Thanks for telling me your experiences LadyDreamer.
I will not be going into the Equine program for my field of study. I'm going to be an english major so no worries there :) I will be on the riding team if I get on and have my horse "on the side" and do eventing with her.
I am still waiting to hear back from another college so I can't formally accept their offerings yet but I am 99% sure I'm going there. I will get my housing app in as soon as I'm 100% sure.
Congratulations on having such excellent choices. I of course am biased toward a Kansas university. My niece just graduated from KU I love Lawrence and Manhattan, both very friendly, typical college towns.
It may come down to whether you prefer the big campus college experience or a smaller one. There is a lot to be said for the smaller schools.
Most colleges treat the riding team like a sport and an extracurricular. I know with PSU basketball you have to be enrolled in the class- but the class is practices and games/meets, you even get credit for it.
Well the classes are fit to the skill level of the rider. You will take a riding placement test, either during an Equine Overnight event, or within the first few days of class(Mandatory for all riders). Regardless of your level, you still need to ride and practice to maintain your level. Even if you get put in, say, the intermediate class, the coach will match you to the horses best suited for your level. I would almost put my money on you having to take a riding class, at least in your first semester and/or year. Without them, you still have to go through practices which are the same thing as the class. I didn't really listen as well as I could have when Coach explained it, because I wasn't returning, but I think the school took on the cost of showing with the teams, by making a riding class mandatory to be on them. I will ask my friends still there though.
Here are a few photos.
The western barn.
Inside the western barn during a class.
I think this is Neuman and Simba, two of the western side horses. Neuman was retired this past spring. Simba is kind of a crab.