Racehorse trainer

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • work out daily training and exercise routines
  • plan feeding programmes for each horse
  • monitor horses’ development
  • talk to staff and vets about any problems
  • supervise stable staff
  • manage preparations and travel for race days
  • keep racehorse owners up to date with their horses’ progress
  • deal with administrative work like training records, wages and payments


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of training
  • ability to design courses
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own (drive)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Racehorse Trainer, formal subjects aren’t typically a primary requirement, but a good general education is beneficial. Racehorse trainers usually gain experience through a combination of education, hands-on work, and apprenticeships within the horse racing industry. However, having some relevant knowledge can be useful. Here are some subjects that can help:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for handling finances, calculating race times, and managing budgets.
  2. Science: Understanding biology, particularly related to equine anatomy, physiology, and nutrition, can be valuable for horse care.
  3. Physical Education (PE) or Sports Science: This can provide a good foundation for understanding exercise regimes, training schedules, and the physical aspects of horse care.
  4. Business Studies: Knowledge in this area can be helpful if you plan to run your own racing stable, as it involves managing finances, employees, and other aspects of the business.
  5. English: Good communication skills are essential, especially when dealing with horse owners, jockeys, and stable staff.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


You can work towards this role by doing a senior equine groom advanced apprenticeship.

This will usually take at least 18 months to complete.


You could work at a racing stables as a groom, a rider or instructor. You would then move on to become an assistant trainer before applying for the full trainer’s licence.

As an assistant trainer, you could do a  course which would teach you about:

  • staff management
  • handicapping
  • media training
  • health and safety
  • racing welfare
  • licensing

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 45-47 hours of work. You could be required to work early mornings flexibly.

You could work at a riding stable, in an office or at a race track. Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

Career Path & Progression:

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