BSc Equine Science and Welfare Management
Not many universities in Latvia offer Equine Studies courses. Wrexham Glyndwr University appealed to me because I didn’t want to be in a big city. I like nature and wanted to be somewhere a little more rural, so it seemed like the right place for me to come. Also, not all courses offered a degree, but Wrexham Glyndwr did which was important.
If the horse bug bites, it is always there. When I was younger my aunty started taking me for riding lessons and that was it, every Saturday and Sunday I was at the yard. Since then I haven’t done anything else but work with horses.
Before I started the course, I was working as a Show Jumping Groomsman in Latvia, Switzerland, Austria and Lithuania. I knew that if I wanted to progress further then I would have to get a degree and increase my knowledge. I wanted to take the next step up, so I needed to study and increase my knowledge of horses.
The course has taught me so much about horse science and has made me think differently about both myself and horses. It has opened my eyes and made me see the world the way a horse would see it, which is very different. I also enjoyed the dissections and science aspect of the course. There were also some practical elements which I really enjoyed. During our third year, we had riding lessons to prepare for the British Horse Society Stage 1 and 2 exams. We also had trips, such as to the Horse of the Year Show.
We were really lucky as the lecturers are great. They are so kind and will go out of their way to help you. When I was writing my dissertation, I was struggling but I knew that I could ask for help. The lecturers are really supportive and will always do everything they can to help you. There are so many opportunities on this course, it’s important to make the most of your time and learn everything you can. I tried not to waste any opportunity.
When I arrived, I was shy and didn’t go out much. I was struggling with the language, but with help from the university and friends I gained the confidence I needed. The support I received has taught me to open up and to be myself.
I needed some part-time work so the university helped me to get a job working in the reception. This gave me the chance to learn some new office skills which I didn’t have. These are skills which will be useful in the future as I had only ever worked with horses before. It also taught me how to communicate and talk to people. I also found a job working in the yard for the local college. Working and studying wasn’t easy, but I’m used to hard work. I was also a Peer Support, which meant helping other students with any problems they might have had.
My favourite memory of my time at Wrexham Glyndwr is my friends. I made many wonderful friends from other many countries and I really loved the time that I spent with them.
When I first came here, my plane arrived at Manchester Airport at midnight. I was there all night as I could only get a train the next morning. I arrived at Wrexham station in the pouring rain. I was tired, didn’t know where I was going but I just started walking. My suitcase was too heavy and I’d had to leave a lot of things at the airport. Luckily, the university got me a lift to the Northop campus. Someone even took me to the shops to buy pillows and plates and all the other things I’d had to leave behind. This is how kind everyone was to me.
I did think about studying business as working with horses is not easy, but my love for horses is so deep I will always work with horses and animals. I may not end up being rich, but I will be happy. I am very glad I came to Glyndwr. I’d like to be a steward in jumping competitions one day and hopefully having my degree will enable me to take the next step and progress in my career.
Discover more information about our BSc Equine Science and Welfare Management degree, or for more information about our range of courses within The School of Social and Life Sciences, please visit the school page.