05-09-2011, 06:22 PM
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I'd take some courses, but hands on experience is best. Get on at a barn or track. There aren't very many farms around nowadays who breed and race their own horses. Most racehorses are owned through partnerships because they cost so much not only to buy but to enter in races. You need ALOT of cash to run your own barn.
It all depends on what you want to do. Trainer, groom, breeder or Jockey? Jockey is of course the most dangerous and most difficult. You would need your own agent who would help get you rides and you only make money if you win (or place), which means you need to get the good horses. Getting the good horses means you need to WIN on the not-so-good ones so that trainers & owners recognize & trust you. Many pick a track and stick to it & on the side they exercise ride and maybe ride for a particular barn.
If you want to train, you would need to take some courses and get on at a farm where you can learn from someone else. It will take many years to perfect it and get some owners to hire you. Most top end trainers that end up at the Derby & Breeders Cup are brought into the sport early and even grow up around racehorses. It's a tough sport to get in & takes ALOT of work and dedication. You'll need to travel as a trainer and be willing to work long hours.
As an owner it is of course the most expensive part. You need to buy the horse first off, hire a trainer, pay any vet bills, board, feed & farrier as well as a fee for a rider. As said, you need to pay big money to enter your horse in a race & he's not always guarenteed to win. It's not very often that someone starts off with a great winner and so you could go through alot of money & horses before anything big comes along.
Breeding takes alot of money as well but you also make more by selling foals (so long as you have good stock). THere are collage programs for this as well and depending on where you live it might be worth it to get on at a farm.
Groom would be the easiest job and would probably be worth it to start there. You can get used to handling the horses, seeing them work and get to know how things are done while getting a regular sallary. Eventually you might get to start riding the horses and get some training tips. Everyone has to start somewhere!
Id love just to work with the racehorses, unfortunantely around where I live there arent many barns and the track is only open for 6 months out of the year. But if you work hard and can get a good solid start you could very well have a chance!