Did you know that there is even an Apprenticeship in Equestrianism? So why not combine your passion and your profession?
Climb in the saddle and get ready for the ride.
The Equestrian industry provides a range of jobs such as: maintaining the horses’ health and welfare, riding horses for exercise, cleaning and taking care of the horse tack and preparing horses for competitions. There are many organisations that work within the Equine industry including British Horse Society representing over 69,899 members.
Some people dream of success while others wake up and work for it. In the equine industry this is exactly what you will have to do, it won’t be easy, you are going to have to work for it.
What Career Routes are there?
There are several pathways you can go down in the equine industry:
Assistant Grooms (Non-ride): care for and look after horses on a daily basis to ensure that they remain healthy, happy and in good condition. Generally Assistant Grooms work under the supervision of a groom or a yard manager.
An Assistant Groom (Ride) may be responsible for exercising the horses each day. This could include exercising from the ground, riding out on the road, in closed and open spaces and schooling on the flat and over fences.
Apprentice Stud Groom/Hand: you will assist with the day to day efficient running of the stud. They will facilitate breeding activities, assist vets and farriers in their work and take responsibility for running the yard in the absence of the Stud Groom. Apprentices would benefit from taking the business knowledge qualification.
Apprentice Trek Assistant: you will help the Trek Leader in organising and running horse and pony riding activities, particularly treks and hacks across open countryside. You may work with organised groups, individuals or small family units. Visitors you will meet could be first-time riders, novices or experienced riders.
Not everyone can hear the silent language between a horse and rider. Not everyone can trust their life with the a 100kg animal and not everyone has the guts, blood, sweat, tears and dedication needed to be a part of this world. But equestrians are no ordinary people and horses are no ordinary animals. The only ones who truly understand this world are the ones who are a part of it.