Essential Skills for Grooms(equine partner)
One Month Course:
Location: Manjeev Natural Horsemanship Farm
Price: INR 10,000/student
Minimum age: 16 years (guardian authorization required for attendees below 18 years old)
Participants will be awarded a Certificate at the end of the Course.
Maximum 02 students per month.
The course is for all Beginner skill level students, with no prior experience required.
Interested Students for Advanced level can call us to discuss their interesting courses.
WHY EDUCATED GROOMS ARE VALUABLE IN YOUR ORGANISATION/STABLES:
to enhance the horse’s performance
to improve the horse’s welfare
to work more efficiently in the stables
to prevent diseases and accidents with horses
to increase safety for both groom and horse
Basic Horse Handling Skills
Proper Grooming Techniques
Recognizing Health Issues
Administering Basic Health Treatments
Recognizing Behavioural Signals
Confirmation and Anatomy
Ability to Communicate With Others
Equine Assistant Certificate
There are a number of key skills all horse industry professionals should possess in order to become experts in their fields. Here are some of the most critical skills and abilities we teach for those hoping to find work in the equine industry.
Basic Horse Handling Skills:
This skill is a basic requirement for anyone working with any type of animal. All equine professionals should be comfortable working around horses in a hands-on capacity. Basic skills should include haltering, leading, picking out hooves, bathing, blanketing, wrapping legs, and cooling horses out after a workout.
Basic handling skills are the foundation for all interactions with horses and these skills abilities can only be developed over time. This is why it's beneficial if the worker has gained diverse experience working with horses of different ages and breeds.
Proper Grooming Responsibilities:
Grooming is a very important part of equine care and maintenance. All equestrians should be familiar with the different grooming equipment used on horses including the curry comb, mane comb, soft bristle brush, firm bristle brush, hoof pick, and sweat scraper. It is also beneficial for equestrians to be able to operate body clippers to trim excess hair, especially if they are working in the showing industry where careful grooming is highly valued.
Proper grooming keeps a horse’s coat healthy and the close observation of the horse during the grooming process can lead to early detection of potential health issues.
In order to properly execute your grooming duties, you must be willing to work outside and in any type of weather. And since it is a physical job, it's important that you're physically fit.
Recognising Horse Health Issues:
Horses have a particular knack for injuring themselves on a frequent basis and it is fairly common for equine professionals to see a variety of cuts, abrasions, leg injuries, and colic cases. Colic is an event of severe abdominal pain that often requires veterinary treatment.
Those working with horses should be able to judge the severity of an injury, deciding whether a vet should be called or if the injury can be handled by the farm staff. Staff members should also be able to detect small changes in each horse’s behaviour or eating habits that could indicate the start of a problem.
Administering Basic Health Treatment:
Individuals working in the horse industry should be able to apply leg wraps, treat small wounds, give oral medications, and complete other basic healthcare tasks without assistance.
And whenever appropriate, they should be able to recognise when a horse needs more advanced treatment and refer the animal to a trained vet.
Recognising Horse Behavioural Signals:
Horses give many signals that can express their impending behaviour. Handlers should always pay careful attention to the horse’s ears. The position of the ears can indicate aggression — when flattened or “pinned back” against the head and neck — fixed interest or fear — when pricked sharply forward — and distraction — when swivelling back and forth. Other areas of the body that can hint at behavioural changes include teeth, legs, and the positioning of the head and neck.
Similarly, those working with horses should also be able to detect behavioural issues from a horse's tail, lips, jaw, and nostrils. All of these body parts will give out clues as to whether the horse is relaxed and happy, or agitated and unhappy. For example, a loose lower jaw indicates the horse is happy. A tight and drawn lip line may indicate tension in a horse.
Equine Conformation and Anatomy:
Equine professionals should have a basic knowledge of equine anatomy and what a well-conformed horse looks like.
At the most general level, a groom should know the basic points of a horse, focusing especially on the legs and hooves — areas that frequently require wrapping or other special attention.
Anyone working with horses should have a general understanding of equine nutrition. This may include knowing how much feed is required for each horse, how to mix it and whether a horse may require a special diet because of illness or age. Those working with horses should also be able to recognise when the animals stop eating and refer them to qualified vets for treatment.
Ability to Communicate With Others:
All equine workers should have the ability to communicate clearly with others in the equine industry (such as veterinarians, grooms, and trainers) to ensure that the needs of the horses are met in a timely and efficient manner.
