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post #1 of 4 Old 02-19-2014, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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What to expect as a groom??

Not really sure where to put this!

I'm going to help my trainer at a horse show with one of my friends from the barn, i just want to know what kinda stuff we would be doing, i thinks its a all day gymkhana type but im not sure...
just curious!
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-19-2014, 09:19 PM
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I'm not sure what you will be doing exactly, but usually when I take a groom with me to a show they will saddle up and lunge my horse for me while I put my show jacket/stock/hairnet/helmet/boots etc on, and while I am actually in the show ring they tend to stand on the sideline with a camera and strict instructions to take lots of photos for me, and also wait with big pockets for any prizes I might happen to get.

When I have groomed for others I have done everywhere between a little and a lot, sometimes they will want to saddle up their own horse so I will just be grabbing gear for them and giving a leg up, at the other end of the scale you have the "do everything for me so I only have to ride" people.. If i'm stressed or nervous I can be one of these people, but when I am grooming for these people I can do anything from help bath and plait the night before, to help clean gear and everything like that.

Just be ready to do as you are told when you are told to do it, especially if things start to get hectic, but enjoy it. Being a groom can be good fun, especially when the day goes well

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I am the same as HollyBubbles.

When I have a groom, I normally get them to brush, apply hoof oil, saddle up for me, hose horses off, give saddel and bridle a quick wipe over with a bit of saddle soap, rug, un rug, take off boots and bandages as necessary (ie - dressage warm up, take bandages off before entering ring), carry a water bottle and towel for sweat, dust and such to the warm up. I normally only have a groom when competing more than once horse though.

When I have groomed with my old boss I would; brush, clean tack, tidy up horses (apply chalk to white markings, wipe mucky backsides, etc), apply hoof oil, saddle up, unsaddle, hose off, rug, unplait, clean tack (again), take boots/bandages off after warm up, have cameras/water bottles/towels/show jacket etc ready for warm up and administer them as necessary, feed horses, clean stalls/yards, top up waters, wipe dusty boots off, help mount up, load and unload horses, clean out the truck... It was a long weekend, but super fun. I got to look after my favourite horses which was a great reward but my boss was also amazing and he bought me a leather and swarovski crystal halter as a thank you gift totally out of the blue which was really lovely and unexpected.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-22-2014, 06:10 PM
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Cleaning, horse and tack, putting rider up and making sure they are in good state.

Keeping horses stalls picked up, making sure everything is ready for class.

And don't forget to double check closures on doors, as have seen horses wiggle them loose, and also people/kids too.

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