Originally Posted by Phantomstallion
What qualifications to you need to be a pro groom? Apart from experience.
On racetracks where I have recently been, some horse experience and a willingness to work 7 days a week and all kinds of weather is needed. A good command of Spanish (Mexican-style) is a plus.
I do polo grooming on the side. Three years ago when I started, I thought I would stand out with my rehab degree and experience. Not so. Many of the full-time grooms (I'm only seasonal) are vet techs, have course work in massage and myofascial release. Can reset a shoe and repair tack quickly. Fewer have course work in nutrition and basic physiology. And they are willing to travel, work 7 days a week, and tolerate all kinds of weather. A conversational level skill in Spanish (all regions) is a plus.
They are not in it for the money.