Running a stable
Introduction to running a stable
Stables are areas or enclosures where racehorses are accommodated.
A racehorse will spend some of its time in the stables and nearby area, feeding and drinking, resting, being groomed, being attended to by a vet, and so on. The stable area will usually lead into exercise areas and a larger environment for racehorses to practice racing, starting and jumping.
Jockeys will spend time in the stables getting to know their racehorse and working closely with the trainer to get the racehorse prepared for any racing.
The trainer will create schedules that carefully set out the racehorse’s diet, exercise, medicine and fitness requirements, as well as any particular training needs. For example, a racehorse might need particular reassurance about starting a race or need extra help learning how to negotiate hurdles or fences.
Owners will want to come and visit their racehorses in the stables and spend time with them. They might want to view their racehorse being worked with the trainer and jockey.
Stables are busy and exciting places, where the welfare of the racehorse is taken very seriously. They can be very expensive to design, build and operate, and it requires a special set of skills, knowledge and experience to be able to do this successfully.
The helpful handbook on how to run a training stable
Click on the button to read extracts from the ‘Running a Training Stable’ handbook. Then have a go at completing the multiple choice quiz and writing a job description for someone who works at a stable.