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Horse Groom


Job Description

As a Horse Groom you will care for your employers horses on a daily basis making sure they are feed, mucked out, exercised and generally in good health. You will prepare then for any competitions they may be entered in and may even be able to compete yourself.

Entry Requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but experience of working with horses will be valuable.

You could:
• start as an assistant groom
• do paid or unpaid work in a stable
• take a qualification in horse care, like those offered by the British Horse Society (BHS) and the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS)

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship. 

You can also do pre-apprenticeship courses at racing schools and colleges, and specialist training in the horse breeding industry.

Career Path and Progression

With experience and further training, you could take charge of a yard or become head groom. 

In a racing yard, you could progress to head lad or girl, travelling head lad or girl, or to assistant trainer or trainer.

On a stud farm, you could become a stud groom, stallion handler or stud manager. 

If you work in a riding stable you could become a riding instructor.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Farrier
  • Horse riding instructor
  • Jockey
  • Riding holiday centre manager
  • Riding holiday leader

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A genuine interest in horses and their welfare are essential
  • You will need to be an organised person which will help with the daily routine

Starting Salary

£10,000 to £16,000

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