7.00 am - 8.30 am. The first thing we do is take round morning feeds, as we go into each stable we make sure previous nights feed has been eaten, check legs and see there are healthy droppings. After they have eaten we start to muck out, change rugs depending on the temperature and get the first horses ready to go out in the paddocks or on the walker. Carl and Charlotte arrive to start riding at 8.30 so we make sure the first horses are ready.
8.30 am - 1.30 pm. The yard is swept and we continue to get horses ready for Carl and Charlotte to ride, the team warm up the horses before they are schooled and walk them off, usually down the drive, when they finish, often Carl and Charlotte will hack them round the field together.After work all the horses and bathed and groomed. This is a really busy time with everyone focused to get the horses finished by 1.30.
2.30 pm - 4pm. After lunch we clean the tack and do all the general yard duties.
4pm - 5.30 pm. All the horses have a quick groom before night rugs are put on, we start the final tidy of the wash bays and tack room, skip out, sweep the yard, take the hay trolley round and finally evening feeds. The arenas are levelled and we once the tack room is locked we leave to the sound of contented munching.
9.00pm. We take it in turns to do the late night check, a quick look over each stable door to see they are all comfortable and well.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: All the horses are worked as above.
Wednesdays and Saturday: Horses are hacked for an hour.
Sunday: Horses day off. Turned out where appropriate or on walker. This gives us a day to catch up on other jobs like pulling manes and tails, cleaning the horsebox and all the other jobs that crop up.