Horse groom - what do you think
I'm really determined to find myself a horse groom position but I don't know if my experience is enough for an employer. I also have an university degree but it's not at all related with horses, it's a Philosophy degree and unfortunately it's not something that gives me to many areas where I can find work. Working with horses is the only area that I like were I have some experience. Here is my work experience:
"- oct. 2008 - oct. 2011 : working as a volunteer at the Bucharest horse shelter "Steaua Sperantei" . Main responsabilities: treating wounds, administer medications (IV shots, IV fluids, muscle and subcutaneous shots, pills etc), grooming, bathing horses, lounging and light riding, tacking up, handling problem horses, stallions and young horses, taking care of old horses and malnourished horses, mucking out, feeding, watering, sole charge, assisting the vet.
- oct. 2011 - present date: working as an assistant trainer at a private farm near Bucharest . Responsibilities: helping with training, lounging, light riding, helping with lessons, tacking up, clipping, bandaging, plaiting, administer medications, cleaning tack.
Specialities: lounging, plaiting, clipping, tacking up, grooming, working with young horses, handling stallions, handling aggressive and problem horses, equine first aid (know how to treat wounds, IV shots, muscle shots, subcutaneous shots), feeding/watering, bandaging, riding intermediate level."
I'm searching for jobs abroad. In Romania working as a groom you only earn 200 - 300 euros monthly and you really don't have what to learn from there. You just muck, feed, water, groom, tack, un-tack and keep the yard clean. That's all that you have to do so because of that all the grooms/stable hands are man without education, with drinking problems, that have nothing else to do, they don't even like horses much. I don't want to work as a groom in Romania because of the small wage and the status of the average employee.
I would like to find a job in UK or in Germany but for the moment they don't give work permits to Romanians easily. Romanians tend to have a bad reputation abroad because of the Gypsies. Gypsies are he biggest minority in my country. They tend to be unemployed people, with not so good work and living ethics. They usually beg and steal for a living. I'm not a racist but all the gypsies that I've seen are not very honorable persons. Abroad they are called Romani/Romany so it resembles Romanian. Romanian is a people that lives in Romania, gypsies are Romanians also but not all Romanians are gypsies, just a minority are gypsies. So that's why being a Romanian doesn't help me to much in finding a job.
I would like a job where I could have the opportunity to improve my knowledge about horses, about training them, better grooming and handling techniques maybe even to improve my riding. What do you think? Is my experience enough for a groom position?
Well, I'm not sure you will like it. Mucking gets boring after you do enough of it, and the pay is always low.
If you want to live on site, and do 40+ weeks for minimal pay, than yes go for it.
Even in the US this is the way it is "That's all that you have to do so because of that all the grooms/stable hands are man without education, with drinking problems, that have nothing else to do, they don't even like horses much"
Now if you wanted to come to the US on a work permit, and work just for housing/living expenses, there is a non-profit near me that might take you if you were interested. The hours there aren't bad. They have 120 horses, so you would spend about 3-4 hours feeding every morning, and maybe an additional hour or two checking on the special needs horses and giving medication. After that you could help out with planning fundraisers, or any other small tasks, but the hard labor would be done. (they only feed 1x per day) They do need someone to run the tractor and drag the fields and help with fence repair, but it is not a bad job. It would be a non-riding position though.
You could use that to get your foot in the door, and a good reference and maybe move on from there to Ocala, FL where there are some major stables.
There is also a farm called KESMARC that offers an internship program. I think Kesmarc would be a better fit for you. Google them for more info.
You need to aim higher than just being a groom, if you want good pay.
I already found a job, I was really amazed to find a job after just 4 days of searching. It's in Germany at a competition stable. They have only warmbloods that are used for jumping up to 1.55 m/5'. I have to muck out, feed, groom, clean the tack, bring horses out to their paddocks and eventually lounging. I also need to go with them to the competitions.
I'm a bit scared about it but I am sure that I can do it. We'll see.
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