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6 Traits of Hardworking Racehorse Trainers

From sunup to sundown, it’s a labor of love for the best Quarter Horse racing trainers.

racehorse in the saddling paddock (Credit: Quarter Racing Journal)

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By Heather Rowe with Tara Matsler for the Quarter Racing Journal

Whether you’re talking about legendary racehorse trainers or up-and-comers just trying to cut their teeth in the industry, there are no shortcuts on the road to the winner’s circle. The No. 1 Quarter Horse racing training tip is there is no substitute for hard work.  

What else does it take to be a successful Quarter Horse racing trainer? 

  1. Desire. Racehorse trainers possess an inner desire flowing through their veins and intruding upon all other parts of them. It is an indescribable burning born from an innate, undeniable part inside them. 
  2. Hope. It’s the driving force that keeps the trainer moving to goal after goal, fueling the industry. It’s what keeps the trainer pushing onward through  daily tasks, ignoring fatigue and nerves.
  3. Swiss Army knife. Many up-and-coming trainers are not able to staff their barn with colt-starters, exercise riders and grooms. Instead, these positions are all filled by the lone trainer. 
  4. Oneness. Spending so much time at their barns caring for racehorses allows trainers to develop deep relationships with each of their horses. The familiarity allows them to read each other’s thoughts and moods, knowing each other’s expectations and breaking points.
  5. A good listener. The best trainers spend time listening to the horse tell them what is needed. Instead of trying to force a horse into developing into a racehorse, the horseman lets the horse become a racehorse.
  6. Analytical. When faced with disappointment, the trainer turns back to the barn with a mind full of thoughts on how to improve the next out. Even when dreams are realized, the trainer still walks toward the barn with thoughts on how to repeat the outcome.