Equine & Horse Management

If you would like to care for or work with horses, and want to combine learning equine science and business management with sound practical skills, then our Equine department can offer you the excellent facilities and expert tutors you'll need to forge a fantastic career in the industry. On our varied courses, you'll also learn about anatomy and physiology alongside topics like competition grooming.

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Why choose us?

Equine Centre

You can take advantage of tuition in riding, as well as all aspects of horse care and management, at our facilities in Mount Pleasant, which are equipped with purpose built stabling, two indoor arenas, classrooms and a student rest room. Out of class, you will have the opportunity to go on numerous visits to places of interest, including studs, veterinary centres, horse sales and competitive events. Guest speakers regularly visit the centre to give lectures and demonstrations, which complement the shows and events which are held by the College. These real life facilities will help to develop your practical horse management skills and allow you to progress into a successful career working with horses.

Progression opportunities

You will study horse husbandry and care along with science and business management units. There is also the opportunity for you to ride a range of well schooled, high-quality horses. You will take part in routine yard duties on a weekly basis. There are also great progression opportunities, as more and more universities are offering degree-level qualifications in the field, as well as British Horse Society examinations and qualifications, and job roles that look for a qualification in this area include instructors, grooms, event riders, stud farm managers, and welfare officers. The experience you gain working with such a wide variety of horses will be invaluable, whatever career path you choose to follow after College.

Equine Shows and Events

Student destinations

44% of our Animal Sciences and Equine students go straight into employment or an apprenticeship, while 37% go on to study at degree-level here at Bedford College or at colleges and universities such as Aberystwyth University, Harper Adams University and University of Exeter.

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2015-16

Equine careers

By studying an Equine and Horse Management study programme, you could undertake further training in order to progress on to the following careers...

  • Yard Manager
  • Farrier
  • Riding Instructor
  • Horse Trainer
  • Registered Veterinary Nurse
  • Equine Vet
  • Equine Dentist
  • Equine Physiotherapist
  • Exercise Rider
  • Show Manager
  • Show Judge

Read more on the Horsemart website.

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