Racetrack Starter – Horse Jobs

Racetrack StarterPerhaps one of the most vital jobs in all of racing, the starting gate crew carries the burden of getting a field full of highly strung young horses into tiny spaces.

What You Need

This is a position which benefits from a deep understanding of horse (Thoroughbred in particular) behavior, physical strength/ agility and a love of the sport. This can be a dangerous job and this position may have a higher percentage of track injuries.

This is a great position for someone who wants a lot of hands on time with the animals and has a calm demeanor.

Job Description

Responsible for getting each animal safely into the starting gate stalls and quiet enough for the race to begin. They also work trainers & jockeys during practices helping train young animals to enter & break from the gate.


Calming upset animals at the gate
Guiding each animal into their gate stall
Keeping animals calm while waiting for start
Catching and re-loading early starters
Training young animals to enter & break from gate


This is a position which doesn’t require much formal education (however equine studies are always a plus). Trainers and track mangers will probably be more concerned with track experience and a knowledge of race horse temperament. Larger facilities may require a high school diploma for employment.


The best place to start looking is the tracks themselves & speaking with barn mangers. Here are some resources for finding the tracks near you.

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National Thoroughbred Racing Association
British Horseracing Authority
Australia Racecourses

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If this isn’t your dream horse job, try using the search below to find it. You can also find more horse job descriptions on our careers page.

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3 Comments on “Racetrack Starter – Horse Jobs

  1. Ahsan

    Hi !
    Myself Ahsan Ahmad, i’m from India and i have been working with horses from last seven years and continue….
    I’m damn crazy about this thing and i can do anything for horses because its my not just passion, its my dream work.. however i couldnt find yet any sponcer who can give me a CHANCE. i’m confident for my work and responsiblities.
    I look forward to hear from anyone reagard my job. i would really apreciate.
    Thanks & Regards

  2. Heather StJohn

    Heather out of west chicago calming animal is up my line been riding since 8 (now 22) i break horses keeping horses calm is the best of starting a horse and i been a dog groomer for 5 years (wanting to get out of it) i calm dogs all day. 224 800 4556

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