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Equine (Horse Care)

Our Equine Studies Programmes are designed to support students that seek to develop their understanding and knowledge in all areas of equine study. The equine facilities located at The Rural Campus are well equipped to support students learning in areas both vocational and academic. The lecturing team consists of a mixture of industry experts with specialized knowledge ranging from business studies to sports coaching.

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 level in showjumping, eventing and dressage. There are 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/or further study in areas such as ; competition grooms, saddlers, coaches, nutritionists and many other equine related careers. Study programmes start at level 2 allowing students to consolidate their knowledge and skills while  Level 3 students will gain the opportunity to develop an 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 that enable students to actively learn while gaining valuable ‘hands on’ experiences with their day to day care.

Book a Taster Event and come visit us!

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

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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.

Two learners sitting in the learning curve reading books.

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, as well as 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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