Equine Management

If you want to turn your passion into your dream career, then studying Equine at Merrist Wood is a great place to start!

Our courses have a strong vocational emphasis, providing commercial awareness and practical competence for a range of equine careers.

It’s not all about just riding, our courses have a strong vocational emphasis, providing all commercial awareness and practical competence you’ll need for a wide range of equine careers.

In our fully equipped classrooms, you’ll learn about horsemanship, business, management and the practical aspects of equine studies as well as learning about managing and maintaining an equine establishment. Not only that, but our facilities are extensive too. Our fantastic equine centre is a British Horse Society Highly Commended Establishment and includes resources such as an indoor equine arena which has one of the largest indoor surfaces in the South East holding regular dressage, show jumping and showing events, an outdoor floodlit warm up arena and cross-country courses. Not forgetting our modern, purpose-built yard which also comes complete with stabling for over 40 horses!

A riding pathway will develop your riding on the flat and over fences, within our excellent riding facilities. Additionally, you will build your experience riding a wide range of horses from school masters to more advanced.

Our expert staff have extensive knowledge and experience of the equine industry and as part of your course you will get the opportunity to take part in exciting trips and visits as well as being able to complete valuable work experience within the industry. We maintain close links with industry including Wellington Riding, Laris Farm Equestrian Centre, Cowdray Polo Academy, and the British Horse Society.

On our courses, you will learn about:

  • Animal anatomy and biology
  • Horse fitness
  • Horse behaviour and welfare
  • Riding and exercising horses
  • Stable and yard management
  • Horse nutrition

We are licenced by Guildford Brough Council. Licence Number AWRL080 Licensee Ruth Orrell-Harris for Activate Learning at Merrist Wood College.

We have achieved the highest possible rating (5 Stars) for a Licenced Animal Activity 2022.

We are a BHS Highly Commended Establishment 2022.

If you have a passion for all things equestrian, a career in the equine industry is a rewarding and satisfying option which could take you all over the world.

While requiring dedication and hard work, it can be an interesting and exciting way to earn a living for horse lovers. Generating £4.7 billion of consumer spending across a wide range of goods and services each year, the equine sector is big business. With equine businesses as varied as riding schools, livery yards, welfare charities, training yards and racing schools, your dream career could be just around the corner!

Jobs are diverse in this exciting and dynamic sector. Our past students have found jobs such as riding instructors, competition grooms, equine product sales managers, racing grooms and work riders, after qualifying with us. And if you progress on to an HE course, you could find a career in Equine nutrition, rehabilitation or dentistry.

Industry partnerships

Erin, Equine Management Level 3 From riding to learning about all the different types of tack to learning about the mobility of the horse. You learn about every little factor which helps you decide which one you want to further in if you carry on to do higher education.
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