By HRI Foreign Staff — Horses are one of the most majestic and amazing animals on this planet. In terms of equestrian, there are many types of horse-riding sports. One of the most popular around the globe is horse racing. Have you always been fascinated by horseracing, and would like to know more about what it takes to become a real-life jockey? Well, you have come to the right place.
Doing any sport of equestrian requires riding experience. Let’s assume you already have this, and now want to try something in sports that include horses. As a jockey you will need a competitive mind, and be prepared to use strength as well as concentration, and be ready for a very fast-paced sport. It’s not something that happens overnight, and you will need lots of practice and training. You will have to know a lot about horses, the races and much more. You will also need the right equipment with time, breeches, saddles, and a lot of other things.
What duties to expect as a jockey
As a jockey you will attend several competitions and events, where you will be racing. This means regular training when you’re not competing. Your training will include being able to analyze your competitors (horses and jockeys) so you know what you’re up against. A lot of self-evaluation with your private trainers is also what you can expect. Watching videos of your performance to know where to improve next time is standard. Maintenance of your jockey equipment is also essential. This means both yours and the equipment for the horse.
We have explained a bit about what to expect from being a jockey, but it’s important to know it’s hard work. Experienced jockeys know a lot about both breeds, horse breeding, training, and stable work. As a jockey you must be fit and quite athletic, as it is a physical sport.
There are several ways to become a jockey. The best way is to look for a trainer, who can teach you the skills. Becoming a jockey does not happen fast though, so be prepared for it to take time, if not years. A jockey trainer can be found in several places, but you might need to do a bit of searching. There are also jockey schools, where you can get skills as well.
Even though we have explained quite a bit about the profession, this might be easier to read through, when considering your new career.
1. Be comfortable at riding horses. If you don’t have experience yet with horse riding, you should first learn it first, before the next step
2. Do proper research about what it takes to become a jockey
3. Find a jockey trainer, do an internship or attend a jockey school
4. Beginner races – this is so you learn how races operate
5. Step into the real competing jockey world.