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Equine Care Assistant

Greatwood Charity
SN8 4DT, Marlborough
Competitive - based on experience
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Horse Care, Groom
Job Role
Yard Person
Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time

Greatwood Charity is looking for both full & part time stable staff to join our fun and vibrant team. The successful candidates will be joining a great team and be working on a professional former racehorse yard, which prides itself on outstanding levels of animal welfare.

Responsibilities to include:

  • Stables - preparing stables for use; mucking out regularly; spring cleaning of stables after winter use
  • Feeding - keeping feed equipment and buckets clean; preparing hay; filling water buckets; measuring out food (under direction); and checking that the horses have eaten
  • Horse care - undertaking field checks (checking on horses, fencing and troughs); catching horses from paddocks and leading in, checking for lameness while walking the horses in from the fields; grooming; assisting the vet and farrier; assistance with health under supervision, including hosing, poulticing, bandaging and administering oral medication
  • Retraining - lunging, long reining (not essential but desired)
  • Environment Care -  light maintenance including sweeping and hosing down the yard; washing, and painting walls and fences; field maintenance including ragwort removal; cleaning out water troughs; dung removal from fields; washing of rugs; cleaning tack
  • Assisting visitors and students

The candidates should:

● preferably have Thoroughbred/racehorse experience

● have horse management and care skills, being able to handle horses quietly, confidently, kindly, competently and respond appropriately to emergencies

● be organised and able to behave in a professional manner

● be able to work within a team

● be articulate, with good communication skills in order to represent Greatwood appropriately

● be physically fit, happy to work hard and be reliable

● be flexible and able to respond rapidly to changing priorities

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