Grooms provide practical daily horse care to ensure the horses health, welfare and safety. They take part in exercising horses, cleaning and maintaining the stables, buildings and territory.
- Breed-specific behaviour of horses
The behaviour and specificities of different horse species.
- Livestock species
Livestock species and relevant genetics.
- Young horses training
Principles and techiques of educating young horses important simple body control exercises.
- Animal welfare legislation
The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.
- Livestock reproduction
Understand natural and artificial reproduction techniques, gestation periods and birthing for livestock. Understand the humane destruction of relevant animals in accordance with national legislation.
- Training equipment for riding
Training equipment used in different riding styles such as saddles, bits/curb straps, neck sweats, athletic boots, etc.
- Animal nutrition
Aspects of how different animal species are fed and provided water. Different types of animal food, the quality criteria for animal food and methods to feed and give water to animals.
Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Transportation vehicles for horses
Types of transportation vehicles for horses and their safe methods of using.
- Equine dental diseases
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases for horses.
- Breed stock
Breed and raise livestock such as cattle, poultry, and honeybees. Use recognised breeding practices to strive for continuous improvement in the livestock.
- Transport horses
Transport horses using safely special vehicles for horse transportation; lead horses to vehicles taking into account the safety of people and horses.
- Teach young horses
Socialise young horses (cleaning, collaring, bridling, raising feet, etc.), taking into account the safety and welfare of the horse and teacher.
- Control livestock disease
Control the spread of disease and parasites in herds, by using vaccination and medication, and by separating sick animals.
- Perform farm equipment hygiene
Clean and sanitise equipment used in milking: milk storage tanks, collection cups, and udders of the animals. Ensure that procedures for the sanitary handling of milk are followed.
- Operate agricultural machinery
Operate motorised agricultural equipment including tractors, balers, sprayers, ploughs, mowers, combines, earthmoving equipment, trucks, and irrigation equipment.
- Maintain pastures
Ensure that animals on pastures or grazing lands have enough feed. Employ pasture-conservation measures such as grazing in rotation.
- Control animal movement
Direct, control or restrain some or part of an animal's, or a group of animals', movement.
- Provide nutrition to animals
Provide food and water to animals. This includes preparing food and water for animals and reporting any changes in the animal feeding or drinking habits.
- Maintain farm equipment
Use oil, grease guns, and hand tools to lubricate, adjust, and make minor repairs to farm equipment.
- Assist animal birth
Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.
- Clean stalls
Clean stalls to remove all soiled bedding to prevent moisture and fumes from building up and to cut down on potential parasite problems.
- Keep task records
Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.
- Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings
Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.
- Maintain the farm
Maintain farm facilities such as fences, water supplies, and outdoor buildings.
- Train horses
Harness, dress and train horses as per the instructions provided. Take into account the age and breed of the horse and the preparation purposes.
Optional knowledge and skillsprovide care for horses clean horse's legs assess lameness in horses safe horseback riding principles manage horse events assess the footcare requirements of the equid assess requirement for horseshoes make farrier tools and supplies analyse animal locomotion agritourism advise horse owners on farriery requirements attach horseshoes project management principles agricultural business management prepare equid hooves
Source: Sisyphus ODB