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Equine (Horse Care)

Our Equine Studies Programmes are structured to support students that seek to develop their knowledge and understanding of equine study. The facilities at Rural Campus are equipped to support student learning in all areas, both vocational and academic. Our lecturing team consists of industry experts, each with a range of specialized knowledge in all things equine. Therefore we can assure our students that all interests in the subject field will be covered within our syllabus. From business studies to sports coaching, we are ready for it all.

Learner leading a horse out of the stables

Build your career in
Equine Studies

The UK can boast a vibrant equine industry with sporting successes at Olympic, World, and European levels in show jumping, eventing, and dressage. There is a wide range of careers or continued studies within Higher Education for which our courses can help prepare learners to engage.

Learners studying at Rural Equine are well prepared to progress towards both employment and further study in areas such as; competition grooms, saddlers, coaches, nutritionists, and many other equine-related careers. Study programs start at level 1, allowing students to consolidate their knowledge and skills. Our Level 3 students will gain the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of subjects including health, rehabilitation & therapy, feeding and behaviour, and welfare.

Horse & rider
A learner jumping a white horse


The students on our Equine Studies programmes have access to our facilities including indoor and outdoor all weather riding arenas. We have a wide range of horses stabled at our facility, enabling students to learn while gaining valuable ‘hands on’ experiences with their day to day care.

Book an Open Event and come visit us!

Come and visit us on one of our college Open Events, where you can find out more about our courses, check out our facilities and speak to current learners and staff.

Horse & rider

Take a tour of our stunning environments

Tour our Stables

The equine yard is purpose built with 23 stables for student training and education, with facilities including a wash bay, solarium, and a variety of feeding and watering systems simulating industry standards.

A photo of the stables at Suffolk Rural

Help & Support

Moving from school to college can be something of a culture shock. But at Suffolk New College we’ve created a supportive, social environment where you can easily get access to the help and advice you need, make new friends and get the most out of your time with us.

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Industry Mentors

Our Industry Mentors support a cohort of students throughout their course by providing a vital close industry link, delivering lectures and supporting assessments while also being a source of career information and guidance.

A group of equine learners on horses being give instructions

Looking to earn while you learn?

On an apprenticeship you’re employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification – usually for one day a week at College.

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