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Spring Forward in the Equine Industry

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry

I appreciate this is a difficult time for the whole population and that right now, there are many worried equestrian and non-equestrians struggling and worried, but let’s take a moment out of all this Covid-19 madness to rejoice as nature marches on uninterrupted.

Spring is about to be sprung and we couldn’t be happier at the prospect of tiptoeing through the tulips – in 2020 the clocks go forward at 1.00am on Sunday 29 March – it always happens on the last Sunday of the month.

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Swallows Arrive

In amongst all the horsey loveliness of Spring, a real highlight for me is the arrival of our beloved Swallows with their “let’s get the party started” vibe. The uplift they provide as they arrive tired but jubilant never fails to lift my spirits.

Guest Blogger Kelly Wallace Horne has seen many a horse through many a Winter: Spring season transition both as a horse owner and professional Show Jumping groom. Following are just some of the seasonal considerations those of us who are still working with horses should make.

Caroline

 


Spring is in the air!

by Kelly Wallace Horne

Spring is upon us and, as we alter the clocks at the end of March and gain an hour’s daylight in the evening, we turn our attention towards the forthcoming summer season, alas which will not be a competition season for any of us this year, for at least a good few months at least, maybe longer. 🙁  However, let’s appreciate the everyday ups and downs of the spring season and have a giggle at the adversities the spring season brings with it for hard-working professional equestrians and our fellow horse lovers.

 

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Time to change the clocks.

 

 

 

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Riding in the EveningsRiding in the evening after work – but do consider the NHS and its ability to deal with emergencies right now; so stay safe!

One of the first things we notice and enjoy in the Spring is the longer daylight hours. Whether you work with horses and your evenings are a time for doing non-horsey things, or you do your own horses after work, most evenings at this time of year you hear exclamations of “have you seen the time? It’s still light!”

 

 

 

Beware of the fluctuating temperatures

Certain times of the year are a nightmare for knowing how to dress yourself, let alone your horse. It’s easy (if annoying) for us to be slipping jackets and jumpers on, off, on, off… but worrying about whether the horses are chilly or overheating is something else altogether, especially when we’ve rugged them up and left them in the field for the day. A groom staggering back across the fields under the weight of 2-3 or more 6’6″+ winter turnout rugs is not an uncommon sight at this time of year!

Where things can go awry is when grooms rug according to the season and not by the current temperature and weather conditions. For example, -3C is just as cold in any month of the year, so if you rug your horse in a duvet at -3C in December, rug your horse in a duvet at -3C in April!

Don’t be fooled by the shining sun – the wind chill factor can make standing in a field all day very unpleasant! It can, however, raise the heat within stables and barns quite quickly, despite the outside windchill. In our Basic Guide to Rugging Horses, fellow blogger Emily Taylor describes her pet-hate of grooms who would turn up on the yard wrapped up with just their eyes showing, start mucking out, get hot, then go round stripping rugs off all the horses as though the horses had been mucking out and got hot too! It’s complicated and hard work but it’s a means to an end – summer is on its way!

 

 

 

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - April ShowersApril Showers

Oh, such happy memories of riding the event horses out on a 1.5 hour ride in the rolling hills, setting off in gorgeous, warm spring sun in our t-shirts and strappy vest tops – only to be caught in a ferocious thunderstorm, complete with hailstones 30 minutes in! After much excitement playing buckeroo on the spirited youngsters, or on older horses, balancing on the edge of a precipice atop a headless, neckless sideways moving beast shielding its eyes and ears between its front legs, we’d all ride the next hour looking like participants in a wet t-shirt competition. Much like the temperature at this time of year, quick-change routines are a required skill in order to stay dry throughout the day.

 

 

 

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Funny Tan Lines

An early taste of summer

After the long winter season, the warmth of the spring sun can feel rejuvenating and it’s tempting to soak up the rays believing we a topping up our Vitamin D. However, this early in the year the sun’s rays are quite capable of burning our skin, so it’s strongly advisable to use a factor 30 or factor 50 sunscreen, even if the sun isn’t that hot. Whilst we associate the sun’s UV rays with hot summer days, we are actually absorbing UV rays even on milder, partly cloudy days. Working as a groom means long hours outside in the sun so it’s important for grooms to be mindful of this, especially come the spring. You really don’t want to end up with skin cancer later in life, and at the very least you don’t want to end up with bizarre tan lines later in the summer.

 

 

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Moulting HorsesThe Spring Moult!

It’s always a relief to exchange a woolly mammoth for a sleek pony, but getting from one to the other isn’t always great. We seem to do it via a process of transferring the horse’s winter coat onto ourselves before casting it off for the birds to make nests with. Walking about looking like a yeti seems to be a compulsory initiation ceremony for gaining entry to summer.

 

 

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Swallows in the raftersSwallows!

There can’t be many yards in the UK that don’t have this charming summer lodger in the beams and rafters of their barns and stables. OK, they tend to bomb the place with droppings (and NOTHING is sacred), but we can forgive them that when we hear their cheery twittering as they swoop across the skies above us. They certainly are a welcome sight and sound of the summer.

 

 

 Laminitis

The April Showers and warmer temperatures bring with them the risk of laminitis, especially in ponies. The early flush of spring grass is very sweet and tasty to horses and is packed full of sugars. This means that even though the paddocks may look sparse of grass, what little growth there is can pose a high risk to horses and ponies prone to laminitis.

