Horse Job – Stable Hand

A red stableA position usually found in small establishments with fewer horses and employees, the duties of a stable hand can encompass those of groom, handler, stall cleaner & schooling rider. This is an entry level position, good for those who want to begin a career in the equine industry.

What You Need

This is a position which benefits from a working knowledge of horses, general maintenance skills and solid communication skills. Smaller stables often rely heavily on each employee and everyone shares responsibility for the animals.

A firm belief in teamwork, physical strength and the ability to stay calm under pressure are all key ingredients to a successful stable hand.

Job Description

Usually answers to either the barn manager or the trainer and is responsible for overall maintenance and daily running of the facility, feeding, cleaning & administering of medication.


Adhering to feeding, cleaning & supplement schedules
Holding horses for vet & farrier
Daily exercise of animals
Administering of prescribed medication & general first aid
Facility maintenance and fixes
Keeping stable area tidy, sweeping, raking & watering
Grooming & bathing of animals
Monitoring horses for health and soundness
Help with breeding and foaling
Help with problem animals


Some employers will require a high school diploma for employment, but no formal education or training really exists for this position. Potential employers will be looking for someone with horse experience who is handy enough for routine maintenance.

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368 Comments on “Horse Job – Stable Hand

  1. lucy

    I’m looking for occasional help with horses and other animals in area of Palm Beach Gardens, South Florida.

  2. Anna

    Hello everyone! My name’s Anna and I’ve been looking for a job working with horses and other animals since I moved to Gloucester, Va. I’ve had put together about 3 years experience caring for, riding and overall being around horses and farm animals, I’ve owned dogs and cats of all sizes all my life. I’m looking for an hourly paid position, which would be set by the employer of course. If you’re looking for some barn/farm help within 30 minutes of Gloucester, Va please email me at We can go over the details. Thanks. :)

  3. kayla vyse

    Hi im kayla and I was wondering if there was any think that i could do or help with your horses I have ridden since I was two and I am thirteen now I can muck out, tack up, clean, break them in, turn them out feed them and ride them I have got a lot of experience with horses and when I’m older I’m like to make my own business like yours I hope you say yes , thank you ,kayla


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