How to become a Stablehand

Stablehands assist with maintaining and cleaning stables and handling horses.

Personal requirements of a Stablehand

  • Good health
  • Capable of hard physical work
  • Genuine interest in horses and their care

Education & Training for a Stablehand

To become a stablehand you usually have to complete a traineeship in Racing (Stablehand). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Stablehand

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.

Working conditions for a Stablehand

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.

Employment Opportunities for a Stablehand

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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