Horse Training Career

A horse training career involves teaching horses and teaching the people who handle them to prepare the horses for competition, entertainment, or horseback riding.  Horse trainers teach horses to obey commands and teach gaits, paces, and stands.

Horse trainers direct and supervise stable workers, horse exercises, and workers who feed and care for the horses.  They may also give advice to owners when buying horses or to jockeys about handling horses in a race.  They spend little office hours and many hours working with horses or riding them.  You need to have a love for horses and must be good with animals.

How to become a horse trainer

A college degree is not required to become a horse trainer but you need to have a background with horses and have years of experience with them.  You can get a vocational degree or certificate in a horse training college.  You may then volunteer at stables and riding centers to be able to learn from trainers or become an apprentice of an established trainer.  You need to get a certification and license to be able to work as a horse trainer.

Horse trainer types, Description, Information

You can be a horse trainer involved in sports and teach horses show jumping, racing, reining, and vaulting.  Horse trainers can also be employed in the entertainment industry for movies or shows.  Some trainers work in riding schools teaching novice riders and schooling young horses.  You can also be self-employed and run your own business.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

You may choose to get a certificate award, an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science or Equestrian Studies.  Equine science deals with the scientific study of horses while equestrian studies deals with the practice of horsemanship.  You will study courses on the daily maintenance and care of horses, horse breeding, equine behavior, anatomy, and nutrition.  Some programs require apprenticeship before entering a training program.  You can also get the same education through online study programs.

Schools, Colleges, Universities offering Horse Training Degrees

There are many colleges offering equestrian degrees and certificate programs.  Schools often require you to be at least a high school graduate or completed GED for degree programs.

Most colleges charge around $500 to $1,000, with charges increasing if you are from another state.  You may get a scholarship from the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. if you study in member schools.  Students can also avail the Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation Scholarships awarded annually at the National Horse Show.

Horse Training Top Colleges and Universities

Centenary College

Ellsworth Community College

Johnson and Wales University

Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center

Horse Training Job Opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the annual average salary of horse trainers is $25,950.  Monthly salary can be good if you have train many individual horses which can be charged around $500 to $1,000 per month each for top trainers.

A horse training career can be a rewarding job if you love horses.

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  1. md.jashadulalam says:

    want to be a famous horse trainer…..

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  3. Jaclyn says:

    hey im in 7th grade and doing a project in Tech Ed(technology education) and we had to choose 2 carreers so i chose horse trainer for my 1st choice….i havent noticed that there is this much information about it! geeeez! better get back to workk

  4. jns1999 says:

    i have to do a project on this horse trainer that i picked and omg i am in love with horsess<33333

  5. countrygirl2016 says:

    OMG i’m an 8th grader and i have to do this one page report on my career goal and how i’m going to achieve it. for the past year i have decided to be a horse trainer when i get older 😀 I’ve been around horses ever since i was born <3 and i am absolutely in love with horses <3. this page helped!

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