A position which can be a springboard for a long career in the horse industry, the groom is the one who actually takes care of daily routine for the animals.
There are many tasks that can fall under the grooms command and the actual job description will vary from facility to facility. That means that not only does the job vary, but so does the pay. This is a position which benefits from a firm knowledge of horseflesh, a teamwork attitude and independent, creative thinking.
Physical strength, a sense of personal responsibility and attention to detail are quality aspects of a successful groom.
Following feeding, cleaning & watering schedules
Basic horse care, bathing, brushing, clipping
Cleaning & maintaining of tack & equipment
Basic exercise and ground work
Assisting with breeding & foaling
Assisting vet & farrier
Following supplement & medication schedules
Basic grounds maintenance and repair
Sometimes requires the use of farm equipment
Some employers may require a high school diploma, but beyond that this position does not always require formal schooling. Experience is the best teacher with respect to horse care and usually potential employers know that. However, any education or training in horse anatomy, care or training are always a bonus.
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a groom.
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British Grooms Association
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