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Jockeys may do some or all of the following

  • ride horses at races, race trials, jump outs and practice tracks
  • discuss the performance of the horses with owners and trainers
  • help to train and exercise horses
  • prepare horses for transportation
  • clean stables and equipment
  • feed and groom horses.

Jockeys need to have

  • horse-racing skills and knowledge of racing tactics
  • understanding of horse racing rules and procedures
  • knowledge of horses and their behaviour
  • skill caring for and handling horses
  • good communication and listening skills
  • good understanding of their own nutrition and exercise requirements to meet weight restrictions.

Jockeys need to be

  • self-disciplined and dedicated as they start work early in the morning and work long hours
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well under pressure.