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Stablehand/Groom

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Cares for horses and ponies at stables, feeding, grooming and exercising them.


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Luke Drea
Event Rider  

Luke Drea is a 3 Day Event Rider who is Self Employed. He left school before the the Leaving Cert exams to study in Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College in Kilkenny, where he completed the Sport Horse Production course. During his Transition year in school he took a year out to work with horses and did the British Horse Society stage I & 2 exams.

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The Work header image

Grooms care for horses, keeping them in good health and condition. Daily care of horses involves mucking out the stables, replacing bedding, providing fresh water, preparing feed and hay and giving it to the animals.  
 
Grooms may also be responsible for the daily exercising of horses. After exercise, they usually groom the horses. While grooming, it is important to check for any changes in the horses' condition. Any animal that is unhealthy should be reported and will require special attention.  
 
Grooms clean tack/harnesses and check equipment for repair. Sometimes they are also required to maintain the yard itself.  
 
The work varies in different settings. For example, grooms employed by competition yards look after racehorses, show jumpers, eventers or dressage horses, preparing the horses for events and competitions and often accompanying them. In stud and breeding yards, grooms work with stallions or mares and foals.  
 
Many grooms wish to become jockeys so this is a very good starting point. A small number of grooms employed by racing yards are selected for training as jockeys, if their riding is of a high enough standard.  
 
There is a risk of injury therefore protective clothing and hard hats should be worn.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.

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Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.

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Examine and observe animals to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.

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Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment.

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Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and stables, and equipment, such as saddles and bridles.

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Perform animal grooming duties such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears.

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Answer telephones and schedule appointments.

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Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities.

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Order, unload, and store feed and supplies.

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Collect and record animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Looking after horses is hard physical work, demanding good health, stamina and fitness. It is not necessary to be an extremely competent rider, although a basic standard is often required.  
 
Grooms need a love of horses and an aptitude for handling them. Good observational skills are needed to notice changes in the horse's condition. Practical hand skills, with attention to detail, are required.  
 
Patience, willingness to work long hours, including early mornings, weekends and public holidays, while. You need to be comfortable with carrying out routine and repetitive tasks. Mucking out is dirty, smelly work. It is important to be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions.  
 
You will need good spoken communication skills for talking to customers and vets and so on. Clear handwriting is required for tasks such as record-keeping. Basic arithmetic is also necessary for measuring feed and so on. A driving licence may be useful.


Entry Routesheader image

To become a racing groom candidates generally apply to be taken on as a trainee stablehand at a Stud farm where they learn the ropes from senior members of staff. No set qualifications are needed to begin work as a racing groom. You must be fit, as the work is very active, and includes carrying bales of hay.

The British Horse Society (BHS) provide a number of courses, some of which are run in Ireland that will provide internationally recognised qualifications in the equine industry. Personal applications can be made to any establishment that keeps horses. Advertisements seeking Grooms sometimes appear in the press, particularly farming publications.  

SOLAS provide a traineeship programme to gain entry into this occupation. The Racing Groom Traineeship is a 30 week programme. The Traineeship consists of 20 weeks directed training with SOLAS and 10 weeks on-the-job training under the supervision of local racehorse trainers. This Traineeship is run in partnership with RACE (Racing Academy and Centre of Education) at the Curragh, Co. Kildare.

There are also QQI level 5 and level 6 PLC courses in Horsemanship offered nationwide equipping the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to care for and maintain horses, providing a relevant foundation for this occupation. 

Last Updated: March, 2015


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Organisation: Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE)
  Address: Beech House, Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.
  Tel: (0)45 850800
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Organisation: British Horse Society (BHS)
  Address: Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2XZ
  Tel: +44 (0)1926 707700
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Organisation: Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE)
  Address: Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare
  Tel: (045) 522468
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