As technological advances began to overcome our society, horses are not used in as many daily tasks as they once were but nevertheless, horses play a very important part in our modern world. Whether they are pulling equipment on small farms or being used in the entertainment industry, horse trainers are needed to ensure the horses are ready to perform their jobs.
Horse trainers generally specialize in a certain style of horse or activity. They may choose to work with race, show, work, riding, or entertainment horses. The skills needed and job details vary for each trainer depending on which style horse they are working with.
Trainers will usually begin working with a very young horse teaching him to accept human contact. Daily grooming and contact with the animal helps to achieve this goal. Trainers will then introduce equipment such as the saddle, reigns, and harness. Once the horse masters these things, a trainer will begin riding him and teaching basic commands such as trot, run, and jump. Once these basics are achieved, training begins on skills they will need to perform their intended job properly.
Horse trainers, in addition to training the horse, are responsible for caring for them as well doing things such as feeding, watering, exercising, and grooming. They also oversee the health and wellness of each horse, contacting the veterinarian when medical treatment is necessary.
No formal training or college degree is necessary in pursuing a career as a horse trainer. It is essential to spend as much time as possible with horses learning about them and learning to care for them. By volunteering and accepting part-time or summer jobs working with horses, this can easily be accomplished. Once you have several years of experience in handling different styles of horses, contact a local private riding school or private stable regarding a position as a horse trainer. Although a college degree is not required, many trainers will attend a 2-4 year colleges to obtain a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Equine Studies.
The salary of a horse trainer varies greatly depending on work location, environment, specialty, experience, and education. Some trainers are paid a monthly or yearly salary ranging from $18,000-$40,000 while freelance trainers may earn an hourly, daily, or monthly wage. Trainers who work with racing horses may also earn a portion of the horse's winnings as additional compensation. Some trainers may also receive paid vacations and medical benefits when working for a private stable or school.