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Beat the Christmas Party Hangover

OK so we shouldn’t admit it BUT we have all been there… A few drinks too many, a late night and an early start. And you know that really annoying thing everyone tells you when you are young “hangovers get worse as you get old” – yep, well I hate to break it to you but it really is true!

So here are our top tips for surviving and beating your hangover:

  • Dehydration is the biggest cause of hangovers so drink plenty of water before you go out and during the course of the evening
  • Eating isn’t cheating so if you are not eating whilst you are out make sure you eat before you go out
  • Before bed drink a pint of water and add a sachet of the diarrhoea treatment Dioralyte, or something similar. Dioralyte restores blood sugar and lost salts and minerals. If you are hungry eat something to help your blood sugar
  • Get as much sleep as possible.. (OK yes we know that’s a silly one!)
  • Avoid orange juice as the acidity will aggravate your stomach, and caffeinated drinks such as coffee or Red Bull which will just dehydrate you more. Red Bull (or similar) is great for keeping you going during the following afternoon
  • Eat breakfast - If you can stomach it! Personally, I like salted crisps, and my friend likes bacon sandwichs. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter, but it’s important to eat
  • Take paracetamol to ease a sore head. Avoid ibuprofen or aspirin which kill pain but can cause nausea and indigestion. (taken from Daily Mail)
  • Fresh air really does help to clear the head so get outside and embrace those stables!

On a serious note, please be aware of how much you drank the night before and do not be tempted to drive the next day until you are sure that alcohol is out of your system. There is a guide to working out when you are safe to drive here.

Enjoy your festivities!




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.


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.




Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.   

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


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

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