Horse trainers work primarily in outdoor settings to feed, groom, and train horses. They are expected to perform training such as under-saddle or ground work and clean barn stalls, pastures, or/and round pens, and must also evaluate horses in terms of adaptability and behavioral/medical issues.
Horse trainers must report various behavioral and medical issues to owners or directly to veterinarians and must work well with farriers (craftsmen) who trim and shoe horses' hooves. They should also be able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment.
A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and horse trainers must have in-depth (if not lifelong) experience in training and caring for horses. Some employers require horse trainers to live on the farm or in proximity to where horses are being housed, and flexibility is often necessary in this position to travel to attend horse shows or work on a rotating basis. Horse trainers may attend relevant training classes or workshops, and some may also train new horse trainers.