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Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Groom and Strapper.

Stablehands assist with maintaining and cleaning stables and handling horses.

Stablehands start work early in the morning and may be required to work on weekends and public holidays.

The work must be done in all kinds of weather.

Long hours are usually involved.


    Stablehands may perform the following tasks:

  • brush and groom, feed, handle and exercise horses, and lead them to their stables
  • check horses for lameness, common injuries, ailments and infections
  • give first aid, medication or other treatment to horses
  • clean and maintain stables and training equipment
  • accompany horses to registered race meetings, gymkhanas (horseriding events) and equestrian events
  • exercise horses during track work or equestrian activities


  • good health
  • capable of hard physical work
  • genuine interest in horses and their care

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


Stud Groom - assists in coordinating horse breeding activities, including selecting horses for mating and assisting with breeding and foaling procedures.


Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a stablehand you usually have to complete a traineeship in Racing (Stablehand).

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Racing Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Stablehands are employed in breeding, racing, trotting or riding stables, agistment (feeding) centres or farms. Some live-in jobs are available in both city and country areas. This occupation has a high turnover of staff, which results in a steady replacement demand.

To become a stablehand you do not need to be able to ride horses. With experience, and sometimes further training, a stablehand may progress to stable supervisor or manager. Some stablehands who show potential and are light in weight may become apprentice jockeys. There are also opportunities for self-employment as a horse trainer/breeder.

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