To all you dedicated horsey mums out there. This blog is for you and even those who are thinking of returning to horses after having a baby.
It’s certainly a challenging role splitting your life into two parts especially when you have as much commitment to being a parent as you do to your job. The financial implications are always the first to consider working out and the question that you often hear is ‘will it be financially viable for me to return to work?’ The cost of childcare and a low wage is often not worth going to work for apart from giving you that so often needed return to your own identity and not just ‘Mum!’ and that it allows your little one to start the social skills that are so important to implement early on in their lives. If you like the idea of that then it can work well provided you can get the work hours that also fit in with your busy schedule. I have had these issues with both of my children but luckily, I have a very supportive husband to can financially support us and is also on hand whole heartedly when I call him at 5p.m to say I’m not coming home that night because a colic is about to turn up at the clinic. Thus, saying this, it would still be nice to earn enough not just to cover the bills! My childminder charges £5.00 an hour all year around so the majority of my wage covers this. I’m often glad when we have a long day at the clinic or an overnight case as this means a little bit extra in the pay packet that month. Far too often these days people decide that they want a career with horses and then say that their employer wouldn’t pay them what they asked for or the hours were too long, to me, it always has been and always will be a job of love and anyone who puts their money and hours before working with horses isn’t really cut out for a job working with animals! I am lucky that if my children are ill, my family are all in close proximity and are usually available to help out. Being self-employed doesn’t give me the option to freely take holiday or time off work that employment does but it does mean that my hours can be slightly more flexible if needed, this also brings me onto the subject of insurance. I would strongly urge any groom, rider, equine nurse etc who is self-employed to take out their own private accident and illness insurance, should the unthinkable happen and you are involved in a nasty equine related accident or you fall very ill this insurance can be a really worthwhile investment. You don’t get paid to have time off ill but these insurances ensure that you receive an income whist you are off work. Both British Grooms association and KBIS offer fantastic policies, more information on this can be found on this link