There are a wide range of professions that can employ a stunt rider position, including everything from big Hollywood films to stunt acts to traveling shows.
What You Need
A challenging job for even the most athletic horseperson, this is a position which requires a rock hard constitution and bones made of rubber. Beyond the obvious, a stunt rider needs a solid relationship with a well-trained animal and hours upon hours of practice falling off a horse.
Above all this job requires someone who is willing to go the extra mile and remain in top physical condition while continuously learning and training with their mount. Plus the obvious must be stated, this is a dangerous job and injuries are common.
The actual job description will vary from place to place & contract to contract. Stunt riders are employed as stunt-doubles in movies, working with western stunt shows as well as traveling performing groups. Often on a contractual basis, this job has a wide variety of options.
Perhaps the main common theme among them all is an emphasis on safety, understanding the mechanics of your own & your animal’s bodies as well as their limitations. Because this is a dangerous position it’s important that each job is approached methodically with a strong emphasis on the safety of everyone (both animal and human) involved in the stunts. That said, responsibilities can be across the board, but here is an idea of some of the basics.
Remaining in top physical shape
Constant practice & training
The ability to mimic the behavior of actors
The care of animals left in their charge
Planning for & ensuring safe stunts
Choreographing & executing stunts
Consulting about potential ideas & shows
There are not any official requirements to become a stunt rider that we could find. However it will take hours and hours of tireless practice (and maybe a broken bone or two) to work in the profession. More than anything experience is probably what will matter.
Luckily there are a few places who will have more information.
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