Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
To add on what andisofia7 (I might know you? Lol) said..
I also couldn't stand how the horses were used. They were not thought of at all when they built the campus. I do not agree in the least bit that those horses are stuck in stalls 24-26hrs/day..not to mention those that they don't use for classes that are stuck in there with no turn-out. A half hour turn out is not enough for a horse, IMO.
Oh, you're also expected to feed/water/clean stalls if the power goes out too. I refused when I was there. I am NOT going to go into a horse's stall in the dark and poke around, I won't even do it with my own mare. They preach about safety, but some of those horses there are dangerous, and I'd much rather be allowed to tie them up outside as opposed to tip-toeing around in the stall trying to keep from being kicked or bitten.
If you board the horse out of the program, you can ride it in one of your daily riding classes and that's it. You can turn-out on the weekends, but you can't get on your horse. The horse has to always have a bit in (snaffle only) to be ridden, no sidepulls or hacks allowed. There is a boarding barn about 10-15mins from the school if you want to actually be able to ride your horse.
And yeah..I'll be ****ed if I can't hit a horse for biting/kicking at me. I've always whacked for biting and I've been known to kick a horse back if I'm close enough or hit it with whatever is available.
I do miss Elvis and PeToo though..PeToo was the only stall I actually cleaned because I sat in the stall with her and scratched all her itchy spots, I felt so bad for her being on stall rest for months on end.
But basically, their theory is that you don't have to touch a horse to get it to do as you want on the ground, which is complete BS, in my opinion.
And the people are definitely stuck up and egotistical..I mean, -I- have an ego and they were all worse than me!
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