Racehorse trainer

Racehorse trainers run racing stables, manage staff, look after horses' training and welfare, and prepare them for races.

Potential salary
£15,000 to £45,000
Working hours
45 to 47 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • working out daily training and exercise routines
  • planning feeding programmes for each horse
  • monitoring horses’ development
  • talking to staff and vets about any problems
  • supervising stable staff
  • managing preparations and travel for race days
  • keeping racehorse owners up to date with their horses’ progress
  • dealing with administrative work like training records, wages and payments

You could work at a race track, at a riding stable or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

With experience you could become a specialist racing consultant, trainer instructor, bloodstock agent or thoroughbred breeder.

You can find out more about about working in horse racing from careersinracing.

Data from National Careers Service.

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