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Horse trainers supervise the preparation of horses for racing and trotting competitions, advise and consult with owners and instruct stable staff and jockeys/drivers. Future Growth Strong

Horse trainers work to ensure that their horses are at peak performance for a race or show. Horse trainers may feed, exercise and groom horses. They may also be involved in teaching jockeys, and ensuring stablehands are shown the ropes. They plan and supervise training programs for the horses in their care. They will attend race or show meetings and keep records of accounts. Many horse trainers are self-employed, and own their horses.


ANZSCO description: Prepares horses for riding, breeding, racing, work, show or competitions. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names: Racehorse Trainer, Trainer

Specialisations:
Horse trainers usually specialise in thoroughbreds for galloping races, standardbreds for pacing or trotting races or performance horses for events, show jumping and dressage. Also Horse Breaker.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A horse trainer needs:

  • a genuine interest in horses
  • patience
  • good communication skills
  • no allergies to hay or animals
  • to enjoy outdoor work.



Duties and Tasks

Horse trainers may perform the following tasks: Horses training

  • carry out practical daily tasks such as saddling, bridling, feeding and grooming horses
  • accustom horses to racing equipment such as reins and harnesses, hitches and sulkies (two-wheeled carriages)
  • teach apprentice jockeys, drivers and riders horse riding techniques and horse handling methods
  • supervise and direct stable staff, jockeys, sulky drivers and other workers
  • plan, supervise and carry out training programs for horses
  • plan and select race programs to achieve the best placing for a horse
  • plan, supervise and carry out nutritional programs for horses
  • monitor the health of the horses and consult veterinarians on injuries and ailments
  • advise and consult with horse owners
  • attend race meetings or other horse-related events
  • keep accurate records of accounts and use correct credit procedures.



Working Conditions

Horse trainers may be required to work long hours. Much of their work is carried out very early in the morning and they may continue to work all day. Even those that are self-employed may work long hours. The work may be in hot and not-so-clean conditions.

Tools and technologies

Horse trainers need to be proficient with bridles, saddles and other types of harness equipment.

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