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Stud Groom

A stud groom works alongside the stud manager to ensure the welfare, care and health of the horses.

Responsibilities include:
• General horse care: feeding, mucking out, grooming etc.
• Handling the mare during teasing/covering
• Observation & care of pregnant mares
• Attending to mares and foals after foaling
• Liaising with others such as vets, farriers, owners etc.
• Maintaining stud records
• Possibly supervising other staff
• Handling foals/youngsters for training
• Possibly breaking/riding.

Preferred qualifications/experience

• BHS Stage 3 Care (for general groom's knowledge/skills)

Experience is essential in this field, so work experience at a stud is vital. Knowledge of modern techniques such as artificial insemination and embryo cloning will also be useful.

If you want to work at a racing/thoroughbred stud then the Work Based Diploma Level 2/3 in Racehorse Care and Management will also help you.

Personal specification

A stud groom must be patient, confident and experienced at handling young horses. You must be willing to work any hour of the day or night – a mare usually foals at night when it’s quiet. You must be calm under pressure and not be afraid to assist during foaling if required.

You'll need to be hard working, committed, enthusiastic and able to follow instructions. Good communication skills are essential.

Stud Manager

The stud manager has the ultimate responsibility for the horses, and for the promotion and marketing of the stud. This position is mostly office-based.

Responsibilities include:
• Liaising with owners
• Overseeing accounts
• Selecting/purchasing stallions and other bloodstock
• Managing/supervising other staff
• Marketing the stud.

Preferred qualifications/experience

Horse care qualifications up to the BHS Stable Manager’s Certificate will be an advantage – they include knowledge of running an equestrian business. Experience is essential in this field, so work experience at a stud is vital. Knowledge of modern techniques such as artificial insemination and embryo cloning will also be useful.

If you want to work at a racing/thoroughbred stud, then the Work Based Diploma Level 2/3 in Racehorse Care and Management will also help you.

Personal specification

You must have excellent organisation and communication skills, knowledge of running a business and be comfortable working with numbers.



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