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15 Christmas Gift Ideas for Horse Lovers

The run-up to Christmas should be a time of excitement and anticipation.  Bonus boxes of chocolates in the tack room and singing along to cheesy Christmas carols on the yard. The problems arise when you find yourself stuck for Christmas gift ideas. How to find something that is the right mix of thoughtful, useful, appealing to that person and within budget. Well never fear, we are here to help. We have pulled together a list of our 15 favourite gift ideas specifically for people working in the equine industry, suitable for your employer, employee or college (or even yourself!).

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Maintaining Yard Boots – How To Ensure Your Boots Last Longer!

One of the most disheartening things is to spend your hard earned money on gorgeous new pair of yard boots for work and riding, only to find that your full-on work schedule has all but annihilated them a few weeks later! This week we are delighted to introduce guest blogger Eada Hudes, to give some invaluable tips on getting the absolute best out of what is arguably one of the most valuable work tools an equestrian person owns – as the song goes “These boots were made for walking” (and riding, and wading through mud, and walking the course…)

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Keep Warm Working with Horses in Winter

There is definitely an art to not getting frozen toes, chilblains and a weather-beaten face by age 30 when you work in the equine industry. Wrapping up properly and staying dry (ish) can make the difference between a truly miserable winter and a busy one enjoying crisp winter mornings and long days out galloping around the countryside following the hunt. The trick lies in not just one method but successfully taking care of all the details. Let’s apply the same level of thorough, exemplary care we give to the horses, to ourselves… 

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A Grooms Guide to First Aid at Competitions

One of the most exciting things you can do as a groom is to take a horse you have been looking after and see it perform to its best at a competition. It’s a buzz and it’s a big responsibility. There is such a lot to of preparation required, so many things to remember to do and to bring, and so many places to be at certain times. Time to really showcase your skills and experience; oh and the chance for some cracking junk food at the show venue! All that being said, how would you cope if something went wrong with one of the horses in your care at a show? How prepared are you for a sick or injured horse?

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A Basic Guide to Rugging Horses

Rugging is both an art and a science. Sole charge groom positions are very popular these days and the owners and horses are reliant on you knowing your stuff and staying informed on the facts and latest thinking. Knowing where to start each Autumn is an annual dilemma for every groom, but this weeks guest blogger, Kelly Wallace Horne, gives us some useful reference points to help us take that first step into the winter season.

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Understanding a Horse’s Vital Signs

Our first guest blogger reminds us of the importance of understanding the vital signs of the horses in your care. Would you know if your horse’s heart rate, pulse rate and/or respiratory rate is unusually high? Would you know if it is normal for him or her? Our guest blogger, who wishes to remain anonymous, talks us through the basic checks you can make to have a deeper understanding of how your horses may be feeling on any given day…

