We surveyed 800 horse trainers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical horse trainer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a horse trainer?

Low

High

Working as a horse trainer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a horse trainer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a horse trainer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a horse trainer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a horse trainer.

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Do horse trainers work full-time or part-time?

39% of horse trainers work in full-time roles while 61% work part-time.

Is being a horse trainer stressful?

Low

High

Horse trainers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a horse trainer?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a horse trainer.

How competitive is the workplace for horse trainers?

Low

High

Horse trainers see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a horse trainer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for horse trainers.

Are horse trainers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a horse trainer, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do horse trainers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Horse trainers have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a horse trainer physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a horse trainer requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are horse trainers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, horse trainers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a horse trainer require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a horse trainer.

Does being a good horse trainer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as horse trainers.