Sport, Fitness & Recreation

Horse Trainer

Horse trainers prepares horses for competition in the racing industry or in equestrian or show jumping events.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Horse Trainer do?

Horse trainers prepares horses for competition in the racing industry or in equestrian or show jumping events.


Work activities

Horse trainers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare horses for events such as show jumping and dressage
  • accustom horses to racing equipment such as saddles, harnesses, blinkers and sulkies
  • support the training of equestrian riders, apprentice jockeys, and track riders in horse riding or driving techniques and horse handling skills
  • supervise and manage stablehands, jockeys, track riders and harness drivers 
  • create, oversee, carry out and follow training programs for horses
  • monitor horses' health and report any signs of potential or evident injury and illness
  • attend race meetings or equestrian events
  • advise and consult with horse owners.

Horse trainers may also work as track riders.


Key skills and interests

To become a horse trainer, you would need:

  • a keen interest in horses
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • enjoy outdoor work
  • patience
  • no allergies to hay or animals
  • for track riders, an appropriate physical stature.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Horse trainers work non-standard hours, including early mornings, late nights and weekends. Trainers often work on a casual or freelance basis, and many also have their own horses, as well as training horses that belong to other owners. 

Track riders are employed by horse trainers and often undertake freelance work. They may work for more than one employer.


Horse trainers work in all sorts of weather conditions. Horse trainers travel extensively to race meetings and equestrian events, both locally and interstate.


How to become an Horse Trainer?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a horse trainer without formal qualifications, but employers usually require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent. You would get some training on the job. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have an appropriate VET qualification.

Licensing from the appropriate state regulatory body is required for both racehorse and harness racing employees and trainers.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Most horse trainers have extensive experience with horses and gain employment through knowledge of, or contacts in, the horse racing or equestrian industries.


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