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Horse groom with British Grooms Association

Parent of a groom?

Advice for parents
British Grooms Association member

Is your son or daughter a groom? Do you worry about how they are employed and their well being?

Working with horses can be a very rewarding job with an active and healthy lifestyle, the opportunity to travel and have a career doing something your son or daughter really enjoys.

On the other hand sometimes it doesn’t work out as one hopes and it can end in tears.

We are committed to achieving 'social change' and are working very hard with employers to help them to modernise their working environments and HR within their business.

The BGA is aware that many parents are concerned about their children working in our industry. We also know how important parents are and how influential they maybe in the choice of yard that their son or daughter may opt to work at.

Many worried parents come to the BGA to ask advice about their children’s working situation; we very happily offer advice and support as long as the son or daughter is a BGA member.

As a result we have formed the BGA Parents Group which is comprised of five parents whose children work as grooms. The Parents Group advises the BGA on the work we should focus on and what more we can do to help parents and young grooms.

The British Grooms Association has been a tremendous source of advice to us giving us information and support when we have been trying to get our son correctly employed with different employers.

We seem to have fallen into nearly every hole there is but the knowledge from the BGA and the free legal helpline has been invaluable in helping us stick to our guns and not give up.

We have learnt so much and hope we have educated a few employers too and maybe helped more youngsters starting out in the equine industry to be employed properly.

The BGA is such a valuable tool in trying to improving working conditions for grooms, all grooms/students should seriously consider joining for the advice, back up and support available.

John and Cynthia Devenport

If you have a son or daughter working with horses then join them to the British Grooms Association today. 



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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