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*5 day week *Salary up to £22,500 depending on experience *Own horse welcomed Private family yard with 6 horses who compete at Dressage currently to Elementary level and hunt in season. We also have 2 Poitou Donkeys, 2 yard cats and 4 Jersey cows! Lovely facilities and a friendly, sociable family. The flat is a beautiful one bedroom bungalow, with a spacious kitchen, bathroom and living area. It comes fully furnished and equipped, bills included. We are looking for a confident rider (in the arena and on the road) who is adaptable and can follow instruction.
*5 Day week *Own horse welcomed & dog considered* Training facilities on-site including xc course, derby arena, 3 outdoor schools and indoor arena. *Top class facilities which are hired or used to run competitions. (BSJA and ODEs).*Accommodation available Job Description Looking for a top-level experienced groom who can help manage a small but competitive yard. We are a family-run setup, breeding and producing competition horses.  Usual yard duties with plenty of opportunities to groom at international shows. We are mainly an eventing/dressage yard but also compete in show jumping regularly. We are looking for a groom with experience in top-level eventing/dressage yards who can help manage the day-to-day care of our horses.  We believe our horses’ care has a massive impact on their performance, which largely rests with our grooms. 5 day week. Opportunity to bring own horse with fantastic training facilities on site including xc course, derby arena, 3 outdoor schools and indoor arena. We regularly run events on-site including BSJA and ODEs so applicants may sometimes to be required to help with these. Minimum Requirements Must have previous experience at a top-level eventing/dressage yard. Must have a good work ethic and a solid base of knowledge. Accommodation details Soon to have new accommodation on site available, for now nearby accommodation available. Benefits Fantastic team that works together and is keen to learn Opportunity for own horse and use of facilities Opportunity to play massive role in producing top level competition horses
Position available to assist with the running of a medium size stud farm-we have approx 15+ tb mares and foals.we also prepare foals and yearlings for the sales in Ireland the UK. We also have a few show jumpers which we break in and get ready for sales or outside riders.you must be able to ride well as well. Minimum Requirements knowledge of breeding mares also knowledge of getting foals /yearlings ready for the sales riding/breaking hard working and honest driving an advantage   Accommodation details if required-your own room/tv/wifi /heating etc shared kitchen
* Own apartment available *Salary up to 2000 euros depending on experience **Pets and own horse considered Job Description All the daily duties around the horses in an eventing yard. Minimum Requirements Work experience. Preferred in an international eventing yard. You also need to be able to handle stallions.   Accommodation details Apartment is available   Benefits Very nice family, team and high class horses in an very luxury horse facility.  
  *Salary IRO £400 pw neg. depending on experience * Friendly & professional environment  *Capable of sole charge. Lovely family who run a professional yard with rider competing from young horse classes up to 4* level, now needing a competent and reliable Groom/Rider to assist. You must be able to ride fit competition horses and ideally some young stock. The yard has a 12 Ton and also a 3.5 Ton lorry so if you could drive either, it would be enormously helpful 😉 All the mod cons and fantastic rehab facilities on site. Applicants must have sound knowledge, be able to handle fit competition horses and have enthusiasm for the job . Strong organisational skills required plus ability to turn out for shows (must clip, plait, trim and pull). 🙂 Caroline’s comments 🙂 Lovely, popular family yard opportunity. You will need to be confident and with experience but this is a real chance to manage a small string of event horses to a good standard with lots of support if/when needed. There is also an equine business on site so other Grooms are on hand, sociable and recommend. Happy, buzzy atmosphere. Please call Caroline & the Team on 0203 006 5730 or email Caroline@carolinecarterrecruitment.com  
Al Samriya Riding School (ASRS) is a privately-owned equine farm, and one of Al Faisal Holding subsidiaries. ASRS was established in 2007 as an expansion to Al Samriya Estate. Located in Al Shahania, an area 30 km from Doha, we pride ourselves for being in a unique location with access to fields, arenas and tracks where riders can enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Oryx reserve, farm and FBQ Museum set as an old Arabian Fort.   We are looking for an Equine Operation Manager to run day to day operations of the horse farm which contains around 90 stables (150 horses). Responsibilities include formulating overall strategy, managing people and establishing policies. Helping staff develop and be productive, while ensuring wellbeing of the horses and maintaining the facilities of our horse riding school. Ultimately, make Al Samriya the equestrian center to be proud of. Other responsibilities include: Lead, mentor and motivate staff Provide formal supervisions and manage staff performances Manage finances and Human resources for Samriya staff (salary/holiday planning/contracts/etc) Build effective working relationships with key stakeholders and other organisations Member of the Horse and Facility Improvement Team Adhere to all statutory legislation and Health and safety standards Risk assessments Sustains a friendly and professional environment in which riding, training, physiotherapy, education, work placements, research and evaluation activities all take place Maintain all relevant records Procedures and guidelines Minimum Requirements University degree, preferably in Equine Science, Animal Science, or Equine Business Management or any relevant field. Minimum 3 years experience in a similar role. From previous management or supervisory experience in hospitality or leisure you will have acquired outstanding business acumen, and driving the team to great results. You will lead your business to great successes. Well-versed in managing facility and premises of a horse farm.  Excellent Communication skills, and the ability to build rapport and strong relationships with people across all levels. Very good Computer Skills. Diligent, enthusiastic and passionate Salary: circa £35,000 per annum (depending on experience) Accommodation provided Pets and own horse welcomed for long term job holder Partner welcomed
*Salary negotiable* Private 1 bedroom flat* Basic utility bills paid ie. water, heating oil, electric, council tax.*Opportunity to have days Hunting accompanying family. *Partner welcomed & dog considered. Small traditional family Hunting yard 3 big Hunters & 3 Pony club/Hunting ponies Live in only (Partner very welcome but not suitable for a family with children) Sadly no space for your own horse Days: 5 days plus half day on a Sunday (Wednesday day off) Opportunity to earn extra money occasionally house sitting or driving out of hours. We are looking for a mature rider groom with hunting experience. We are a friendly family yard on the Shropshire/Powys border. Must be live in. Sole charge for the total care. Exercising and schooling of 3 big hunters and 3 hunting ponies.  The job will be primarily working on your own although we do have girls to exercise and ride the ponies out with you. Ability to turn out to a high standard. Take pride in taking control and running  a tidy, clean yard. We would want the horses and ponies to be loved as your own. In quieter periods there would be property maintenance jobs as well. The property is 22 acres owned by my parents who live in the main house. The flat is on site. My family is based in London and we are at the yard only on weekends in the hunting season and in the school holidays. We have 3 children aged 11, 9 and 5 who are learning to ride/hunt and we’d want you to be part of it all. Required skills: Clipping/pulling/plaiting/trimming/washing/tack cleaning / boot & jacket cleaning General trailer driving & small tractor jobs (experienced trailer driver essential) Yard management and maintenance Hacking out/schooling/lunging Feeding Mucking out stables, paddock muck picking and paddock maintenance Kindness & manners essential To start approx July/August 2020 depending on Coronavirus restrictions  
