Foaling Unit Manager

Rich Hill Thoroughbreds Ltd

Waikato, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Jun 29

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This position description is designed to give an indication of the type of work and performance expected of the Foaling Unit Manager. It does not provide an entire list of activities or performance standards and the Foaling Unit Manager agrees to undertake any other tasks that are consistent with the position.

The Foaling Unit Manager’s role is to oversee the:

  • Management of the resident broodmares.
  • Management of the pre and post foaling health and well being of pregnant mares and their resulting foals to maximize live foal percentages.
  • Continued management to ensure health and conformation of young foals is closely monitored.
  • Reporting directly to Managing Director

Key Relationships

Internal External

• Managing Director

• Stallion Manager

• Dry Mare Manager

• Yearling Manager

• People and Culture Coordinator

• Admin staff

• All other Stud Staff 


  • Clients and prospective clients
  • Veterinarians
  • Farrier
  • Industry colleagues and contractors

Staff Communication

Good staff relationships are essential and key to the success of our business. Act and speak in a respectful manner with all staff. Give and receive directions to and from other staff appropriately, and raise any problems between staff with the Managing Director.

Key Outputs

Detailed below are the key responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. 

  • Observation and care of stock - In consultation with Managing Director report any illnesses or injuries immediately. Arrange for suitable treatment and follow up. Liaise with vet, farrier and senior staff regarding any ongoing treatment with mares and foals. Organise and assist with teasing, veterinary routine and examination of mares during breeding season
  • Breeding Crush and Foaling Unit - The seasonal organisation of the in foal broodmares. The care and management of newborn foals, diagnosis and treatment of any problems. Ability to administer medications (intravenous and intramuscular injections, oral medications, fluid therapy) to all stock under veterinary care. Associated vet work such as bandaging, maintaining progress notes and communication with veterinarians. A knowledge of mare and foal nutrition and conformation assessment. Practise foaling paddock hygiene procedures and if necessary quarantine procedures – see policies and procedures manual. Communicate closely with stallion manager and service barn team during breeding season to ensure wet mares are presented for service at an optimum time. Safety will be paramount at all times. Keep the Breeding Crush and Foaling Unit clean and tidy. Supplies reported to the office for renewal. Care to be exercised and procedures to be followed when working in crush and Foaling area.
  • Customer Service - Be familiar with Rich Hill clients and their horses. Liaise directly with clients and prospective clients when required. Be able to converse about clients’ mares and foals. Assist at open days and other industry related functions
  • Management and Mentoring of staff - Assist with the daily routines for staff and horses in your area of responsibility. Ensure safety of staff. Provide training and mentoring as required to ensure safety and efficient work routines. Ensure that good lines of communication are maintained between all staff
  • Record Keeping - Ensure records are kept of work you are involved in including: • Arrival and departure dates of animals, Farrier work, Branding, Drenching, Inoculations, check and record identification of arrivals of the farm, Ensure record-keeping procedures are current – this may involve implementing new technology
  • General Maintenance of Property - Ensure foaling unit and crush areas are maintained in a safe, tidy condition, Communicate with Maintenance Manager regarding, Fences and electrical maintenance, Lawn maintenance, Tree pruning, Race maintenance, Weed control, Pasture maintenance, Fertilizer application, Machinery maintenance, Report any other areas of maintenance you observe which need attention.

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