to the lorry park for a forgotten whip, the arm strength failing after one run up the gallops on a keen one, burning legs just walking up the field after checking the youngsters, aching in one area/side of the body more than the other. Sound familiar?

 

Solution

Regularly taking part in a different form of exercise outside of working with horses.

  • Cross training will have immense benefits on your all-round health.
  • For those ambitious riders out there working on your flexibility and core strength is proven to provide significant improvements to the depth of your seat, straightness, posture and ability to keep the heels down. For everyone else it can work wonders to relieve back pain, decrease the chances of muscle strain and lessen overall aches and pains at the end of the day. Popular options are running, swimming, cycling, yoga, pilates, cross fit, kickboxing and kettlebells.
  • Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - what or the benefits of counting stepsWearing a pedometer and counting steps is very much a ‘thing’ these days. However, whilst the volume of steps we take a day has its health benefits, it is no indicator of or contributor to fitness. Short bursts of fast walking (even as little as 10 minutes a day) will help stamina and fitness far more than 10,000 ambling steps. You can easily get your daily fast-paced activity by striding out to bring horses in from the field, or when heading to the feed store.

 

2. Stress

The BGA (British Grooms Association) recently discovered through their Grooms Minds survey that 83% of the grooms who took part had suffered from stress-related mental health problems. A groom’s role can often be high pressured and the responsibility of caring for these beloved and frequently valuable creatures can take its toll. As the survey showed, the very qualities that make a groom good at their job – the OCD tidiness tendencies, the high standards of work, the emotional involvement with the horses – can be just the traits that work against them. Bullying is sadly a problem in all workplaces, not just equine ones and despite what many a forum may have us believe it is not just from employers, fellow grooms are just as guilty of bullying each-other!

Solution

Talk to somebody! Anybody is better than nobody! Preferably a human though, great listeners as our equine and canine partners can be, they are not known for their pearls of wisdom advice.

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - stress

  • Always talk to your employer about any issues you are having at work. Whether you feel over-burdened with your work-load or another member of staff is not “pulling their weight” and you are picking up their shortfall, or if you are having personality clashes with another team member, the best advice is to discuss it with your employer soonest.
  • Here at Caroline Carter Recruitment we are all for job longevity but not at the expense of your mental wellbeing. We take too many calls to count from those wishing to share and receive advice in these areas amongst others. We are happy to assist and try to do so in a sensible and balanced manner whenever called on to do so. Do contact us to discuss your current situation and any potential career move. We are always happy to give impartial, no obligation advice to you.

 

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - balancing the important things in life3. Maintaining a healthy work/life

The horse world can very easily become all consuming. When you live in the middle of nowhere, quite possibly all on your own, or with a bunch of equally obsessed horse lovers you run the risk of becoming a crazy recluse. You smell like a horse, eat like a horse, brush the horse’s hair more often than your own, the yard is tidier than your house and you only ever talk about horses. It’s safe to say at this point you are pretty much married to the job. If you have somehow had time to locate and marry someone, I feel sorry for your spouse.

Solution

  • Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - Married LifeBe sensible and be responsible in your decision making. If your income and the roof over your head depends on you getting a job as a groom, don’t assume that it’s fine to get yourself a couple of horses (or more!) and take them with you or livery them locally. Be realistic about what you can manage in a day. Could you really muck out, care for and ride a horse, let alone multiple horses, at the end of a long day on the yard mucking out and looking after multiple horses at work, 5 or 6 days every week?! You can read more about taking horses and pets to a new job here.
  • Make the most of your downtime. Plan ahead and ensure you get regular time away from the yard you work and live at, especially if you have your own horse stabled there and therefore spend pretty much 24/7 there. A change of scenery and time spent with family and friends can be a real sanity-saver when you’re full-on at your place of work.

