Writtle University College (WUC) has invested £1.5million in new equine facilities designed to enhance the teaching of courses and the experience for students.
Work is well underway on the exciting development at the Cow Watering Campus, which brings all the equine facilities onto one site.
A new, additional therapy barn for the teaching of Veterinary Physiotherapy and Equine Sports Therapy courses is already in use, with both therapy barns now equipped with smart screens to aid teaching. A new oval horsewalker enables horses to be exercised in a controlled way and without the constant need for turning in a circle.
A new stabling and hay barn, as well as a multi-purpose building - which includes foaling boxes, covering and teasing facilities, plus a viewing gallery - is under construction. New DIY stables, which include individual outside pens, are almost complete.
There will be a new small indoor school, youngstock housing, stallion pens and an indoor practical area including stocks. There will also be an office and multi-purpose building.
The facilities will be used in the teaching of the University College’s degrees, postgraduate courses, college-level courses, apprenticeships and short courses in equine subjects. The development is on-track to be completed by Spring 2018.
Caroline Flanagan, who heads up the Higher Education equine courses at Writtle University College, said: “Bringing all of our equine facilities onto one site represents a really positive move for our courses here at WUC and the new facility is hugely important to us.
“To complement our extensive yard full of riding horses, being able to give our students the opportunity to work with young, naïve horses at the Stud hugely enhances their learning and our ability to demonstrate initial behavioural responses to everyday management and training practices.
“Many students come to us with knowledge of ridden horses but watching stallions cover the dummy mare, or sitting-up for foaling duties, is always exciting for these students and enables us to encourage them to consider every aspect of what is a very exciting industry to work within.
“Our work with World Horse Welfare has also helped us to enable students to be hands-on with the education of young horses and many students are justly proud of the progress ‘their’ horses make.”
To find out more about Writtle University College's equine courses, visit writtle.ac.uk/courses
Images caption: Aerial image of the work at the Cow Watering Campus taken in October 2017