RAU Fossehill Farm stabling
Fossehill Farm is the home of Royal Agricultural University equine enterprise, situated in glorious Cotswold countryside and within easy reach of the main University campus. RAU Fossehill is a commercial unit providing student livery, DIY livery and polo facilities, as well as supporting the RAU with equestrian education and academic research.
Well-equipped equine centre
The stables are set out in 8 barns ranging in size from 3 to 31 stables. The barns have been designed to allow good undercover working conditions and are light and airy with 7 secure tack rooms. There are 58 paddocks fenced with electric rope; all have mains fed water troughs.
There is a 30x 60m enclosed floodlit outdoor arena with an excellent Martin Collins surface which is used by livery clients and also for clinics run by external trainers. A 990 x 5m all-weather circular exercise track and a horse walker are also available and there is excellent off-road hacking.
From mid-April until mid-September, a grass stick and ball area are available for the polo clients to practice on and for general schooling. Also available during summer months is a mown grass arena suitable for dressage and schooling.
Riders’ and grooms’ facilities include a toilet block with hot water, coin-operated washing machines and a recycling system for rubbish.
There is ample parking for cars, trailers and lorries.
DIY livery facilities
The Equestrian Centre at RAU Fossehill Farm, which opened in 2006, offers facilities for a diverse range of equine activities.
During term time The Equine Centre at Fossehill Farm houses around 50 horses, a large number of these belonging to RAU students.
Students are offered services ranging from DIY to tailor made assisted livery packages. These horses come from a variety of disciplines within the equine world, from happy hackers to eventers with the occasional point-to-point horse.
There are also permanent DIY liveries, overwintering polo ponies and the occasional weekend stay. In spring and summer, polo ponies are a welcome addition.
Scientific research and teaching
RAU Fossehill has always helped run scientific projects for both commercial companies and students. Research focuses on observational and non-invasive studies in nutrition, parasitology, behaviour and welfare. Each year, a number of students use the facilities, such as the canter track (shown below) for their final year and master’s dissertation projects and having Dr Kate Gandee on site to advise and provide horses has proved to be very useful. Students also benefit from using RAU Fossehill for practical equine lectures.
The British Horse Society rating
In January 2019, the facilities at Fossehill were inspected by The British Horse Society and judged as highly commended in five categories, commended in two and approved in one category. More details on The BHS site.
Fossehill Farm, Coates, Cirencester, GL7 6NX