I think a great relationship based on mutual respect is crucial if you want the collaboration to last. Groom is a tough job, you work a lot and it affect your personal life, so if a rider wants to keep his/her groom for a long time he/she has to be respectful, fair, and grateful.
Lee McKeever, McLain Ward's longtime groom, said that they were kind of like brother who grew up together, so it's clearly important to have a good relationship to have a successful partnership!
Hi Tessy 🙂
I think it's quite difficult for a rider to find the right groom, indeed you need someone you trust with your horses' lives. It has to be someone you get along with pretty well as you will spend a lot of time together. And your performance on the saddle is closely linked to your groom's work, if the horse is nervous then it will be more difficult for you to do something great.