So you may argue that stallion handling isn’t a particular job. Perhaps that’s the case but despite being a rather narrow job description, there are definitely people in the Thoroughbred industry (and I’m sure other horse areas) that are known for that particular role.
Don’t get me wrong, they do so much more than solely handling a stallion or stallions but there are specific people for specific stallions when it comes to breeding on Thoroughbred studs.
A largely male dominated field, I’ve worked with one very capable female stallion handler and know of a couple of others.
Consequently, I was surprised and interested to see a stallion management course on offer at the National Centre for Equine Education, Victoria, Australia.
“This program is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and professionalism of stallion managers, and to develop the skills of stallion handlers for career pathway promotion opportunities. Participants will be required to study under the guidance of Stallion Manager Mentors.”
What a great idea! Especially for the minority females eager to get into this area of the Thoroughbred industry – or any other breed for that matter. Put together specifically to further the knowledge and training of people involved with the breeding of racehorses, perhaps it’ll become something that many use to get their foot in the door.
Expressions of interest are being invited by the NCEE for this part time one year course that focuses on management of the stallion.
“You can tell a gelding, you can ask a mare, but you must discuss it with a stallion.”