An exercise rider spends a great deal of time with the animals themselves. They are responsible for riding the racehorses during their exercise runs on the track.
What You Need
This is a position which benefits from a knowledge of horses and the racing industry, a strong teamwork ethic and a love of the outdoors. Exercise riders work closely with the each horse’s trainer to keep the animal at peak performance level.
Strong communication skills, the ability to think/ act quickly and attention to detail are all characteristic of a good exercise rider.
Responsible for morning workouts, introducing racehorses to the starting gate process & providing feedback to the trainer regarding the condition of the animal.
Monitor mounts condition, temperament & movement
Reporting progress or issues to the trainer
Introducing and training with the starting gate
Cleaning & conditioning of tack after use
Often assist with daily stable duties (depending upon the size of the stable)
Exercise riders can be employed by a trainer, a stable or work freelance. Where requirements are concerned all three options will be similar. Generally a high school education is expected (especially by large stables), but more importantly, riding & previous racetrack experience will be essential when applying for this position.
There are schools that provide an education for those who want to get into the field and additional schooling is always a plus.
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a Exercise Rider.
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Race Horse Trainers
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