During the summer of 2012 I began my work experience at North Farm Stud. I had never worked with race horses before so I was hoping to gain knowledge and experience in all areas of racehorse care and rehabilitation. My intentions were above and beyond what I expected and from the moment I arrived I was made extremely welcome by Grace and all members of staff. I was directly involved in the daily duties which took place on the yard and also had the opportunity to ride many of the horses on a frequent basis.
I was taught how to handle thoroughbreds correctly and safely and was given many opportunities to handle mares & foals. I believe that my handling skills improved since working at North Farm and I now feel much more confident than I did prior to working there. I was also able to work alongside their regular farrier, remedial massage therapist, chiropractor and veterinarian assisting with x-rays and a castration which was an extremely interesting experience. North Farm Stud is the home to where the charity HEROS operates and I was fortunate enough to be able to accompany Susan Jannaway, Grace’s assistant, in taking their ambassador horse MONSIGNOR to race meetings to raise money for the charity and meet the public. A particular highlight was being present at the Olympic torch parade at Ascot with champion jockey Frankie Detorri riding MONSIGNOR to carry the torch.
As well as working with retired race horses I also cared for many National Hunt race horses in training, which were on their summer break at North Farm Stud. Since working last year I have followed the form of each of these horses and will continue to do so in the future. North Farm Stud is a unique and special place which provides ultimate care and management of horses to the highest standard. I valued my time here greatly and due to this I have visited again out of university term time. The most recent visit I made I was fortunate enough to be able to assist with two mares foaling on the stud which was extremely rewarding.
The knowledge and experience Grace and her team have is second to none and I genuinely believe that my time here there and will be a memorable asset to me when working in the industry in the not so distant future.
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