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Daddys Next
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« on: February 10, 2013, 11:21:40 AM »

I know there are jobs in the stable area of being a groom and a hotwalker.  I was wondering if someone could expand upon the responsibilities of each, and the hours that they keep at the track, and the pay they receive (I know you don't get wealthy doing this).  Regarding each position, I know that a "hot walker" helps cool out the stables horses after a work out.  What hours is the hot walker at the track (probably related to when the sun is up).  Let's say the sun rises at Arlington at 5:30 a.m. on May 15th.  Does the hotwalker have to be in the stable area by say 5:15 a.m.?  Then does he work walking horses from that time until say 11 a.m., or 1 p.m., or does he walk horses later in the day?  Does he do this 6 days a week?  Or 7 days?  Does the hot walker also muck out stalls?  Or is this something the groom does?  Does the typical hot walker live in the stable housing?  Or does he (or she) commute in for the day?  I know that horses have bits in their mouth (when racing, and at other times).  When a hot walker is walking a horse, is there a bit in the horses mouth, or just a bridle on?  Is it difficult to put a bit in a horses mouth? Does the hotwalker help keep the equipment clean?  Or is that a responsibility of the groom?  How many horses does a groom tend to?  Obviously, I suspect a groom will help keep the horse/stall clean, probably feeds the horse according to the trainers direction (or is it up to the groom, and he/she keeps the trainer appraised of how much they are feeding the horse).   Is this a 24/7 job, or do grooms share with other grooms so there is coverage?  I'm just trying to get an idea about the lifestyle of a hotwalker/groom.  Thanks. 
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 11:44:39 AM »

As far as hotwalkers go,the first thing in the morning they get out the "colds"(horses not galloping or training that day).It is a seven day a week job and the pay depends on the outfit.Some pay you by the horse,and some pay you a salary.You should walk each horse 30 minutes,but a lot of "gyps" do it less.You can also pick up extra by walking the stables horses in the test barn.Walking the horses in the shedrow they are haltered,not bridled,and you use a shank(a leather strap with chain to go on the halter).The groom "rubs"(takes care of) generally 3 or 4 horses.They muck stalls,do leg work(bandages,etc.)They are responsible for the care of the horse at all times including feeding.Most get a salary and stakes money,usually 1% of the purse for a really good horse.Working with horses,especially race horses,is a 7 day a week job.This is a short overview of the jobs.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 11:58:11 AM »

nmslim-  Thanks.  I should have known halter, and not bridle.  Do hot walkers stay at the track 24 - 7, or are they there from 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. until like 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.  Or are they there 24 hours a day.  Thanks.   
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 01:20:41 PM »

nmslim-  Thanks.  I should have known halter, and not bridle.  Do hot walkers stay at the track 24 - 7, or are they there from 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. until like 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.  Or are they there 24 hours a day.  Thanks.   
Most are day labor.Some grooms stay on track.If its a race day,sometimes you can stay to help through the races,most days though,hotwalkers are through after training.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 07:53:37 PM »

http://www.clockerbob.com/chapter12.html


Mucho Trabajo, Poco Dinero


     In the late sixties, you could scramble search the cold, dusty cement floor under your tack room cot for your payday bottle of whiskey, then freely pour the remaining taste into your first large styrofoam cup of steaming black track kitchen coffee. This coffee balm would enable you to be seen hotwalking your barnís first set at 5:30 A.M., sipping from the cup cradled in your left palm while your right hand held a leather shank connected to a halter around the head of the thoroughbred you walked.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 08:10:33 PM »

Most are day labor.Some grooms stay on track.If its a race day,sometimes you can stay to help through the races,most days though,hotwalkers are through after training.

In my experience alot of the hots are the grooms wives, so they tend to walk the horse over with them and such

The hots tend to help with cleaning the area to make it presentable for owners also, as most of you know, the mornings
can be chaotic with dirt, hay, straw, bandages, feces, and blankets end up almost anywhere! Smiley

Your descriptions were right on by the way....

Just to add on, a good groom can make a worlds bit of difference, they spend the most time with the horse and notice everything.

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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2013, 08:13:35 PM »

 beer
http://www.clockerbob.com/chapter12.html


Mucho Trabajo, Poco Dinero


     In the late sixties, you could scramble search the cold, dusty cement floor under your tack room cot for your payday bottle of whiskey, then freely pour the remaining taste into your first large styrofoam cup of steaming black track kitchen coffee. This coffee balm would enable you to be seen hotwalking your barn’s first set at 5:30 A.M., sipping from the cup cradled in your left palm while your right hand held a leather shank connected to a halter around the head of the thoroughbred you walked.

Beats the hell out of digging ditches.
Daddy, if you or somebody you know are looking for a job on the backstretch, try to get hooked up with a good outfit. Best of luck.
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 11:08:32 PM »

Daddy,
If you would like to spend a day in the barn, you are welcome to do so in our barn when we move the horses to Arlington.   
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