Do you enjoy horses? If so, then you might be interested in turning that love into a career that has you working with horses on a full time basis. And for a decent amount of money too.
This is one of those really unique careers that you never really hear about but where the people who do this make a good yearly salary.
As I’m sure you already know, the big money goes to the jockey. But when the jockey is not on the horse, someone else has to make sure that the horse is trained and exercised. That is where this cool career comes into play.
Basically, your job duties are to keep the horse ready for the jockey. While most of your time is spent with the horse, you also have to relay a lot of information to the jockey. Here’s an idea of some of your job duties as a horse rider and exerciser:
- prepare the horse for races
- get the horse used to galloping by walking in the gate
- gauge the responsiveness of the horse during the rides and exercises
- pay attention to the well being of the horse during your time with it
- report back to the jockey as to how the horse performs and its general well being
Basically, you are responsible for making sure that the horse is ready to perform at 100% for the jockey. It may sound a little stressful when it is put like that, but you’ll find that this is a very rewarding career choice that lets you work with animals that you love every single day.
How To Get This Job?
As someone who enjoys horses, you might be ready to start this job on Monday, right? Well, the good news is that you really do not need anything other than a high school diploma and a love of horses to qualify for this position. The bad news is that it requires around seven years of training in order to really master the required skillset that is needed to work with the horses.
Also note that if you have dreams of one day being a jockey, then this is the perfect way to get your foot in the door and start working on that career path.
How Much Does It Pay?
Like a lot of really cool jobs, this is not something that you do for the money. Sure, once you have mastered it then the pay is decent. At that point, the average salary is just under $51,000 per year. Of course, are you’re training and learning you can expect to be paid a lower annual salary. But, if you really love horses, then this is still a really cool gig. And is sure beats sitting behind a desk all day!