The coordination of equine care should always be a priority for all industry workers.
Take Aways with you:
At the conclusion of the course, the groom achieves professional certification on the basis of final practical assignment. There is also an advanced level of certification after this course, which focuses on horse training & communication.
Boarding & Lodging:
Students can share the accommodation at farm with farm staff in the premises.
Students will pay their share of the food at the end of the month.
Any illegal substance and alcohol consumption are not permitted at company accommodation.
Students are advised not to keep valuables in the company accommodation and they will be responsible for the safety of valuable items if kept in the rooms.
Visitors coming to see an employee staying in the company accommodation should meet them in outside area
Students are advised to keep noise levels to minimum which should not affect the neighbours.
Students are advised to keep company accommodation clean and to best of hygiene condition. This is directly linked to the health and safety of occupants.
Students may come from diverse background and are advised to live at company accommodation with peace and harmony and respect for each other, neighbours and outsiders. Any events of misbehaviour, quarrel between occupants or with outsiders will lead to strict action against the concerned person.
Any exception should be approved by the Farm Manager.
About the venue
The course will be held at our horse ranch in Gurgaon. We have 8 horses, 7 dogs and 6 cats, which was not at all intended like that but all these rescues are now an integral part of our family.
We have a mix of horse breeds, including Marwaris, thoroughbreds and imported Argentinian polo ponies. This is a great way to discover different temperaments of horse breeds.
The farm is at the feet of the Aravali hills, surrounded by nature.
What you need to know
There will be no riding, all exercises are carried from the ground.
Our horses are all well trained and safe to be around, so are our dogs and cats. However, they are live animals with a mind of their own. Dogs can get playful and jump, and cats get playful too and scratch. You need to be comfortable with animals. We are an all-inclusive farm where animals are treated just like us :)
Terms & Conditions
Manjeev Natural Horsemanship is entitled to cancel any course in case of circumstances beyond control. A full refund shall be made to your account upon 6 weeks of the cancellation.
Any cancellation on behalf of the participant/student will not be refunded. Every participant/student is advised to close on a cancellation insurance. A participant/student is also allowed to arrange replacement for its spot on the course only prior to course starting, once the course started no replacements will be accepted.
After your payment has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation email with an invoice and disclaimer form for the course. It is the responsibility of the participant/student to contact Manjeev Natural Horsemanship when a confirmation email hasn’t been received.
It is the responsibility of the participant/student that 100% payments should be made before the course starts. If the payment hasn’t been received on the first day of the course, Manjeev Natural Horsemanship is entitled to exclude the participant/student from partaking.
By signing the disclaimer form, the participant/student agrees to the terms and condition of participation. The participant/student also agrees with his/her obligation to pay for the selected course.
Use of horse during the courses:
Third parties can provide horses to the students/participants during the course days. These horses are allowed to present themselves at all times and it is prohibited that any signals given by the horse are contested with violence from the participant/student.
The participant/student holds the responsibility to timely report when feeling endangered with a horse. The participant/student is responsible to enhance its own safety and that of its fellow participants/students.
Keep communicating at all times when dangerous situations arise.
Manjeev Natural Horsemanship does not cover insurance for the participant/student during the course.
It is the responsibility of the participant/student to close on a liability insurance that covers all practices within the course, horsemanship (either your own or provided by third parties) and the location on which the course is given.
Participation of any course is at your own risk. Manjeev Natural Horsemanship cannot be held liable for any injuries/and or damage incurred during the course and after applying newly acquired techniques taught in the course.
This website displays all courses that Manjeev Natural Horsemanship offers in 2021. However, Manjeev Natural Horsemanship is entitled to adjust and cancel at all times.
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Manjeev is Asia’s only Monty Roberts certified instructor. He discovered horses “late,” having never sat on a horse until the age of 32. At that time, he was working at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Shortly after, with his wife, they decided to leave their jobs and corporate life to dive deep into the world of horses. Manjeev trained at the Monty Roberts Learning Center in California over a period of several years which included extensive work with untouched horses, such as wild mustangs. He travelled to the four corners of the world, from Argentina to New Zealand going through Mongolia, to learn as much as possible from amazing horse people. In 2016, he moved back to India to open his horse centre where he teaches non-violent horse training and Equus.
You can watch the BBC documentary on Manjeev here.