Find out what Oyster workers have said in these reviews of our paid horse work programme in rural Australia: 


‘ You won’t find anything else like this in Australia. If you’re an international traveller and want a dream year abroad with horses, these are the people to make it happen. From the staff in the office, to the trainers, to the Sydney team – nothing is a problem. I loved learning how Australians do horses, you don’t necessarily expect it to be that different but it’s the small things like using rope halters, stepping down off young green horses instead of jumping, riding in stock saddles correctly and then there is so much we learned from watching mind-blowing breaking and educating clinics. This is something I have paid lots of money for before and we had so many clinics – talk about value for money! I loved it, wish I could have stayed longer at this beautiful homestead – my riding style as changed already. My job at one of the top yearling prep thoroughbred studs in Australia however is just as exciting – we’re off to the Magic Millions sales in January – a once in a lifetime experience! – THANK YOU!!!’

Nicola Date of experience: December 2022










‘Would highly recommend, everything is so well organised and they really look after you. I’m doing a programme in Australia and having an amazing time. Great to talk to the trainers and the employers before we went out as it made it real. The application process was smooth, easy and zoom calls and Whatsapp kept us on track and feeling really prepared. They helped with the visa applications, finding jobs and getting myself set up here for a while – great to have a structured start because it makes it feel less overwhelming. Felt supported by the Sydney team and can always go back if I want a city job or to do more tours with them. The training week was AMAZING…lovely people, I learned so much. I loved the cattle mustering experience, and riding sets was so good and really ‘set’ me up for my job as a polo groom – I’ve never worked with polo horses before and although this wasn’t a problem, i’m pleased i got to make my beginner mistakes here and not when employed!’

Zoe Date of experience: November 2022










‘Went with Oyster for the working holiday with horses in Australia. Was good to know about the job set up before coming as felt more settled. In Sydney loved the hostel and the team, so helpful when we had any questions and the guides on the tour were lovely. Had all the support we needed for sims. medicare etc. felt a lot more relaxed after having met a lot of people. So much packed in the horse week, I felt a lot happier heading into a job after this week. Great mix of fun and education. Very relaxed atmosphere, felt confident to ask questions, food and accommodation – amazing. Loved watching the work with breakers, so different to anything I had seen at home. Great but relaxed energy from the trainers, felt like to aided in supporting my own energy and attitude towards horses. Had an amazing time and was looked after so well, truly a five star experience. I was lucky enough to get two jobs, firstly on a very fancy racing stud where I am now, and then i’m off to exercise polo ponies – and I get paid to do it – DREAM’

Emma Date of experience: November 2022

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