Today Charlotte, super groom, and stable manager at Pasmore stables shares with us her daily routine and inside tips.
She shows us how it really is to work at a professional showjump stable, and take care of top sport horses.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Charlotte.
As we all know in horses often you have to start early so we wonder are you a morning person?
I wouldn’t say that I am a morning person, but early mornings are deffinatly an unavoidable part of the job and the thought of the horses waiting for breakfast is a huge motivation to get out of bed. If we have an early start or a show day I like to be at work in plenty of time to get everything organized. If you start the day in a rush you risk forgetting something, and you make it much more difficult to be organised.
What does a normal workday look like for you?
We aim to get all the horses out of their stables at least three times a day! In an ideal world they would all be out before 10am, then for a second time before 3pm, and then once more before the end of the day.
A normal work day at home starts at 7am, we start by feeding breakfast and mucking out all the horses.
We have our day planned out on a big whiteboard on the stable wall so we all know what the plan is for each horse that day. That way we can insure that nothing is missed, and all the horses receive the best care possible.
What time do you finish?
We aim to finish just after 5pm, I like to try and keep the dinner feed as close to 5pm as possible. Even if we aren’t completely finished I’ll feed them at 5 and finish up after, as I find the horses are much happier keeping to their routine. (Armani knows as soon as its even 3 minutes past dinner time!!) But just like all stables, there will always be days when we don’t finish on time. Putting the horses first is my first priority so Id much rather finish late than cut corners and rush to get finished by 5.
What is your favourite product?
I have many favourites, but I think that simple white vinegar doesn’t get the recognition it deserves! It can be used as a final rinse after a bath (1/4 vinegar, 3/4 Water) or even added to a hot towel to help lift dirt and grease. There are so many benefits from using vinegar, as its a natural fly repellent, (which is especially helpful in the summer), it helps keep you’re horses skin healthy, clean, and shiny, and will even kill some bacteria. Whenever I have a horse that gets a few hives/ bumps/ fly bites I spray vinegar mixed with which hazel directly onto the skin, and within a few hours they’re normally gone.
It is also very helpful around the barn, I add a bit of vinegar to a soapy bucket when cleaning the stable walls and windows. It does make the stables smell of vinegar though, but once its dry there is no smell at all! And best of all its very easy to pick up in the supermarket and very cheap.
What is your favourite moment of the day?
My favourite moment of the day is night check, when the barn is quiet and you can spend time with all the horses.
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