What is a Racehorse Trainer?
A racehorse trainer is responsible for the day-to-day preparations needed to train a horse to run races. Racehorse trainers can condition a variety of racing breeds such as Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Arabians, and Standardbreds. Most trainers work with only one breed at a time as they develop their racing stable and clientele.
Trainers decide how the horse is cared for as far as the feeding and grooming regimen is concerned, and are especially particular about the exercise schedule for the horse and making sure the horse is rested enough. A racehorse trainer needs to have in-depth knowledge of different types of racing breeds and their pedigrees in order to choose a winning prospect. A racehorse trainer is able to earn a substantial amount of money depending on the level of competition and how much prize money is involved in each race, as they take a percentage of the horse's winnings.
Trainers can find work across the United States and in many countries on the international circuit. Major international racing venues include Dubai, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and Hong Kong.