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:

a horse

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.

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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.