Don’t forget you……………

Clare and Henry

Obviously the life you have chosen as a top groom, means that you spend practically all of your time (and more often than not, money!) looking after your horse, tending for its every need, and often beyond, but don’t neglect you…………….

WEG diary – Katie Dutton

Katie Dutton with Vasilly

Andrew Hoy’s groom Katie Dutton shares her experiences of travelling to the World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina, with the Australian eventing team. Tuesday 4th September Well that’s it, Vassily and his team mates have been dropped off at Liege airport along with all his stuff! Hopefully, I haven’t forgotten anything. All essentials are packed and have been weighed, … Read More

To rug or not to rug……….

Evening stables

photo credit Rupert Gibson Photography. Autumn has to be the trickiest time of year for rugging up horses. The evenings turn chilly so quickly and temperatures overnight can soon plummet to frosty depths and then the next morning by 11am it is blazing sunshine. This year is a little more extraordinary than most with the consistent dry sunny days, (please … Read More

Why would you want to be a groom?

For me it was always simple, although I never had a pony, and came from a very non horsey background, I just had to do it. I think groom is such an inadequate word for someone who is responsible for (often priceless) horses. It depicts a small person rushing round with a dandy brush in one hand and broom in … Read More

How do you negotiate the minefield that is being employed in equestrianism?

How do you negotiate the minefield that is being employed in equestrianism; an industry that for many an employer their horse is their hobby, financed on a shoe string and expecting their groom to do the job for love not money? Well you don’t have to – there are some exceptionally good jobs out there, well paid, sensible hours and … Read More

The hunting season is nigh……

The hunters are back in, all whiskers and spikey manes. Having had his shoes off and out in a field away from home for 8 weeks to chill out Snakey (as he is affectionately known -due to his tendency to chase you around his box with his teeth!!) has had a very relaxing holiday by the look of his tummy! … Read More

Are you seeing signs that your employee is about to move on?………

……….It is every employer’s nightmare, little signs over the weeks that leave you with that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, just waiting for the call – or more often, the text to say they are not coming back to work- but what can you do about it? Ignoring the issue and hoping it will go away is … Read More