A Devon student is combining his love of horses and his enthusiasm for blacksmithing by pursuing a career as a farrier.
Farriery is the specialist career which combines blacksmith’s skills with veterinarian’s skills to care for horses’ feet, making it a great progression option for those interested in horse care and management.
Tom Close, 18 from Newton Abbott, completed a two year equine programme at Bicton College and is about to embark upon an Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire.
During his time at Bicton College, Tom studied an Extended Diploma in Horse Management Level 3, which has given him a solid foundation and all the qualifications needed to be accepted onto the apprenticeship.
Tom said he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Bicton College, which enhanced his enthusiasm and passion for working with horses and pursuing a career in farriery.
“I have enjoyed a lot of the course content over the last two years, specifically learning about equine anatomy and physiology as well as riding of course,” he continued.
“I have loved being a student at Bicton, it has given me more than just a qualification but also memories and friends I will never forget.”
Team Lead for Equine, Alex Robinson-Barr, said she was thrilled for Tom, adding “he is an excellent student whom we are very proud of”.
“Tom has worked very hard over the last two years in order to achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management,” she continued.
“This year we supported Tom in attending a 12 week pre-farrier course between his studies with us. He is always full of energy and ambition to improve himself and he has ensured a successful career ahead farriery world.”
Bicton College are extremely pleased for Tom and wish him every success in the future.
To find out more about the range of Equine courses available at Bicton College visit www.bicton.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.