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Around 25 equine students gathered outside Lackham College, Wiltshire on Tuesday 12 June to protest over the axing of their courses.

A college spokesman said the decision to terminate the three equine courses was due to the high costs associated with their high running costs.

A new course — animal science and welfare — starting in September will involve elements of the previous animal care and equine programmes.

In all 11 current students are affected by the change

The spokesman said: “Equine courses will be phased out over the next 12-15 months. Existing students who are affected by the closures will be supported in completing their course by the college.”

There are also fears over the future of a Riding for the Disabled group, which uses the facilities at Lackham.

The spokesman added: “The college is currently working with the RDA to develop an action plan.”