What does a Horse Groomer (600H) do?

Horse Groomers are responsible for the maintenance, health, nutrition, feeding, and grooming of horses.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting horse documentation, feed sheets, feeding guides, government regulations, and nutritionist or veterinarian prescriptions
  • Acquiring and applying a knowledge of environmental and safety legislation, basic horsemanship, pasturing practices and procedures, and general nursing care of horses
  • Handling and controlling horses
  • Grooming and cleaning horses; brushing and combing to ensure coats are healthy and neat
  • Tacking and un-tacking the horse; feeding and watering the horse; exercising the horse and observing behaviour
  • Cleaning and maintaining stable facilities (stables, pens, troughs), tools, equipment, and supplies
  • Loading and unloading horses for transportation
  • Communicating effectively with co-workers and owners

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma
  • Completion of 4,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Previous experience through job shadowing, co-op education, volunteering, or summer employment an asset

What's Your Future as a Horse Groomer (600H)?

  • Work in barn or stable; often outdoors in hot, cold, or rainy weather
  • Hours often full-time but may be irregular; may travel with horses to shows and races during evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Must wear safety boots and comfortable clothing
  • Demand for job higher in rural areas; may be self-employed or advance to trainer role
  • Employers include private horse owners, stables and ranches, race tracks, boarding facilities, horse veterinarians, and humane societies

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified groomers with specialized skills can earn $15.00-$20.00 per hour or more, plus overtime and benefits.

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