 

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - feeling exhausted4. Feeling Exhausted

This can be closely linked to point 2 in many instances. Be it hunting/competition yards/polo/foaling when your mid-season or short staffed there is no denying your working hours can get stretched and the workload a touch excessive at times. However, there is also no denying that the social scene in many disciplines, particularly on the show circuit, can also be a touch raucous. Many of our younger grooms are also at that ‘living life to the fullest’ stage where a night out on the town holds considerably stronger weight than an early night with a cup of tea and an episode of Game of Thrones (more fool them!) In a demanding job such as this, where quick reactions and full strength can be the difference between narrowly avoiding disaster and a trip to A&E, a good night’s sleep is vital. There is also no underestimating the effect lack of sleep can have on your ability to shrug off or address stresses before they escalate into a full-blown issue.

Solution

  • If it is your working hours that are causing the issue then organise a mutually convenient time to sit down somewhere neutral to calmly and rationally discuss the matter with your employer or manager. Rather than making your arguments in an accusatory way try to show how extra staff would benefit them/their horses’ welfare…then point them our way. 😉
  • OK, I know it’s boring but be responsible. If you know that you have to be up at stupid o’clock and suchandsuch day for a heavy day at a show, or taking sole charge whilst the team are off elsewhere, don’t go out on the razzle the night, or even 2 nights before. Your job is important, and there will be plenty of other nights for tom-foolery that won’t jeopardise your health, safety and career!
  • For the occasions when a clash between work and a night out is entirely unavoidable there are some great remedies out there for helping you cope the next day. For example, drinking plenty of water before, during and after your night out will help your body cope with everything better, and you can talk to the Pharmacist at the local chemist about suitable off the shelf and over the counter remedies you can buy.

 

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - staying out of A and E5. A&E Trips

If you have somehow made it past your 18th birthday growing up around horses and are yet to make a trip to A&E I demand to know your secret! When it comes to spending all day every day dealing with 3/4 ton animals with a mind of their own, no matter how careful we are accidents are bound to happen. More often than not we will shake it off, chalk it down to bad luck/lesson learnt and carry right on. Other times it doesn’t end so well. When this happens remind yourself,  it is there opinionated, quirky ways that make us love them right?! Speak to the British Grooms Association about insurance whilst working as a groom.

Solution

Minimizing your trips to the local black hole of time consumption can be effectively brought about through a few easy safety precautions and a big dollop of common sense.

  • Gloves are a great skin saver and save many a loose horse from injury.
  • Wear a hat when dealing with tricky horses or tricky situations from the ground as well as on board. You’ve no doubt heard the saying that hat hair is preferable to a shaved and bandaged head sporting umpteen staples. It does happen, and all too often.
  • By putting your safety and those around you above your pride and not getting on any crazies just to save losing face is another top tip.
  • Never being too proud to ask for help with a tricky horse on the ground, be it turning out/lunging a slightly off its head fresh one or bathing/clipping/tidying a baby. What would be a big fight and palaver possibly resulting in a bad experience for the horse and injury for you won’t be time-saving in the end so don’t battle on through fear of piping up and asking for a 2nd pair of hands.

 

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - muscle strain

6. Muscle Strain

On a similar note and before you think I’m preaching in an overly critical manner, believe me I was always the worst for this hence why I know it’s an issue, poor technique when lifting is THE fastest way to end up broken. Lifting with your legs not your back is plastered all over Health and Safety stickers for a reason, strangely enough. Hauling that hay bale across the yard by yourself because you are stubborn – not wise. Overloading the wheelbarrow then falling on your butt trying to get it up onto the trailer – comical but painful. Impatiently wrestling the soaked haynet you couldn’t be bothered to wait to drain – frustrating and annoyingly damp… my list of examples could go on and on. We are always in such a rush to go faster we constantly shoot ourselves in the foot. When you are injured and crippled you won’t be going anywhere fast and we all know us horsey lot are THE WORST patients.

Solutions

  • Wherever possible, take 2 minutes longer and go fetch the correct tool or extra pair of hands for the job.
  • Be conscious of lifting things and riding with a better posture engaging the core and legs, not just the arms and back.
  • When injuries do occur, get them checked by a doctor/x-rayed and then actually pay heed to their advice to rest.
  • Use physio exercises to slowly build the strength back up.

