Assists with handling of horses and maintaining and cleaning stables.
Training time 4 - 12 months
Average pay $31,333
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 2,500

What does a Stablehand do?

  • patrolling, inspecting and reporting on the condition of livestock
  • providing livestock with feed and water
  • assisting with maintaining the health and welfare of livestock
  • mustering and droving livestock to milking and shearing sheds and between paddocks to ensure sufficient feed is available
  • washing and cleaning udders, and attaching milking machines to udders and milking cows
  • collecting eggs and placing in incubators
  • herding sheep for shearing and keeping mobs separate during shearing
  • spreading fleeces on skirting tables for classing, pressing wool and branding bales
  • exercising horses by walking, riding, leading and swimming, and attending to horses at track work, barrier trials and races
  • cleaning stables and hatcheries, storing bedding and performing minor repairs on fixtures, buildings and fences


  • Horse Stud Worker
  • Track Rider

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Equine Studies
Certificate II in Racing Industry
Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)
Certificate I in Racing (Stablehand)
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