Al Samriya Riding School (ASRS) is a privately-owned equine farm, and one of Al Faisal Holding subsidiaries. ASRS was established in 2007 as an expansion to Al Samriya Estate. Located in Al Shahania, an area 30 km from Doha, we pride ourselves for being in a unique location with access to fields, arenas and tracks where riders can enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Oryx reserve, farm and FBQ Museum set as an old Arabian Fort.   We Are looking for a Stable Manager to oversee the proper care of horses and their wellbeing, supervise stable employees and must be highly skilled in all aspects of horsemanship. Main Responsibilities: Member of the Horse and Facility Improvement Team Implements the highest standard of Equine condition and care ID registrations of the horses Run the day to day stable care Feed management, Farrier Grooming/clipping/cutting maintaining of coat, manes and tale of all horses responsible for tending to equine emergencies and liaise with the Vet Managing Stable hands/Grooms/Head Groom Arena surface management, graze and turn out management Teaching all levels Assisting and liaise RS Coordinator and Head Coach Support in training of horses and Planning events Sustains a friendly and professional environment in which riding, training, physiotherapy, education, work placements, research and evaluation activities all take place Salary: circa £26,000 per annum (depending on experience) Accommodation provided Pets and own horse welcomed for long term job holder Partner welcomed
*15 minutes from an airport *On-site (not shared) apartment *Shared use of a car. * 5-day week *Salary commensurate with experience thus negotiable *Own horse welcomed Job Description We are looking for a hard working, fun rider/groom to join our team in the south of Holland. Duties will include all manner of yard work and riding. Riding experience and the ability to work with horses of all ages are required. We are offering a salary, on site appartment and shared use of a car. We have 6 members of staff, several of whom live on site, so the ability to work as part of a team is essential.       Minimum Requirements     Accommodation details     Benefits    
*Single self contained accommodation on the yard. *Own horse welcomed *5 or 6 day week negotiable Job Description We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard working person to join our yard. We are a competition yard with a variety of horses including event horses, young horses for breaking and producing and some for sale. The role would include all general yard duties. Some riding for the right person if desired though not essential. Some competition prep and travel to training and competitions if desired but not essential. Minimum Requirements No minimum requirements, if you are enthusiastic and have a desire to learn then we are happy to teach you! Equally we would be happy with applications from more experienced candidates.   Accommodation details Single self contained accommodation on the yard.   Benefits    
   * 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      
Job Description Head Groom position on a Full/Part Livery Yard. All yard duties including but not limited too: Mucking out, Grooming, Tack Cleaning, Poo Picking, Handling a wide range of horses from ponies to TB’s. Ensuring yard tidy, tacking up, feeds, equine first aid. Riding, lunging, long lining, hacking  (If desired but not essential) Clipping (if able too). Handling/liaising when and if required for any vet, farrier, dental or physio treatments. (only required if Manager offsite) Be comfortable taking on leadership when manager is off site and organizing the team and daily routine. Assist in organizing/running on site local monthly U/A competitions (showjumping, dressage, kids show days). Help with organizing clinics. Minimum Requirements Must have proven experience working and being responsible with clients horses. Be confident and comfortable in taking responsibility for staff and horses when required. You will need to have a good work ethic and work well in being part of a small team. Have good communication skills and self-initiative. Accommodation details N/A Benefits Monthly Salary dependent on experience.  With 4 weeks paid holiday. Great opportunity for an experienced professional groom who may want a quieter life from a high pressure competition role. Or for an active groom wanting to have the opportunity to prove themselves in a higher responsibility role. Possibility to have priority on a DIY waiting list to be able to bring horse. (DIY separate onsite business)    
Job Description Stable hand required for family run Horse Sanctuary in Cyprus. 15 horses in rehabilitation and recovery. Duties include feeding, mucking out, washing/grooming horses, wound care, tack room/tack maintenance, ground work, riding, hacking out. Must be prepared for sole charge, and dealing with visitors (training given).   Minimum Requirements Very good fitness level, must ride, willingness to learn, helpful attitude, love of horses, good with dogs/cats, willing to work around pigs/chickens, must be able to chat to visitors!     Accommodation details Very pleasant en suite room in employer’s large farmhouse on site. Full board. Share meal preparation and washing up.     Benefits On job training, medical insurance, shared flight cost, British family environment, full board, team atmosphere, lots of rescued animals, good climate, beautiful rural location.    
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      
*3 bedroom accommodation available (no charge) * Salary £IRO £20,800 pa  *Partner welcome *Dog welcome Well known Racing Flat Racing/National Hunt horse owner and thoroughbred racehorse trainer requires a couple or single person (s) who are experienced and lightweight enough (max 10.5 stones) to be able to ride racehorses and to do all general stable duties to a good standard. Ideally, the applicant will be able to drive a 3.5t horsebox. Please call Caroline on 0203 006 5730 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 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
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
*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  
*Own horse a possibility * Very experienced Yard manager based on site *Fabulous facilities Job Description We are looking for a friendly, hard working individual to join our team at our busy yard just outside of Tonbridge in Kent. The candidate will be happy to assist in all yard duties including turning out, mucking out, catching in, etc.  An eye of detail and a tidy yard attitude is a must. You will need to be self driven, ensuring all duties are carried out meticulously.  We run a very reputable livery business and our reputation is important to us. Minimum Requirements Previous experience necessary   Accommodation details     Benefits    

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The Stables
Fildyke Road
Meppershall
Bedfordshire
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