Horse Trainers prepare horses for riding, breeding, racing, work, show or competitions.

Specialisations: Horse Breaker.

You can work as a Horse Trainer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in horse racing might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Teaches horses to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addresses behavioural problems.
  • Trains horses to accept riders and pull vehicles.
  • Trains horses to perform in competitions.

All Animal Attendants and Trainers

  • $986 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Horse Trainers

  • 2,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 54 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 38% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Horse Trainers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,100 in 2011 to 2,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Horse Trainers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 54 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 38% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services55.8
Education and Training27.5
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing14.0
Other Services0.5
Other Industries2.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHorse TrainersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.031.6
VIC28.925.6
QLD19.320.0
SA6.47.0
WA11.610.8
TAS2.42.0
NT0.71.0
ACT0.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHorse TrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.9-5.05.0
20-247.1-9.39.3
25-3420.2-22.922.9
35-4421.8-22.022.0
45-5421.4-21.621.6
55-599.8-9.09.0
60-647.6-6.06.0
65 and Over9.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHorse TrainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV20.7-21.121.1
Year 1222.5-18.118.1
Year 117.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below33.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Horse Trainer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in horse racing might be helpful.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Horse Trainer.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Animal Attendants and Trainers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    62% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Psychology

    52% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. English Language

    43% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-2011.00 - Animal Trainers.

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  1. Freedom to Make Decisions

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    90% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    90% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  4. Spend Time Standing

    86% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  5. Contact With Others

    85% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-2011.00 - Animal Trainers.

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