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Description: Farriers prepare and treat horses' feet, and make and fit horseshoes.
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Description: Grooms care for horses and maintain the stable yards. You might work in a racing stable, a livery yard, a stud farm or a private stable.
Salary: £15000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week, weekends included
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Description: This term usually applies to training racehorses. It is an exciting and vibrant career with prospects.
Salary: £15000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: Working hours are long, starting early with supervising exercising the horses. Weekends, especially during racing season.
Description: A riding leader takes groups of riders on treks. It is an enjoyable career if you love riding and horses.
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Description: A saddle fitter fits the saddles and advises on the best saddles to suit the horse and the rider. Whereas a saddler makes the saddles. Some professionals fit the saddle and make it as well. Saddle Fitter: You may work for a saddle and tack manufacturing company or for a bespoke saddler and fitter. You may be employed to represent a specific manufacturer; or in a small individual company; or be self-employed representing a manufacturer; or self-employed making bespoke saddles. Your work will take place at stable yards. Saddler: You may be making saddles in a manufacturing environment using machinery or you may be making hand-made saddles for a small company
Salary: £15000.00 to £30000.00 average per year
Hours: Saddle Fitter hours are variable and sometimes out of hours. Saddler: 8.30 – 5.00 weekdays.

Horse Groom

Description: Grooms care for horses and maintain the stable yards. You might work in a racing stable, a livery yard, a stud farm or a private stable.
Salary: £15000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week, weekends included

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements but a love of horses is vital, and experience in handling them is required.

Qualifications are offered by the British Horse Society (BHS), the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) and the SRUC.

Skills Required

Practical skills

Experience in handling horses

Physically fit

Typical Day

·       Feeding the horses.

·       Taking the horses to the fields for the day.

·       Mucking out and re-bedding the stables.

·       Sweeping down the yard.

·       Cleaning the tack.

·       Grooming the horses.

·       Exercising the horses.

·       Supervising the visit of the farrier or the vet.

·       Bringing the horses in from the fields.

·       Feeding and watering horses.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

In a stable yard in all weathers

Career Path

With qualifications there is the possibility of becoming a senior groom or yard manager, particularly if you are working at a racing stable.

You could become self-employed.

Most people do this job because they love horses.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor