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A Day in the Life of a Horse Trainer

Posted by | July 1, 2013 | Job Information

Are you interested in knowing what the life of a horse trainer is like? Every year a lot of people opt for professional classes in horse training in various parts of the world. If you are an enthusiast then you can also go for such classes to get a taste of what the job of a trainer really is.

Of the various racing jobs known today, the job of a trainer is particularly challenging.  It requires immense dedication, passion and patience. Training animals, especially horses, is not a cakewalk but if you have mastered the art of training them then you would not have a problem at all.

So, before you take the leap and choose to be a horse trainer, have a look at what it entails. Indeed it is one of the most interesting racing jobs but only if you know what you are getting into.

What a Typical Day Includes?

A typical day in the life of a horse trainer usually begins early morning. Most trainers begin their day at about 3 to 4 am in the morning and work a split shift. The beginning and ending of the day depends from trainers to trainers across the globe.

Training is not for all.

Apart from training, which is a major part of such racing jobs, trainers have to take up a lot more. They have to feed the animals, take care of them and their needs, understand them, handle them, and schedule their workout and so on. So there is a lot more to training horses than you thought.


Timing is very important in the life of horse trainers. They have to set a time table for maintaining the horses, feeding them, grooming them and training them for races. All these activities are planned out through the day with additional time given to cleaning the stalls.


An organised way of dealing with various types of horses is important. So, an expert trainer would know the difference between indoor and outdoor horses. All of them are segregated on the basis of their age and sex.

Training Depends on Event

The training that is given to the horses depends a lot on what you are training them for. For instance, training race horses would be different from show or dressage horses. So, various trainers are equipped to train horses on the basis of what the event is.

a)      Racing: The horses are first fed hay for their morning meal. They are then brought out for a warm up in turns or batches. Once that is done, they are ridden them with a routine in mind. Some trainers ride or others advise track riders what to do.

b)      Show: For a show versatility is the key. So a horse is trained in various fields from jumping to lunging to showmanship to halter to even equitation. Since this requires a lot of training, riding the horses and preparing them with such moves is needed with a strict routine.

So, if you want to be a horse trainer you need to learn all aspects of horse care and management, however it is a rewarding role.

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