Horse Breeder








What is a Horse Breeder?

The job of a Horse Breeder is to breed and sell horses.

They need to have a strong understanding of horses with regard to:

  • temperament (personality)
  • genetics
  • horse psychology
  • physiology and anatomy
  • nutrition
  • exercise

Becoming a good Horse Breeder takes years of training, experience and skill.

What does a Horse Breeder do?

  • manages the stables (food, cleaning etc)
  • takes care of horses health by checking them regularly
  • treats diseases and parasites where necessary
  • calls veterinarian for more serious problems
  • prepares horses for shows and auctions
  • manages specialised nutrition and training programmes
  • researches and choose the right breeding pairs
  • monitors breeding mares and foaling (births)
  • examinse baby foals
  • works out pricing of horses to be sold

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about horses?
  • caring?
  • patient?
  • dedicated?
  • a hard worker?
  • willing to work unusual hours?
  • observant?

How do I become a Horse Breeder?

It’s suggested your start your career working in a stable getting used to horses. Once you are comfortable around horses – maybe try to work alongside an experienced horse breeder to gain experience and knowledge.

You could also speed track your career by studying various equine (horse) courses:



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


There are many organisations throughout SA that dedicate themselves to a particular type of horse or horse breeding:


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Horse Trainer … or … Farrier

Is becoming a Horse Breeder the right career choice for me?