Alice Carter

BSc Equine Science graduate and current MSc Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training student

“I knew I wanted to study for a degree but I didn’t know which path to choose. I thought about what I really wanted to do with my life and asked myself, what was I really passionate about? The answer was horses! I never realised I could make a career out of my passion and Sparsholt was my first port of call.

The BSc (Hons) Equine Science course content was amazing – I really like biology so the Equine Anatomy and Physiology units looked great. I was also keen to learn more about the equine industry. It looked like my dream course, and it was the best decision I have ever made.

I found University Centre Sparsholt to be much more intimate than other larger universities and the individual tutor support was amazing – they really get to know you and your project. The lectures are interesting and involving, and the Equine Centre is a great facility as you can use the horses and arenas for your research project which is ideal and so convenient.


I am currently studying for my Master’s degree as I enjoyed the BSc undergraduate degree so much and wanted to carry on with my research. I looked at comparisons of abdominal muscle contraction patterns in the horse rider during walk and trot using surface electromyography (SEMG) sensors. I love working with technology to study biomechanics and getting hard numbers! I hope to do my postgraduate research into the effects of an unmounted rider core training programme on rider position and equine stride length using the SEMG system and Quintic video analysis.

I feel the degree and MSc hold me in good stead for any future opportunities in my areas of interest, and my eyes have been opened to fields of research I never knew about before.”

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