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Job Prospects Openings 5 years to November 2018: 5,001 to 10,000
Salary Range Median weekly earnings: <$900 to Source: Australian Government Department of Employment 2014
Brief DO you love horses? DO you wake up every morning thinking and dreaming about horses? If you answered yes to the above questions, then a career as a stablehand could be for you.

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A stablehand cares for the individual needs of horses in relation to feeding, grooming, exercising and transporting. Hours of work include early morning starts and weekends.

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Education Requirements

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

Training is usually both on and off the job. Off-the-job training is provided by TAFE SA through the Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) and Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand).

SA Apprenticeships are available in this occupation for further information go to the Traineeship & Apprenticeship Services Website at or phone the Freecall number 1800 673 097.


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Nature of the Job

The stablehand is responsible for contributing to a safe, clean and hygienic environment. The stablehand works under the direction of a trainer or stable supervisor but is also able to act autonomously in certain situations. Tasks include brushing, grooming, feeding, handling and exercising of horses along with a range of other tasks which will vary from one stable to another. These will include cleaning and maintenance of stables and training equipment and may include accompanying horses to race meetings and other events in which the horses are involved.

Typical Physical Working Environment

Stable hands will generally be working in stables on studs, farms etc. Much of their work is carried out very early in the morning and they also work on weekends and public holidays.

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