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A Passion for horses helps equine student flourish

Sometimes, simply choosing to study something you have a passion for is all it takes to help you progress!

That is certainly the case with one of our students, who has thrived since joining the college.
Maggie Andrews has learned many skills on the Level 2 Horse Studies course but one of her favourite achievements in learning to canter!
With a big smile on her face, Maggie Andrews finds it easy to answer the question about what her dream job would be.
“Just working with horses”, she said.
It is clear to see that the 17-year-old feels very much at home working with horses and since joining the Level 2 Horse Studies course at Wiltshire College Salisbury, has flourished as an individual.
Maggie started on a Skills Pathway course, which enabled her to experience a variety of different vocational areas.
During this time she also had a teaching assistant to support her in every class, but since progressing onto the Level 2 has not needed any additional support other than with help in English and Maths.
From an early age, Maggie grew up around horses and has fond memories of her Grandad, who was well-known at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, and his Shire horses.
She gained a handful of certificates in stable management and animal care, during day release from school to Greatwood Riding Stables for retired horses and River Bourne Community Farm, which her lecturer said had impressed them when she applied to study the Level 2.
Maggie, who is from Shrewton, said: “I have really enjoyed this course.
“I had very little riding experience previously so I love that you get to ride as part of the course and I have become quite a confident rider.
“I particularly enjoy riding Mandy at the Grovely Stables and am thrilled that I have learned to canter.
“I also love that it is quite a small group and we all get on really well.
“This course has been great preparation for the big wide world, particularly for myself who struggled at school.
“I have overcome lots of personal barriers and for me vocational learning is a great route.
“Not being in a traditional classroom environment but working at local yards and taking part in educational visits is perfect.”
Maggie hopes to progress on the Level 3 Horse Management course and says she will be happy with whatever job she starts after college, as long as she is working with horses!
Her lecturer Cathy Pilgrim said: “Maggie is extremely reliable and has very good attendance.
“She doesn’t always find everything easy, but she is very determined to succeed!”

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