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Horse Trainer
Horse trainers train horses for racing, trotting, harness or riding. They advise and consult with owners and direct stable staff and jockeys / drivers.

Trainers need to handle a horse gently and make it accustomed to the bridle, saddle and other riding gear. Horses are taught to respond to commands made by legs or reins and commands.

Horse trainers may also teach learner jockeys, drivers and riders, horse riding techniques and horse handling methods. They plan, supervise and carry out training programmes for horses and select race programmes to achieve the best placing for a horse. They attend race meetings or other horse-related events.

They also need to advertise their services to attract clients and employ and manage staff in accordance with relevant laws. They have to keep accurate records of accounts and use correct credit procedures.

They supervise and direct stable staff, jockeys, drivers of a sulky and other workers.

Horse trainers sometimes get special permission to organize the breeding of horses and then they may need to help mares when they deliver their foals.

Horse trainers are also responsible for grooming, exercising and feeding the animals. They either do this themselves or they supervise assistants or stable hands.

Horse trainers usually specialize in either thoroughbreds for galloping races, standard breeds for pacing or trotting races or performance horses for events, show jumping and dressage.

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.

Satisfying Aspects
- working outdoors and with the animals
- helping animals in distress
- seeing how animals respond to teaching is a rewarding factor
- training an animal can also be emotionally satisfying

Demanding aspects
- frustration when animals do not respond to training
- having to work long hours in all kinds of weather conditions

- at least 16 years old
- keen interest in and love of animals, particularly horses
- extremely patient and kind
- friendly and caring
- managerial traits
- physically strong and fit

School Subjects
No set level of school required
It is suggested that you progress as far as you can at school

Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences and Science

Diploma: Equine Science - TUT

In-service training is usually offered in the relevant areas of interest. These may include circuses, racecourses, stables or the armed services.

- circuses
- racecourses
- stables
- armed services
- self-employment

Any of the above potential employers

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