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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

    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
Other employees of a training stable:
    • Night/Day Watchman
      • responsible for watching the horses in the barn
        • water, health, safety, etc.
    • Assistants
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