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GROOMS - Give them a break!!
The main stay of the horse show industry is the grooms...they are sort of the unsung heroes, without them we grind to a slow agonizing stop! Some of the jobs are good ones and some of the jobs are not.
The inconsistent consideration to their sleep at night is most concerning... this in not about any one of the horse check choices, it is about choosing one at all!!! I work late at the shows a lot of the nights, leave late and am saddened by barns that expect the grooms still up working or bedding down in the tack rooms in order to watch over the horses all night....they need their sleep and for the paltry $30 or so a week an owner needs to pay the businesses who provide a night service...DO IT! These grooms need to rest after looooooong days taking care of the horses, remember their day STARTS at 4am to 5:30 am while you still sleep and continues till you are long gone from the show.
If you do not want night service for $30 or so a week then I suggest you sleep in the stalls at night and watch your own horse...for trainers who don't sign up I challenge them to sleep in the stalls and let their hard working grooms get a good nights sleep!!!!
Come on owners nd trainers - step up!! AND THANK YOU TO THE OWNERS AND TRAINERS THAT DO SIGN UP...it is in YOUR best interest, its your horse(s) safety!
**ON ANOTHER NOTE - SAME SUBJECT!
When grooms are expected to be available all night - THAT IS OVERTIME! If you pay them for the day work but do not pay them overtime for that responsibility, you better be sure EDD doesn't drop by and check up.
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