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.

Racing Groom

  • 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

Head Groom

  • 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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