Animal/Horse Trainer

Animal/horse trainers or instructors work with various animals to ready them for riders, races, shows or other specific tasks. Sometimes, these trainers are utilized to address behavioral issues. They train animals according to their observations of their disposition and actions to prevent future behavioral problems. Additionally, trainers/instructors assist horses in adapting to gear, acclimating to riding on various terrains and performing various exercises.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Analyze an animal’s disposition for possible behavioral problems and relay findings to owner or rider
  • Train to prevent future behavioral problems such as kicking, tossing or biting
  • Teach animals to perform various exercises and movements as desired from owner or rider
  • Be strongly versed in various equestrian styles and train horses accordingly
  • Acclimate horses to riding on various terrains and to boarding trailers
  • Observe animals’ nutrition and health and notify a veterinarian if needed
  • Assist in grooming and make grooming recommendations
  • Maintain stables, housing and waste management
  • Maintain the animals’ well-being including providing access to feed and water

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • biology
  • animal science
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

An associate degree in animal science or equine studies is typically required to become an animal/horse trainer. Additionally, various courses, workshops or apprenticeships may be required to specialize in a specific animal or training method.

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