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A strapper leading a racehorse.

A strapper is a British English term, mostly used in Australia, for a person holding a position looking after racehorses. The duties range from cleaning out the stables and yards, feeding, grooming and rugging horses, plus saddling horses for track-work and races, hence the name.[1] Relevant vocational qualifications include Horse Care and Saddlery.[2]

In North America, these tasks are lumped into the general job category of "groom," though saddling may be a task assigned to more experienced grooms while stall cleaning and walking hot horses are tasks assigned to the less-experienced stablehand.[3]

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  1. ^ Peter Huntington; Jane Myers; Elizabeth Owens (2004), Horse Sense: The Guide to Horse Care in Australia and New Zealand, p. 309 
  2. ^ Kogan Page (July 2004), British Qualifications, pp. 655–657, ISBN 978-0-7494-4137-1 
  3. ^ Horse and Equine Industry Jobs