Horse Stud Manager

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.

Personal Requirements

  • love animals, especially horses
  • placid temperament and calm way of working with horses
  • ability to get along well with other people in many different work situations
  • ability to organise and manage
  • punctual and accurate
  • enjoy working outdoors
  • physically fit and strong

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

What to Study

Diploma: Equine Science - TUT


  • private horse breeders
  • commercial stables
  • self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start own stud farm

Further Information

Racing Association
144 Turf Club Street
Turffontein, 2190
Tel: (011) 683-3220

Getting Started

  • read up as much as possible about horses
  • try to get a holiday job on a stud farm
  • speak to a horse stud manager about this career

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