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A GROOMS LIFE BLOG

Summer Tips

We all take great care of the horses within our care, but do we pay just as much attention to ourselves?

For most of us the answer is NO!

When we notice an area of weakness within our horse, or tack, we take action to find a solution. The same is not necessarily true about us, self-care and wellness is just as important for a groom as it is for a horse.

Summer is generally a busy time, with various levels of stress, responsibility and long days which can have a negative impact on our performance, mental and physical health as well as leading to burnout.

Make sure you look after yourself this summer, start with the basics;

Protect yourself - use sun cream to protect your skin from damage, sun burn it not only dangerous it makes you feel tired too.
Stay hydrated - a lack of water can make you feel tired, dizzy and even give you stomach cramps!
Keep cool - You can’t beat the BGA polo shirts to maintain that professional summer look.

Take time for YOU!

Practising self-care is one way to reduce stress, avoid burnout and re-charge our batteries. Everyone has a difference idea about what self-care means to them, it could be taking the time to enjoy a long bath, a catch up with friends, a yoga session or simply finding the time to read a book.

If you are feeling overwhelmed check out Grooms Minds, our online resource dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of BGA members.

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What the personal accident policy covers you for:

  • Whilst at work
  • All stable duties – mucking out, grooming, washing off, turning out
  • Clipping
  • Riding – including hacking and jumping
  • Hunting
  • Lunging
  • Breaking in
  • Holding horse for a vet and other procedures
  • Travelling horses both in the UK and abroad
  • Competing in line with your job including: jumping, dressage, eventing
  • Injuries that may happen to you whilst you are teaching - but you must also be grooming as part of your duties and not be a sole instructor

What the personal accident policy doesn’t cover you for:

  • Riding in a race, point to point or team chase
  • Stunt Riding
  • Accidents occurring whilst travelling to and from work
  • Riding and competing your own horse (but you can upgrade when applying for membership to include this)
  • Public Liability – this is a separate insurance policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance
  • Care Custody and Control – this is a separate policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance

If you require additional cover then please contact KBIS directly.

   GROOM  RIDER  EMPLOYER

When you are working for other people you do most of the following; muck out, turn out/catch in, tack up, groom horses, exercise Horses (including hacking, jumping and schooling), in the care of your employer/client.

 
YES

 
NO

 
NO

Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.   
NO
 
YES

YES
 Provide grooming services for someone else either full time or on a freelance basis i.e. an employer or a client.   
YES

NO

NO
Employ staff – have an employers liability policy in your name NO NO YES
Buy and sell horses NO YES YES
 
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