Equine Welfare Assistant – Weekenders

Application close date:May 25, 2018

Interviews to be held:June 1, 2018

Bransby Horses is one of the leading horse rescue and rehoming charities in the UK and as such we continually strive to develop and grow and our practise in all aspects of Equine Welfare. As a result of our rapid growth, are seeking three more enthusiastic Equine Welfare Assistants to join our friendly yard team at the weekend. As part of the team, you will be involved in all aspects of equine care, from health and wellbeing to grooming and handling. Working with us, you will be able to develop your skills and access many of the benefits and training that we have to offer. The ideal candidate will have a level 2 equine qualification and at least one year’s industry experience.

Please note that this is a physically demanding role and you will be required to work outdoors and in all weather conditions.

Job Description

Liase With:

  • Visitors and supporters of the charity.
  • All staff that are employed or who work on a sub-contract basis for the charity.


Working Hours: Zero Hour & 15 hours per week (Saturday & Sunday)

Annual Salary / Pay Per hour: Meets National Minimum Wage (starting from £6.50 per hour - under 21)

Main Purpose of the Job:

  • To positively contribute to the charity’s objectives and commitment to provide a safe haven to equines in our care.
  • To work as part of a team to meet the daily health and welfare needs of the equines at in our care.


Main Duties:

Equine Care

  • Carry out feeding regime for equines.
  • Conduct health and wellbeing checks of equines on the yard, reporting any concerns or abnormalities to the yard manager.
  • Grooming equines on a regular basis or when necessary.
  • Administering medication and treatment, as directed by the Veterinary Consultant.

Equine Handling

  • Handle all equines with care and compassion, being mindful of your own safety and the safety of others and the general public.
  • Support and restrain equines for routine checks and administration of treatments.
  • Assist in the safe loading and unloading of equines from equine transport.
  • Aid in the control and containment of semi feral and unhandled equines.

Cleaning Tasks

  • Maintain and clean stables, staff areas and work related equipment to a high standard.
  • Replenish bedding, feed and water to all equines including stabled equines and those residing in outside accommodation.
  • Management of horse manure on the yard and surrounding fields.

Welfare Tasks

  • Assist in the handling and movement of equine herds around the farm.

Other duties

  • Drive company vehicles in the execution of your duties, both on the farm site and on public roads, when required. A driving license is required, if applicable.
  • Operate small tractor and trailer on the farm site. In house training will be provided.
  • Any other duties deemed necessary to assist the Charity in the Welfare of Equines.
  • Ensure an efficient service and follow the “Supporter Experience Charter”.

Health and Safety

  • You are to be mindful at all times of your own Health and Safety and that of others. You are to act only within the Health and Safety Policies outlined to you on your staff induction.
  • To read, understand and observe the requirements of Health and Safety Policy and Procedure at all time.


  • This role deals with confidential and sensitive information. It is therefore important that any such information should not be discussed with anyone, unless you are given authority to do so.

This is not an exhaustive list of all of the duties that may need to be undertaken. It may be necessary to undertake other duties in order to fulfil the objectives of the charity.

person Specification

Education & Qualifications
  • A good standard of education (E)
  • An industry recognised Level 2 Equine Qualification (D)
Experience & Knowledge
  • At least one year’s experience of caring for equines (E)
  • Practical experience, particularly with youngsters and un-backed equines (D)
Application / Interview
Skills & Competencies
  • Good communicator, including both verbal and written (E)
  • The ability to work on own initiative (E)
  • Previous experience of carrying out a physically demanding role (D)
  • Health & Safety Awareness (D)
Personal Attributes
  • Flexibility and willingness to work out of contracted hours when required (E)
  • Tactful, honest and trustworthy (E)
  • The ability to learn quickly and adapt to various situations (E)
  • The ability to promote a professional image of the charity at all times, both in and out of work (E)
  • Ability to inspire and motivate team members (E)
  • Be presentable and able to represent the charity to the highest of standards at all times (E)
  • Commitment to Charity objectives including honesty, respect and safety (E)
  • A full driving license (D)