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Description: Farriers prepare and treat horses' feet, and make and fit horseshoes.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
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Description: Grooms care for horses and maintain the stable yards. You might work in a racing stable, a livery yard, a stud farm or a private stable.
Salary: £15000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week, weekends included
Description: Horse riding instructors work with people of different ages, riding ability and experience.
Salary: £14000.00 to £25000.00
Hours: Variable
Description: This term usually applies to training racehorses. It is an exciting and vibrant career with prospects.
Salary: £15000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: Working hours are long, starting early with supervising exercising the horses. Weekends, especially during racing season.
Description: A riding leader takes groups of riders on treks. It is an enjoyable career if you love riding and horses.
Salary: £13000.00 to £23000.00 average per year
Hours: Possibly long hours and at weekends
Description: A saddle fitter fits the saddles and advises on the best saddles to suit the horse and the rider. Whereas a saddler makes the saddles. Some professionals fit the saddle and make it as well. Saddle Fitter: You may work for a saddle and tack manufacturing company or for a bespoke saddler and fitter. You may be employed to represent a specific manufacturer; or in a small individual company; or be self-employed representing a manufacturer; or self-employed making bespoke saddles. Your work will take place at stable yards. Saddler: You may be making saddles in a manufacturing environment using machinery or you may be making hand-made saddles for a small company
Salary: £15000.00 to £30000.00 average per year
Hours: Saddle Fitter hours are variable and sometimes out of hours. Saddler: 8.30 – 5.00 weekdays.

Horse Trainer

Description: This term usually applies to training racehorses. It is an exciting and vibrant career with prospects.
Salary: £15000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: Working hours are long, starting early with supervising exercising the horses. Weekends, especially during racing season.

Entry Requirements

Experience with horses is essential.

It is common to start working as a groom at a racing stable for which no qualifications are necessary. However it is advantageous to have completed a college course in horse management or similar.

To acquire the status of trainer requires many years of experience working on a racing stable before applying for your licence with the British Horseracing Authority. You will also be required to complete modules with the British Racing School or the Northern Racing School.

Skills Required

Practical skills

Horesmanship

Leadership

Typical Day

·       Organise daily exercise and training routines

·       Plan feeding content and schedules

·       Assess horses development

·       Liaise with vets, farriers and horse owners

·       Arrange racing days Manage stable staff

·       Maintain records of horses

·       Attend to administration of racing yard       

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

Mainly in a stable yard with some office work.

Career Path

Appenticeships available With experience, you could become a fully licensed trainer, a bloodstock agent or a stud manager.

Although average salaries are £15000/£45000 with experience a successful trainer will possibly receive a share of the winnings

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor