No experience with horses but interested in breaking into the Thoroughbred or Harness Racing Industry? The Gippsland Harness Training Centre offers training in a hands on environment to all ages and backgrounds, opening doors to a career in the equine industry.
Practical skills are covered in numerous areas:
– handling horses safely; horse first aid
– dental care for horses; temperatures and respiratory rates
– vital signs; mixing feed rations
– horse massage (Equissage); hoof care
– IM injections; drenching
– tacking up; participation in race meetings
– grooming / skin diseases
There is a centre in which you can study or if you are employed in the industry, workplace delivery may be possible.
There is the chance to complete Certificate II and III in Racing (Stablehand) focused on Thoroughbred and Harness; Certificate III in Racing (Owner Trainer) for Harness; Certificate IV in Racing (Thoroughbred Owner Trainer); Certificate IV in Racing (Harness Training) and Certificate IV in Racing (Advanced Harness Driver).
Whether you want to drive harness horses, train either breed of racehorse or be a knowledgeable stablehand, it may be worth checking out www.ecg.vic.edu.au. Online learning and part time also available. You set the pace of your learning. For those with concession, courses are less than 20% of those paying full fees.
“A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.”