Horse stud managers are responsible for the housing, breeding, health, training and selling of horses within a horse stable and stud system. They need to be able to use their knowledge to deal with and solve problems in a scientific manner.
Horse stud managers study records of bloodlines and the physical appearance and performance characteristics of horses to determine breeding combinations before selecting horses suitable for mating. They maintain breeding records, dietary and other statistical information. They select and arrange purchase of bloodstock, mate mares with selected stallions and assist with foaling.
They need to ensure that horses are exercised and supervise the training of horses for competitions. They inspect horses for disease, illness and injuries and secure the services of a veterinarian when necessary.
They also supervise and manage equipment, facilities, pastures and staff, as well as carry out administrative tasks such as marketing, budgeting, planning and management of physical and financial resources.
Horse managers may specialise in the study and practice of riding and horsemanship (equitation), horse handling, instructional skills and managing riding schools for people at different levels of capability. Others are involved in the management of breeding programmes.