What Is It Like At Westland?
At Westland Farm we have a very lovely bunch of helpers, volunteers, friends and family who all muck in and do bits and pieces at the farm. Should you wish to be looking for somewhere to volunteer, do a school or college placement or simply build your skills and confidence, we would be more than happy to have a chat about doing this at the farm, working with the horses and the other animals. Everyone here are very friendly and help is always welcomed. We have Public Liability, Employers Liability and various other insurances to cover placements and volunteers.
CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A COMPETENT AND CONFIDENT GROOM – SCROLL DOWN
PAY IS DEPENDANT ON ROLE/EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCED GROOM WANTED
We are looking for an experienced groom to join us on our farm, to support the care of the horses and ponies, who are mostly on grazing livery. The role involves performing day to day tasks associated with the care of horses (mainly) and supporting more inexperienced staff. Westland Farm is a friendly place to be, with liveries who range from small children with small ponies, to adults with large shire horses, doing anything from happy hacking, carriage driving, competitions in various disciplines, fun rides and so on. There are 16 stables on the yard, and many fields and paddocks, with horses that need attending to in various ways daily. You would need to be a good team player, with a good work ethic and positive hard working attitude that can also work on your own initiative.
GENERAL ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Being a leader and role model to others in the general care and facilitation of care of horses and other animals on the farm.
Following and giving instructions and directions from the supervisor, owners and other customers farrier, veterinarian, or other relevant horse or yard professional on assisting with the day-to-day care of horses.
Mucking out stables
Providing hay, feed, or supplements, and water to horses on the farm.
Cleaning buckets and tubs used in the feeding process.
Grooming, saddling, unsaddling, and bathing horses.
Cleaning all horse equipment.
General ground work (depending on experience), this may include hand walking, lungeing, turning in/out horses.
Maintaining the yard area – sweeping, washing, and general cleaning.
First Aid delivery to horses
Handling horses for the veterinarian, farrier, or trainer during medical or other treatments.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Yard work experience
Relevant Equine or Animal Care qualification
Good interpersonal skills
Horse care experience
Confident general horse care skills
Salary entirely dependent on qualification, experience and riding ability
Weekend and evening work essential, preferably 40 hours per week (negotiable)
What We Are Looking For
We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, positive volunteers who would like to help out at our farm, do work placements, D of E or weekend helpers.
You will have opportunity to ride should you wish to as we have lots of horses on the farm that you would be able to ride if you are a confident rider.
Should you be interested – please email us on email@example.com with some relevant information about yourself and any questions you may have.
We hope to hear from you!
VOLUNTEERING OR WORK PLACEMENT
Location – Westland Farm and occasional another field in Shamley Green rented by the farm.
Hours – Flexible, however you must be able to commit to doing some level of regular hours
Duties – Turning out/in, feeding, haying fields, taking rugs on/off, general stable duties and horse care duties.
Pay – Occasionally there are paid jobs available (give us a call) – volunteers welcomed in return for riding 🙂