Today we speak with Marieke Aldenzee, who is working in a slightly different stable than the usual sport stable.
She is working in Equilimbrium Stable in Oisterwijk that is specialists in rehabilitation, aqua training and swim sessions for horses. Today she takes us with her on a typical work day in a horse Spa !
Could you tell us how you like to start the day?
I always start my day opening the stables and feeding the horses. It is a good moment to think about what a fantastic job I’ve got! The minute that the horses wake up, they are always happy to see me. (this is of course because I feed them in the morning, but this doesn’t matter to me :p). While they enjoy their breakfast, I start mucking out the stables.
Are you a morning person?
Actually I’m not really a morning person even though I start at 7 o’clock in the morning. I don’t mind getting up so early, but I like to have my start in the day all alone. After I feed the horses my mood is immediately much better! And that’s the point where all the other Grooms come in. Perfect timing!
How does a normal workday for you look like?
As I mentioned already, I start at 7 in the morning. First, I start feeding the horses and while they are enjoying their breakfast, I start cleaning the stables. When they are done eating, the first ones are going in the field for the morning. After mucking out, it is time to start with the rehab and the training of the horses. This means that we start in the spa with some aqua training and swimming sessions of the horses. No day is the same, so it can be that we could have a client coming during the day for a spa treatment. Or that my boss would like to start riding early. That is a good thing because it means that every single day is different, and this keeps my job super nice to do! We always end our day by cleaning all the stables again. Hygiene is super important in our job so our facilities/stable always look super shiny!
What time are you finish?
I start at 7 in the morning and mostly I finish on time at 16:00. We try our best that I’m done around 4 pm. We work on shifts, this means that some of my co-workers start in the afternoon and work till 6:30 pm. Every day is covered from 7 am till 18:30 pm.
What is your favorite product?
This is not such a difficult question! I love to work with VL powder, because we work so much with water (swimming, aqua training, shower after field/riding) the legs of the horses can stay wet pretty long. When they are wet, we dry them with a towel and put some VL powder on their legs and this will take the water out much quicker. In this way we avoid soft spots and wounds.
What is your favourite moment of the day?
My favourite moment is the time just before leaving at the end of the day. All the horses are quiet after their training or rehab sessions. Everything is clean and the place look beautiful! We put some classical music on, because it will give them the ultimate relaxing atmosphere. I can go home and totally relax!
What do you like to do in your spear time when you finish working?
When I have a day off, I like to go training with my dog! He is like a child to me and I love to practice agility with him. He is eager and excited about it and this gives me much encouragement to keep on training with him. He is still super young, so we take our time. If it is possible, I would like to do some agility shows with him in the near future.
Thank you Marieke for taking the time to speak with us !
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