Equestrian Studies

By studying a equine course at Hadlow College, you can become part of an industry which, with approximately 900,000 horses and 2 million riders in the UK, constantly needs well trained and devoted individuals to give expert care and tuition.

Our Equine Unit at Hadlow has outstanding facilities including two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena and stabling for 64 horses. As well as a complete range of show jumps, there are also cross country fences suitable for students training at Level 3 and above. There is a horse walker, high speed treadmill and an extensive range of practical teaching resources.

Facilities at the Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre include: 20 internal stables, indoor and outdoor riding arena, mechanical horse, equine therapy centre (with pool, hydro treadmill, spa and solarium), specialist classrooms / labs and treatment / demonstration areas.

There are horses ranging from school masters and ex-competition horses to youngstock, ensuring students are able to progressively develop their skills during the course

Students receive outstanding support from a team of highly qualified teaching staff with extensive and diverse experiences within the equine sector. The experience of training with excellent resources, combined with high expectations, both in lessons and during practical duties, gives every student the best opportunity to achieve. Students have exceptional opportunity to gain genuine hands on practical experience as well as ride and compete quality horses. They gain knowledge and develop their practical skills in horse husbandry, horse handling, grooming, application of tack and equipment, feeding and routine yard management. Students will also study horse behaviour and welfare, anatomy and learn how to work a horse correctly on the flat, and over fences, if the riding option is chosen.

In addition to the development of vocational skills, students will develop transferable skills such as; team work, effective communication, presentation skills and problem solving.

Students benefit from field trips to a variety of events and significant equine establishments. In the past these have included; The New Forest, Windsor Horse Show and The King’s Troop. Opportunity is also given to students to compete and help at College run using our horses.

The undertaking of vocational qualifications alongside their course are encouraged and supported such as the BHS examinations which are highly recognised by industry.

Work experience is built into all courses (including weekends and holidays) to ensure students develop the necessary employability skills that the industry requires.

Industry Links

As a BHS Where to Train Centre, Hadlow College runs examinations from BHS Stage 1 to Stage 3. Students receive excellent preparation for assessment from highly qualified, supportive staff.

Students also benefit from strong links with professional equine organisations, international event riders, the racing industry and Bell Equine Veterinary Practice.

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Yard Manager
  • Yard Manager
  • Event Organiser
  • Riding Instructor
  • Racing
  • Competition Rider
  • Therapy Centre Assistant
  • Welfare Officer
  • Equine Veterinary Nurse
  • Retail
  • Freelance Coach / Rider
  • Competition Groom
  • Equestrian Transporter
  • Freelance Practitioner
  • Nutritionist
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Charlotte Abbott

The BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation course was extremely important in securing my employment.

Charlotte Abbott
BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

The first course I studied at Hadlow College was the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, passing this course gave me the grades I required to progress onto a BSc. I applied for the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation and this led me onto the perfect path to pursue a career in the equine industry as a therapist.

Equine Biomechanics was my favourite module and due to the wide range of facilities at the College, such as the hydrotherapy units and gait analysis systems, I was able to understand the subject practically and theoretically.

My most memorable experience from the course must be when I completed my findings for my dissertation. This included a sports motion camera, which recorded footage of the horses, so that I could analyse the range of motion of both the forelimbs and hind limbs of the horse. Due to the commitment required and the success of gaining my findings, it was most memorable.

I run my own business, as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist (Abbott Equine Therapy). The BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation course was extremely important in securing my employment. I have gained FEI approval and I am also a Trainee Pet Insurance Assessor. My career highlights have been working with many different clients, vets and rehabilitation successes, which have all contributed to my FEI approval.

My advice to anyone wanting to pursue this profession is to keep going and see your training through to the end for a very rewarding career.

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