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Career Opportunities. Horse Racing. Click mouse button for next slide. A Visit to Santa Anita Racetrack. A Special “Thank You”. to Darrell Vienna of Silver Fox Farms. Groom Is responsible for 2 – 4 horses In the morning (4:00 am): removes leg wraps takes horse’s temperature

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Career opportunities

Career Opportunities

Horse Racing

Click mouse button for next slide

A special thank you
A Special “Thank You”

to Darrell Vienna of Silver Fox Farms

  • Groom

    • Is responsible for 2 – 4 horses

    • In the morning (4:00 am):

      • removes leg wraps

      • takes horse’s temperature

      • checks for any problems

    • tacks up the horse for morning workout

    • gets the horse back after it is walked

    • mucks out stall twice a day

    • feeds horse three times a day according to directions

  • Hot Walker

    • Walks each horse after a workout until cool

    • About 45 minutes per horse

    • Match horse’s personality to walker’s

    • Provides fresh water in a clean bucket for each horse

  • Exercise Rider

    • checks the workout schedule in the morning

    • gets horse already tacked up

    • takes horse through the workout

      • walk or jog

      • light gallop (1/8 mile in more than 15 seconds)

      • gallop (1/8 mile in 14 – 15 seconds)

      • work (1/8 mile in 13 seconds or less)

    • hands horse over to Hot Walker and gets another

    • can ride as many as 16 horses a morning

  • How can I become an exercise rider?

    • a background in formal show training

    • English riding (hunter/jumper) preferably

    • ability to adapt to the trainer’s style

    • control the horse by technique not force

  • Assistant Trainer

    • has taken the “Trainer’s Test” thus can legally do anything the trainer does

    • can use his/her judgment to lower the level of work but not raise it

    • is accountable for his/her decisions

    • arranges the workout “sets”

      • times, riders, grooms, walkers, etc.

    • enters the horse in the race

    • contracts the jockeys

    • keeps veterinary records (esp. medications)

  • Trainer

    • Is the legally responsible party

    • stalls at the racetrack are free but trainer must run horses in races

      • horse owners pay for care & feeding, labor, insurance, etc. (~$120/day at Silver Fox)

    • sets workout schedule for each horse

    • determines what races a horse will run in

  • Jockey

    • starts at a young age

    • usually has little education

    • represented by an agent

    • earns a fixed fee of about $100 per ride

    • in Stakes races – earns 10% if 1st, 2nd, or 3rd

    • agent gets 25% usually

    • weight very important especially in “handicapped” races

Race track employees
Race Track Employees

  • Board of Stewards

    • enforce rules and settle disputes

  • Horse Identifier

    • keeps a notebook of all horses running that day

      • horse name, color markings, lip tattoo, hair swirls

    • determines that it is the correct horse

  • Track Veterinarian

    • tracks medications given to horses

    • pulls pre and post race samples (blood and urine)

    • checks each horse before the race for soundness

    • carries a euthanasia kit in case of an accident

      The veterinarian or the jockey can pull a horse from a race if the horse is not right (lame, crashes into the gate, etc.)

The day of the race
The Day of the Race

Horse entered in a race is quarantined


4 yr. old dark bay gelding by Valid Expectations - Rayofsunshine

entered in the 6th race