Duchy College in Cornwall has launched a new foundation degree course in Equine Behaviour and Training, which aims to produce students with both an in-depth theoretical understanding of equine behaviour and hands-on experience of its practical uses in training.

The course, which covers equine psychology, anatomy, physiology and behaviour, allows students to assess behaviour and formulate training programmes taking into account innate dispositions of individual equines, as well as learned behaviours, equine perceptions and motivations.

The course will teach students how to handle, train and re-train behaviour in both young horses and remedial cases. They will learn how to work successfully with the horse’s decision-making processes and how to shape behaviour by working within the laws of nature, nurture, and science.

The students will also learn how human behaviour and thought processes can affect equine behaviour and how to adapt themselves to the individual horse, from welfare cases to top-flight competition horses.

The course is the equivalent of an HND and is a full-time two-year programme, which includes an industrial placement. Part-time study is also available for students unable to study full-time.

Students applying for the course must be at least 18-years old with A level, National Diploma or NVQ Level 3 qualifications and be able to demonstrate riding ability equivalent to Pony Club B test or BHS Stage 2. Applications from mature students will also be accepted.

Plymouth University will verify the course, with the first students starting in September. Successful candidates may apply to the Seale Hayne Faculty of Plymouth Universityfor a related top-up degree on completion of the course.

For further information, contact Duchy College (tel: 01579 372233) or e-mail: admissions@duchy.cornwall.ac.uk