A hot walker doesn’t necessarily sound like an important job, but it is. Race horses work very hard and cooling them properly after a race or a workout is essential. In smaller stables this duty is often carried out by grooms, however at large facilities there is a dedicated position for hot walkers
What You Need
This is a position that benefits from a solid ability to handle highly strung horses on the ground, a deep knowledge of horses and a head for teamwork. A Hotwalker may also be responsible for various stable duties such as grooming, medicating, etc. Racing barns work long hours and each member must contribute as a unit to accomplish their goals.
Strength of character, physical strength and the ability to think quick on your feet are characteristics of a good hot walker.
Responsible for removing tack post-workout or race and keeping the animals moving until they are fully cooled out and ready to be put away. Often this position includes basic grooming duties as well.
Removing tack & equipment
Keeping their charge moving until they are fully cooled out
Can be responsible for bathing, grooming & blanketing their charge
Can be responsible for feeding & watering once horse is ready
This position doesn’t require any formal education (although larger facilities may require a high school diploma for employment). Experience is generally the best teacher in this case and most track managers will be looking for someone who knows race horses and has worked with them in the past.
From everything we read the best way to apply for this position is to visit your local race tracks. Speaking with personnel, whether it is trainers, security staff or riders will give you an idea if anyone is looking for additional help.
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