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Jockeys train and ride thoroughbred horses in professional competitions. They exercise the horses by galloping and working them throughout the day. Along with the horse's owner and trainer, the jockey prepares his or her horse for competition by working to improve the horse's specific racing strengths and, if possible, rid the horse of its weaknesses. In quarter horse and obstacle racing, the horses are guided by riders. Drivers sit in special carts in harness racing, using the reins to steer their horses to victory. There are approximately 1,500 professional jockeys employed in the United States.