Careers with Horses

For a career with horses, it is crucial to have relevant training as without this, your CV won’t get noticed.

Looking for an Equine Career? Here are a few options:

Horse Racing Careers

Stable Hand:

Jobs in horse stables are the starting point for many equine careers. Some form of stable work forms part of most jobs working with horses.

Head Lad/Lass:

Involves over-seeing the stable hands and ensuring that the yard is well run.

Travelling Head Lad/Lass:

This role is all about having responsibility for Stable Hands and horses travelling to races anywhere in the world.

Assistant Trainer:

An assistant trainer works closely with the Trainer to ensure that racing and training schedules are adhered to.


A trainer is responsible for ensuring that the race horses are fit and able to perform to their best ability in a race.
Most Jockeys begin their careers as Stable Hands and those with real potential and aptitude are selected to train as jockeys after graduating from a racing school.

The Level 3 Diploma in Horse Care, Behaviour and Welfare is suitable training for working in a stables and for a variety of careers with horses. The course explores the welfare, care and behaviour of horses and includes information about equine anatomy, psychology, nutrition, health, handling, transport and welfare.

Horse Body Brush
Horse Body Brush

Horse Breeding Careers

Stud Hand:

Responsible for the welfare and care of thoroughbred foals and mares.

Stallion Handler:

Responsible for the care and welfare of racing stallions.

Stud Groom:

Responsible for horse breeding and for the management and training of the Stud Hands.

Stud Manager:

This is a highly responsible yet varied career and in many cases the Stud Manager is also the Owner of the Stud Farm.

Other Careers with Horses


The work of a Farrier involves the specialist care of horse hooves and horseshoeing.


This is a fantastic career for a creative person and once you have qualified, setting up your own business as a Master Saddler is a good business option.

Riding Instructor:

Responsible for teaching people to ride horses; either individually or as a group.

Mounted Police:

Their work includes; high visibility patrols, public order duties as well as specific crime initiatives and specialist events, such as trooping the colour.

Army Mounted Units:

There are 2 mounted units in the army: The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Equine Physiotherapist:

The racing industry requires physiotherapists to be available on site and to care for horses recovering from racing injuries.

Horse Rescue Charities:

There are many equine charities that require a number of employees who not only care for the horses but also have an understanding of the process of rehabilitation.

Other Horse Careers:

Include Equine Dentist and Equine Veterinary Nurse.