Hill Farm

Hill Farm Stables is a long-established Livery Yard which is small enough to care yet big enough to cope. We aim to offer a first class service for both horse and owner in a happy and friendly environment. This a busy, friendly yard with about 50 horses, mainly dressage and recreational riding. there is a mixture of full and some part livery and also some diy liveries. The yard has a live-in stable manager who along with the owners of the yard is keen to teach the new apprentice up to the required standard.

The new apprentice would work alongside the other grooms on the yard. We have a very experienced yard manager who would teach theoretical matters on one afternoon per week, the remainder of the employment time would be taken up with practical work.

Because this is a very busy livery yard set in 260 acres of green belt land. There is ample opportunity for the apprentice to experience and be trained in most aspects of equine husbandry with the exception of breeding or racing. The apprentice should at the end of the course understand the basic principles of horse welfare and be able to carry out routine yard and field duties. They will also develop a knowledge of basic horse welfare and will assist veterinary surgeons in management of sick or injured horses. The apprentice will learn the basics of grooming, trimming, clipping and plaiting. They will also become proficient at equine dietary management. At the end of the apprenticeship the trainee will have completed the Equine Groom L2 standard syllabus.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working alongside our other staff
  • Giving feeds, turning out horses, mucking out & associated tasks
  • Cleaning waters, filling & hanging hay nets
  • Sweeping, muck bin tidying
  • Field management duties
  • Clipping, trimming, & tack cleaning
  • Minor first aid tasks and grooming
  • Assisting with clients
  • Exercising various horses, if applicant has suitable riding skills
  • Seasonal site maintenance

Desired skills

  • Some previous equine experience is essential
  • Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong communication skills are essential

Personal qualities

Outgoing, tidy, hardworking, able to take instruction and prepared to learn. Sense of humour.

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs or equivalents, in maths and English 
  • Applicants must not already hold a level 2 or 3 horse care qualification in order to be eligible for this apprenticeship

Future prospects

  • Future fulltime employment may be available if the applicant successfully completes their Level 2 apprenticeship

Things to consider

  • This job is working with horses, which means it can involve long days in all weathers and include weekend working. It is important the candidates applying for this position are aware of this
  • KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise
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Weekly wage


Working week

07.30am -16.30pm with two 15 minute breaks

Apprenticeship duration

16 months

Possible start date

27 March 2021

Date posted

23 February 2021

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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