Career Paths

Photographer: Kathy Landman
A racehorse on average, will race for four years.
Most thoroughbreds easily transition into other careers.
Thoroughbreds are mainly used for racing; however, they also participate in other disciplines (such as eventing, mounted archery, polo, and fox hunting) in addition to serving as therapy horses and lead ponies on the racetrack.
After their racing careers have ended, thoroughbred horses can become stallions or broodmares for breeding.
Photographer: Ed Sindoni

There are many potential paths for those hoping to pursue a career in the equine and racing industry. 

Some of these careers include: farm manager, veterinarian, owner, breeder, farrier, jockey, sports agent, exercise rider, hotwalker, groom, and trainer.

There are universities and colleges that offer degrees in the equine and racing industry, with programs concentrating in areas such as equine health and services, equine management and breeding, riding and training, and equine sales.

Education Blogs

As part of the Foal Patrol education blog, we are focusing on career paths of horses and people. Isaac Murphy was an African-American jockey in the 1870s-1890s and considered one of the best in American history. Below are excerpts from his biography and Hall of Fame plaque.  Isaac Murphy is g...

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Thoroughbred horses can take different paths after retirement and therapy work is one option. There are diverse therapy programs across the country that offer retired thoroughbreds a unique opportunity to maintain meaningful work after their careers in racing have ended.   Therapy work is sign...

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Godolphin takes us behind the scenes to learn more about yearling training and the breaking in process for dressage riding. Dressage, derived from the French term meaning "training", is an equestrian sport where horse and rider perform choreographed movements from memory. This breaking in and...

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