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Horse Stud Manager
Horse stud managers are responsible for the housing, breeding, health, training and selling of horses within a horse stable and stud system. They need to be able to use their knowledge to deal with and solve problems in a scientific manner.

Horse managers study records of bloodlines and the physical appearance and performance characteristics of horses to determine breeding combinations before selecting horses suitable for mating. They maintain breeding records, dietary and other statistical information. They select and arrange purchase of bloodstock, mate mares with selected stallions and assist with foaling.

They need to ensure that horses are exercised and supervise the training of horses for competitions. They inspect horses for disease, illness and injuries and secure the services of a veterinarian when necessary.

They also supervise and manage equipment, facilities, pastures and staff, as well as carry out administrative tasks such as marketing, budgeting, planning and management of physical and financial resources.

Horse managers may specialize in the study and practice of riding and horsemanship (equitation), horse handling, instructional skills and managing riding schools for people at different levels of capability. Others are involved in the management of breeding programmes.

Satisfying Aspects
- working with horses and people
- working both indoors and outdoors
- being in a rural setting

Demanding aspects
- working long hours and after hours in all kinds of weather
- keeping up with and adapting to new scientific and technological developments
- having to start at the lowest position of the equine industry and work your way to the top

The horse-stud manager should:
- love animals, especially horses;
- have a placid temperament and calm way of working with horses;
- have the ability to get along well with other people in many different work situations;
- ability to organize and manage;
- be punctual and accurate;
- enjoy working outdoors;
- physically fit and strong.

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics

Diploma: Equine Science - TUT

- private horse-breeders
- commercial stables
- self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start own stud farm

Racing Association
144 Turf Club Street
Turffontein, 2190
Tel: (011) 683-3220
Fax: (011) 683-3222