 

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - joint problems7. Arthritis

The black dog of the outdoorsy type, an all too common demon we see plaguing the older generation of our world. An almost inevitable side effect of the toll living an active will take on our bodies yet something we can hope to keep at bay for considerably longer by taking a little care to look after ourselves. Gnarled hands and calcification around old injuries and worn joints are the most common form.

Solution

Health experts advise 3 things:

  • Eat Fish or if this is not to your liking take Cod liver oil tablets. For Vegetarians, Flaxseed oil or Vegan Omega 3 supplements made from algae do the same job.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke – this is proven to increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. You can read more on healthy eating for Equine grooms here.
  • Allow injuries time to heal properly.

 

8. Weather Related Issues

As a groom, particularly one based in the UK, we really just can’t win when it comes to the weather. We spend the whole winter (and much of the summer it often feels like) battling soggy feet, colds that lead to chest infections, chilblains, frostbite (or again it feels like it at least!) Then the summer comes and instead we complain about sunburn, sunstroke, dehydration, insect bites, allergies and ridiculously dodgy tan lines!

Solution

Keep an eye on the forecasts and dress appropriately for the weather. There is a famous Nordic saying, “there is no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes”. Be prepared for all weather conditions, particularly if you are heading off to a show.

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - summer sunSpring and Summer: Keep a bottle of sunscreen on the yard and in the lorry just in case it does make a miraculous appearance.

  • Did you know that the higher the SPF (sun protection factor) does NOT necessarily mean the greater protection you get from harmful UVA rays? Check out the back of sunscreen for the UVA icon – how many stars are shown indicates how effective the sunscreen is against harmful UVA rays. You will find that some SPF30 sunscreens actually provide more protection than a lot of SPF50 sunscreens do!
  • The dry oil spray sunscreens are particularly useful when working with horses – a quick spritz over your exposed bits and you’re good to go, with no need to rub it, along with all manner of dust and grime, into your skin.
  • Supermarkets and chemists are now regularly stocking pocket-sized sunscreen creams, lotions and sprays, from as little as £2! Ideal for travelling light on days out at shows.
  • Top Tip! Save a few £££ on your sunscreen – childrens’ sunscreen is cheaper than adults’ as there is no VAT to pay on it! And it’s equally as effective!

 

Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - UVA star rating

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Autumn and Winter (and Spring and Summer in the UK!): Most grooms can offer super tips for keeping warm and dry in bad weather, and it would be great to hear them all! In the meantime, here are some basics…Maintaining health and fitness when working with horses - keep warm in winter

  • Scientists say that the human body loses most of its heat through the top of the head, so whilst a furry/woolly headband might accommodate your ponytail and current fashion trends, it isn’t going to keep you as warm as a proper hat.
  • Body warmth is more likely to help keep your hands warm than gloves alone. Layering up helps trap warmth against the body and a waistcoat/bodywarmer/gillet can go a long way to maintaining warmth in your arms and hands.
  • Wet clothes can contribute to joint damage over long periods of time. When the forecast is for hours of rain consider taking some dry clothes to change into halfway through the day.

Have a read of my article Keep warm working with horses in winter where I share all my tips and advice on what to buy, what to wear and what to do to help keep toasty in the harsh weather.

 

Contrary as it may seem at times, working with horses is actually a good and healthy lifestyle! I have always pitied the office and shop workers as I trot down the road on a gorgeous summers day laughing with a fellow groom and friend. Sun shining on my t-shirt clad tanned arms admiring the view as I hike back up the field from turning a horse out, walking further in that brief 15-minute diversion than they will all day. This lifestyle leaves us far fitter, stronger, less prone to illness and better able to bounce back from injury than a great proportion of the population. Few jobs give you the added bonus of keeping such fitness as part of your daily chores. Once experienced it truly is a lifestyle that is very hard to walk away (read escape) from so it is incredibly important to look after the body and mind that allow you to sustain it. I think asking a dedicated groom to put themselves first is wasted breath but at least try to ensure you feature somewhere on the visible horizon of that to-do list.

 

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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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