Horse Trainer

Prepares horses for riding, breeding, racing, work, show or competitions. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 36 weeks
Average pay $43,883
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 1,400

What does a Horse Trainer do?

  • teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
  • training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
  • training animals to perform in competitions
  • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
  • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
  • transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
  • maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
  • exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them


  • Horse Breaker

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Racing Industry
Certificate III in Racing (Trackwork Rider)
Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)
Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Race Driver)
Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)
Certificate III in Racing Services (Cadet Steward)
Diploma of Equitation Science