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.