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Grooms in the equine industry provide daily care and maintenance for the horses under their supervision. Future Growth Strong

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Grooms are generally responsible for tasks such as mucking out stalls, feed preparation and distribution, cleaning and refilling water containers, grooming and bathing, cleaning tack, bandaging legs, tacking up, and administering basic first aid for cuts and scrapes. Grooms with riding skills may warm up or cool out a horse for its rider.

Grooms also hold horses for treatment by the farrier and veterinarian, assist with preparations for shipping horses to shows or races, and operate various pieces of farm equipment.

Most grooms are supervised by a barn manager, trainer, or foreman. The groom is expected to report back to those in management when they notice any injuries, changes in behavior, or potential hazards.

(Source: The Balance)

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Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • giving horses food and water
  • replacing bedding
  • cleaning equipment like saddles and bridles
  • cleaning, brushing and clipping horses' coats
  • mucking out stables
  • monitoring the condition of horses and reporting problems
  • treating minor wounds, changing dressings and giving some medications
  • following instructions from vets when treatment is needed


You may also be responsible for exercising the horses each day.

If you work with show jumpers or race horses, you’ll prepare them for events.

In studs and breeding yards you’ll work with stallions, mares and foals, and may help vets to deliver foals.

In riding schools you may greet clients, lead riders out on foot, and accompany them on horseback. (Source: National Career Service UK)

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