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Laminitis

The sugar content in this very early growth is so high that it can trigger a bout of mild to moderate laminitis in horses who have never suffered before, and some owners/grooms may not even realise this is the cause of a mild unsoundness at this time of year.

Having a record of each horse’s vital signs is invaluable at times like this, as you will detect changes in a horse’s body very early on, possibly before a health issue shows visible symptoms, and you can take appropriate action soonest. Keep a close eye on the horses and be mindful that this seemingly harmless first flush of grass is actually quite potent.

 

Flies

Unfortunately, with the warmth and the sun come the flies! It’s a good idea to get into the habit of applying fly repellent as soon as you spot the blighters out and about.

 

 

Ragwort

One of the downsides of the summer is the persistent growth of ragwort in the paddocks. Traipsing around the paddocks armed with a Ragfork and poo bucket, envisaging ragwort rosettes as chocolate bars you can eat later, soon gets old so hitting the scene early can make a real difference later on. When you’re poo-picking the paddocks start keeping your eyes peeled for early sprouts of ragwort now and get rid of them as you go (but not onto the muckheap, into the incinerator), so you should find you don’t have tons of it to clear later in the year.

 

 

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Spring FeverSpring Fever

Anyone who has worked with animals knows that “spring fever” really is a thing. Suddenly, the four-footers around us develop a spring in their step (pun intended), which often escalates to a full-blown bolt around the grounds that would do the Grand National proud. The mischievous horses that are turned out together start sparring and shadowboxing, and those that aren’t doing exactly the same, just over the fence. Lunging is frequently an accurate imitation of the wall of death, and even the sluggish of horses will demonstrate their best gazelle impression in the school or on a hack. Again, do consider the NHS and its ability to deal with emergencies right now; so stay safe!

 

 

Competitions

Whilst many disciplines normally compete all year through, it is undoubtedly much nicer going off to shows in the summer (when it isn’t hammering with rain). This year, of course, is very different and the Covid-19 restrictions have certainly ‘stopped play’  as far as competitions are concerned for the foreseeable 🙁

Competition Grooms would usually be at their busiest but this time will end when it does we can dream of long, balmy days again (don’t forget your sunscreen), as well as lots of yummy junk food. Now you could get still get ahead, stock-checking the washroom and plaiting kits, getting the lorry ready and topping up the lorry’s first aid kit etc.

Meantime, even though it might be tough to do right now, don’t forget to book ahead &Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - Service your Horsebox or Trailer

Spring Forward in the Equine Industry - get your clippers servicedGet your clippers serviced

Autumn and winter clipping might be a task you’re keen to forget for a few months but, believe me, it will be upon us again before we know it! It’s a good idea to get organised and get blades sharpened and clippers serviced early on in the year, THEN you can forget about it for a few months and pick up your ship-shaped set of clippers come the autumn.

 

 

Foals! Foals! Foals!

For those of us working in the stud industry, or simply expecting the arrival of a four-legged bundle of fun at our home or livery yard, the wait is over as we head into the foaling season Covid -19 or not!

Across the country, there will still be lots of anxious waiting, long nights on foal watch and unexpected surprises as mares conveniently foal the moment you turn your back on them.

 

Spring is undoubtedly a wonderful time of year and always seems to be with us for such a short while. We really must take the time to appreciate the vibrancy of the blooming colours and the increasing vitality of the animals around us (without falling off them) and make the most of spring whilst it lasts. Why not take this time to sit in the spring sun with your boss or colleagues and look at what was difficult on the yard (in practical terms) that could be addressed long before the next winter kicks in? There are many useful ideas to draw on from all sorts of sources. Here a couple to get you started:

Top Tips for Winter Proofing Your Yard

9 Ways to Get Your Yard Winter Ready

 

 

 

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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
Job Description Require experienced groom to tack, bandage, wash down six polo horses on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Groom can meet at my yard in Henley. Warm-up of horses at polo fields depending on experience. Job can evolve to full-time for good riders. Opportunity to learn polo, travel, receive HGV training and take on more responsibility. Minimum Requirements Experience handling young horses.   Accommodation details None   Benefits Good hourly wage for experience.  
*First class, private accommodation available *Partner welcomed *5 day week Situated in a county which is central in the UK we have a position which would suit an experienced Equestrian person who is mature and secure enough in their own skills to be able to step up when required. You must be equally relaxed about working alongside a handson, knowledgeable owner, so you also need to know when to step up and step back! This is a fabulous opportunity for a long term role combining some traditional yard management /Grooming/Riding duties with some optional ‘country living’ job responsibilities. Ideally, you will have had at least a couple of horse jobs at least for a reasonable period of time and enjoy grooming, a little hacking when required, dog and house sitting, some light gardening duties when time allows etc. Equine first aid skills also essential. This is a fabulous opportunity to live in first-class private accommodation either on your own or with a partner. Trailer license & 7.5 Tonne a real bonus Owners have a very well trained young German Shepherd who will need some care when owners are away so you need to be comfortable with the breed, but she is very people friendly and this aspect is secondary and optional. 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 This is a wonderful long term role for the right person. Owners want to spend more time away from their home and are really looking for someone who can seamlessly keep an eye on things and manage their home, yard  and beloved animals until their return but be mature enough to take a step back when the owner is around.  Please contact Caroline & Team on 0203 006 5630 or email caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com
* 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

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