Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I work in standardbred racing. I've done it full time for the last....about 6 years. I fell into it by accident actually. It's not something I ever thought I'd get into, but I'm glad I did. I have learned so much about health care and lameness and about management in general. I also fell in love with the sport of racing - it has given me a lot of experiences I never would have had otherwise, such as travel. Not to mention that it has provided a decent living for my family as well. There are negetive aspects to it as well, don't get me wrong, I can go into them if you want.
If you want to get into racing, I say go for it! It's not as hard as you may think. Do you have a local racetrack? Even if you want to go with the thoroughbred racing, check out a standardbred track if there is one nearby. Approach different trainers and ask if you can muck stalls in exchange for learning the game. You may even get paid! abother idea is to post an add in a tack shop at a track or feed store frequented by trainers. I know the standardbred industry has a youth placement program as well. I'll get you a link if you would like. Start small, work up. I started out mucking stalls and feeding. Within 6 months I was rubbing horses at the races and 6 months after that started jogging and training. If you are dedicated you can climb the ladder pretty fast.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork