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    Hi...im in my first year of sixth form and after a conversation with some friends regarding their ideas for degree courses at universities (most of them know exactly what they want to do) i decided to check out some course lists on university websites....i still dont have many ideas on what i want to do but am beginning to think about equine psychology or equine performance studies. Im just wondering if anyone knows any universities doing these courses or any other similar courses. Also... does oxford and cambridge only do academic courses eg law, languages, medicine etc...or do they also do equine courses, because i cant seem to find any. Thanks
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    Try the Royal Agricultural College. I can't imagine Oxbridge doing it.
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    Ooh thanks. Damn...its a bit silly...they do degrees in anglo-saxon studies but they dont do courses in one of the most popular sports. Ahhh well.
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    Oxbridge don't but Oxford Brookes does some good courses:
    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/co...equine_science
    Hartpury is very good
    http://www.hartpury.ac.uk/Our-Course...ion/HE-Equine/
    Merrist Woods
    http://www.guildford.ac.uk/CourseInformation/CourseSearchResults.aspx?Command Array=SR|SubjectAreaName|%3d|Equ ine+Management||SR|IncludeHE|%3d |1||SR|Qualification|LIKE|Degree
    There are loads of places....
    Also try the horse and hound careers forum because people will probably know more about it there.
    I have a friend who wanted to do a more academic degree so I think she is doing physiotherapy and then shes going to specialise in horses.
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    If you follow http://search.ucas.com/cgi-bin/hsrun...31&word=EQUINE, you'll get a variety of different equine courses that you can study.
    It will also give the unis at which you can study, and the individual requirements!

    This is the easiest way to look at all the different courses and universities together, and then make a few more decisions from that.
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    (Original post by sabina croarkin)
    Ooh thanks. Damn...its a bit silly...they do degrees in anglo-saxon studies but they dont do courses in one of the most popular sports. Ahhh well.
    Hem hem! ASNaC is not silly! I think it's just because Oxbridge has more of a traditionally academic focus. I don't mean that in a derogatory sense - firstly, I love horse riding (when I can afford it - gotta say, I don't love the cost!), and secondly I want to do a degree that everybody thinks is useless. Don't let anything put you off! What do you want to do after your degree? Do you want to train horses, teach horse riding, ride professionally? Do you need to get a degreee, or does iteven have to be directly related to horses for you to attain your eventual goals? Could you look into applying for sports scholarships, and studying something like sport science or even veterinary medicine? I think this sounds really interesting, so keep us posted!
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    (Original post by barefootfiona)
    Hem hem! ASNaC is not silly! I think it's just because Oxbridge has more of a traditionally academic focus. I don't mean that in a derogatory sense - firstly, I love horse riding (when I can afford it - gotta say, I don't love the cost!), and secondly I want to do a degree that everybody thinks is useless. Don't let anything put you off! What do you want to do after your degree? Do you want to train horses, teach horse riding, ride professionally? Do you need to get a degreee, or does iteven have to be directly related to horses for you to attain your eventual goals? Could you look into applying for sports scholarships, and studying something like sport science or even veterinary medicine? I think this sounds really interesting, so keep us posted!
    Haha woops did i offend you? (is that your degree?) Yeah it does cost a hell of a lot, so i have to rely on my dad to pay for it every couple of weeks. Thats the problem...i dont know what i want to do after uni...i want to do something i enjoy, yet still get a good deal of money from it (im not sure whether thats actually possible) lol i would love to ride professionally but deffo dont have enough money for that. I want a degree because i want to go to uni for the social life...because i dont have one at the mo as i live in the middle of nowhere. Vetinary medicine would be my first choice IF i wasnt so incredibly sqeamish and it wasnt such a hard course to get onto. lol thanks will do.

    Now im looking for work experience which will occur in july...any ideas?
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    (Original post by harriett)
    Oxbridge don't but Oxford Brookes does some good courses:
    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/co...equine_science
    Hartpury is very good
    http://www.hartpury.ac.uk/Our-Course...ion/HE-Equine/
    Merrist Woods
    http://www.guildford.ac.uk/CourseInformation/CourseSearchResults.aspx?Command Array=SR|SubjectAreaName|%3d|Equ ine+Management||SR|IncludeHE|%3d |1||SR|Qualification|LIKE|Degree
    There are loads of places....
    Also try the horse and hound careers forum because people will probably know more about it there.
    I have a friend who wanted to do a more academic degree so I think she is doing physiotherapy and then shes going to specialise in horses.

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by PowerLewis)
    If you follow http://search.ucas.com/cgi-bin/hsrun...31&word=EQUINE, you'll get a variety of different equine courses that you can study.
    It will also give the unis at which you can study, and the individual requirements!

    This is the easiest way to look at all the different courses and universities together, and then make a few more decisions from that.
    Thank you!
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    (Original post by sabina croarkin)
    Haha woops did i offend you? (is that your degree?) Yeah it does cost a hell of a lot, so i have to rely on my dad to pay for it every couple of weeks. Thats the problem...i dont know what i want to do after uni...i want to do something i enjoy, yet still get a good deal of money from it (im not sure whether thats actually possible) lol i would love to ride professionally but deffo dont have enough money for that. I want a degree because i want to go to uni for the social life...because i dont have one at the mo as i live in the middle of nowhere. Vetinary medicine would be my first choice IF i wasnt so incredibly sqeamish and it wasnt such a hard course to get onto. lol thanks will do.

    Now im looking for work experience which will occur in july...any ideas?
    Lol no, no offence at all! Just some friendly rapport. I was going to go for ASNaC but a) it's not got a language/year aborad and b) Cambridge wanted an A*!

    I don't know where you live, but I know there's a stables near Reading which takes people for week-long work experience, with food and accomodation provided. I was thinking of doing it myself next summer.
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    Take a good look at Nottingham Trent University. They were one of the first Unis to offer equine courses and have a really good reputation. They offer 3 courses: a 2 year foundation degree in Sports Horse Management and Training and two 3 year BSc degrees, one in Equine Sports Science and one in Equine Sports Science (Equestrian Psychology) (which sounds more like what you are looking for). They have great staff, research active and also involved heavily in the industry. The facilities and accomodation are really modern and the employment stats for the university are amongst the highest in the country. There are also great opportunities to travel and increase your experience and skills with the placement year. Hope this helps.
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    It may be wise to consider what the degree will lead you to once you have graduated. I am aware of numerous people who have done BSc and MSc in equine studies/science etc. who want to work in the industry but are struggling to get a job. Ultimately some have left the industry and re-trained to do other things.
    Please don't think I'm disuading you in any way, just investigate your options carefully x
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    I know a few people at Brackenhurst (the equine campus part of Notts Trent) who really enjoy their course there. It's far enough away from Nottingham, but not so far away that you're stuck and can't go out partying, shopping etc. However, Bishop Burton and Hartpury seem to have better facilities.
    If you're after some equine work experience, why not try contacting a professional rider and asking if you could spend a few weeks with them as a working pupil? A lot of them are happy to provide accomodation for you and your horse if necessary, so it's not like you have to stay close to home either. I should be spending a fortnight (possibly longer) with an eventer during the summer, and I found that place on www.yardandgroom.com
    What ponyvet says is true though - a lot of people seem to have to go into post-graduate training (I know one planning on physiotherapy, but equally I think nutrition, EDT training etc are other options) and a lot of professional riders prefer their grooms to have more practical training than degrees/qualifications. If it's what you want to do though, don't let it put you off
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    Hey,

    I have applied this year for zoology but after working part time at a yard as a part time stable hand, i thought I really wanna do horses.

    I am thinking of going to nottingham trent as it is reasonably near me and I like what is in the course. Afterwards im going to do a veterinary physio course at harper adams. or else go into horse nutriton or horse training. The psychology sport science course looks really interesting too. The main thing that was holding me back from doing it is whether the job options would be more limited doing equine than zoology but I think you can basically get a job anywhere not equine related as well as equine related by doing postgrad study and I really want to do a course that will keep me interested and that I enjoy.

    I have heard some bad things about the work ethics and group work being difficult etc at hartpury from my riding instrutor who went there, but this is only one point of view.

    hope this helped
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    Writtle College an agricultural college in Essex do equine courses. Think the facilities are quite good and know there is talk of another new indoor school being built and hydrotherapy unit.
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    Aww you guys are soo helpful nice to know there are other friendly people out there that love horses...just thought I would update...I have sent an email to a local police station to find out more about the police because iv been thinking about the mounted police, I realise it's nigh on impossible to get into and they usually don't like people who can already ride but I'm willing to try!
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    (Original post by sabina croarkin)
    Hi...im in my first year of sixth form and after a conversation with some friends regarding their ideas for degree courses at universities (most of them know exactly what they want to do) i decided to check out some course lists on university websites....i still dont have many ideas on what i want to do but am beginning to think about equine psychology or equine performance studies. Im just wondering if anyone knows any universities doing these courses or any other similar courses. Also... does oxford and cambridge only do academic courses eg law, languages, medicine etc...or do they also do equine courses, because i cant seem to find any. Thanks
    if you're looking for somewhere in the north west, reaseheath college has a really good equine course, a few of my friends are doing it
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    (Original post by sabina croarkin)
    Now im looking for work experience which will occur in july...any ideas?
    The national stud in Newmarket/Rossdales equine hosp/NEH (yard section?) all are in Newmarket and require you to pay for food and lodgings but they are amazing!!!!
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    (Original post by sabina croarkin)
    I have sent an email to a local police station to find out more about the police because iv been thinking about the mounted police, I realise it's nigh on impossible to get into and they usually don't like people who can already ride but I'm willing to try!
    I would imagine that you would be much more successful joining the Police, becoming a good rider and then applying to the mounted branch - they're going to be reluctant investing £10,000s on your training if you have no experience and you're not a proven officer.
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    (Original post by ch0c0h01ic)
    I would imagine that you would be much more successful joining the Police, becoming a good rider and then applying to the mounted branch - they're going to be reluctant investing £10,000s on your training if you have no experience and you're not a proven officer.
    I've worked with a few ex-mounties, I think it is obligatory to spend a specified period of time working as a normal police officer before you can apply for the mounted section. I am aware that the mounted divisions are few and far between now. I know that there are mounties in Manchester and Liverpool, but no longer in Birmingham.
    Perhaps someone on here is able to enlighten us?
    Good luck in your quest x
 
 
 
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