Horse trainers or instructors work with horses to ready them for riders, races or shows. They typically are expected to analyze horses’ dispositions to anticipate any possible behavioral problems such as kicking, tossing or biting. Then, they train accordingly to prevent future behavioral problems. Additionally, trainers/instructors assist horses in adapting to gear, acclimating to riding on various terrains and performing various exercises. Responsibilities: Horse Trainers are responsible for assisting horses in adapting to saddles and bridles, rewarding and training horses to obey commands, analyzing horses’ dispositions for possible behavioral problems, training to prevent future behavioral problems, teaching horses to perform various exercises, being strongly versed in various equestrian styles and training horses accordingly, acclimating horses to riding on various terrains and to boarding trailers, observing horses' nutrition and health (notifying veterinarian if needed), assisting in grooming and making grooming recommendations, maintaining stables and waste management, and feeding and watering horses.
Recommended High School Courses:
Associate's Degree in Equine Science or Equine Studies
Courses and Workshops to become more familiar with training horses