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It's been said (by many) that, 'if you work in something you love, you'll never work a day in your life,' and if what you love are horses, there are endless options available to start your dream career. If you are looking for a career in something equestrian related, there's also a tonne of ways to get your foot in the door. Qualifications range from foundation degrees (FdA, FdSc), HNDs to BSc (Hons) and BA (Hons). Courses are available in Equine Anatomy, Equestrian Performance, Equine Science, Equine Business Management, Equine Sports Therapy and many more! Here's the 'hack' of the best courses to start an equestrian career, and the colleges that provide them.
This can fall under a few subject areas. Equine science in general is designed to prepare students with a scientific background in order to work practically with horses. The types of courses available are: BSc (Hons) Equine Science, BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Sports Performance and Foundation Degree Equine Physical Therapies and Rehabilitation. Full-time courses are available at institutions such as Reaseheath College, Hadlow College and Derby College.
Equine Business Management
This type of course is for students who wish to apply theory and practice while hoping to specialise within the equine industry. Types of areas learnt include: Equine Marketing, Finance and Event Management. Courses are available at Hartpury College which incorporates placement opportunities, and Warickshire College Group which offers great BA (Hons) degree level courses. Another option is doing a mixed course that applies both Science and Business. The Royal Agricultural University offers a BSc (Hons) in Applied Equine Science and Business, providing you with a grounding in the scientific and business skills essential to the current equine industry.
If you’re looking to get into horse care, there are plenty of shorter courses available as well as Diplomas and Apprenticeships. Places such as Bishop Burton College, KEITS and Reaseheath College are all examples of places that offer this scheme. If you have commitments that don't allow for fulltime study, or just want to work at your own speed, there are also options available to do this kind of course online. For example Lingfield Equine Distance Learning offers a professional distance learning course as well at The British Horse Society who offer a variety of training courses.
Interested in specialising in Equine Sports? Courses on this specialism include: Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Equine Sports performance. Plumpton College, Nottingham Trent University, Writtle College, and Hadlow College (Greenwich) all provide training and qualifications in this.
With all of these qualifications, there are many paths you can take and areas you can specialise in further. Looking to see what kind of jobs there are out in the equestrian world? Check out our Equestrian Careers guide for 15 of the best equestrian jobs.