Horse trainers supervise the preparation of horses for thoroughbred or harness races, advise and consult with owners and instruct stable staff and jockeys/drivers.
Duties & Tasks
Horse trainers may perform the following tasks:
- carry out practical daily tasks, such as saddling, bridling, feeding and grooming horses
- accustom horses to racing equipment such as bridles, saddles, harnesses and sulkies (two-wheeled carriages)
- support the training of apprentice jockeys, drivers and track riders in horse riding or driving techniques and horse handling skills
- supervise and direct stable staff, jockeys, harness drivers and other workers
- plan, supervise and carry out training programmes for horses
- plan and select race programmes to achieve the best placing for a horse
- plan, supervise and carry out nutritional programmes for horses
- monitor the health of the horses and consult veterinarians and farriers 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.
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. Regular weekend work is also required.
- a keen interest in horses
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- enjoy outdoor work
- good communication skills.