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Do you want to become a groom? Are you looking for a job? Here are some handy tips:

Before you begin your search for a new job it is important to make a list of the things that are important to you. Do you wish to move abroad or be closer to home? What area of equestrianism do your passions lie in? Do you want to ride, travel, or get training? Once you have an idea in your head of what you are looking for you can begin your job search.
Do you want be to a competition groom? It can be one of the most exciting and well paid of the grooming roles, but it may not be for everyone. Attention to detail is key with stamina and the ability to multi task essential. Having a sense of humour is also very useful. Early starts and late finishes are “the norm” and you may be away for many weeks at a time. If you prefer regular hours and your own bed then this job may not be for you! 
Be open to ideas and think outside the box as you might be happily surprised. 
Are you really as a good a groom as you think? Challenge yourself and improve your skills - for example, if you can't clip, learn to! The Equine Skills CV will help you identify the skills that you have gained and the ones that you could add to your collection.
Many prospective employers will want you to email your CV outlining your experience and suitability for the position. Keep this concise and professional. Use our CV templates on the BGA website to ensure that your application stands out.
Don’t forget your email will also make the first impression so it is important to have a professional email address and ensure that your signature on your email includes your contact details.



 

 
 

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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