What does a
Racing Groom do?
As a racing groom, you are an integral part of the team in a racehorse trainer’s yard. Whilst most of the roles are working with horses as grooms, head grooms, yard or barn managers and work riders, you could also be a horsebox driver or part of the ground staff or office support team.
If you work with racehorses you might care for and exercise around 2 to 3 or perhaps more, every day.
- Mucking out
- Grooming and feeding
- Taking horses for a pick of grass
- Taking horses swimming
- Riding out
- Cleaning tack and sweeping the yard
- Reporting any changes in the horse in your care to the trainer
- Taking horses racing in UK or abroad and leading them into the paddock and winners’ enclosure
- Saddling up
- Caring for the horse after the race
- Showing horses to the racehorse trainer or owners
- Taking horses to the sales
- Ensuring the yard runs smoothly
- Managing a team of racing staff
- Training young or inexperienced staff
- Breaking young horses
- Setting feeding regimes
- Managing veterinary issues
- Carrying out medical treatments as directed by the vet
Travelling Head Groom
- Travelling in UK or abroad with horses
- Driving the horsebox
- Supervising the travelling grooms
- Being responsible for passports and colours
- Representing the racehorse trainer in declaring, saddling and speaking to the jockey and owners if the trainer is absent
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