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    09-01-2012, 08:32 PM
Green Broke
Red face My time at Olds College

Just thought you guys would like to hear of some of my adventures in Olds College :)

So far it's been okay... I enrolled in the College Sucess Course.

The College Sucess Course is one week long. I had a great time doing it :) They talked about.. Well.. Being sucessful in college ahhaha ;)

We had classes from 9am to 4pm and were very helpful, informational and quite fun! Even to someone like me who is very shy! I have made lots of new friends from the Equine Science program and in different programs too.

We got to meet Marion Anderson, the lady that teaches the Equine Science and go on a tour of all the equine facilities. They stables are very nice, especially the newer stables! They even have barn cats :)

So that's the positve... Heres the negative...

They didnt have any of the school horses at the school yet... They only had the breeding mares, their 4 stallions and two geldings for the Animal Tech. Classes. We didn't even get to meet any of the horses :(

One of my biggest problems was the tack...
They told us all to bring our own saddles and they will fit a horse to your saddle... Seem backwards right??

I guess I figured since I was going to be going to college to be a professional I should have some good quality tack. So I bought a Kieffer dressage bridle :) It was $200 and beautiful! I have had my eye on this bridle for a very long time <3

I was going to take one of my saddles but I decided not to...
Because my good english saddle is too big for me and puts me in a bad postion :( and my other english saddle is in very rough shape :(

So I thought since I got a good quality bridle, why not get a good quality saddle? Or atleast something one up from the one I already have...

I was only looking at used dressage saddles from $400-$800
But then it got kinda hard because what size saddle do I get???

So we held off on getting a saddle until I could ask someone about the saddle issue... I was told the same thing... Get a saddle and they will find a horse to fit the saddle :/

So we (by we I mean the Equine Science students) Were asking questions about the program and classes and she told us we will only be riding for 5 week period and we can't ride on weekends or any other time :(

So then I thought, why get a really nice saddle if I will only be riding for 5 weeks for the entire 8 months I am going to be here? So I decided to get a cheaper saddle... They also said if my saddle didn't fit they will use one of their saddles, so I am not too worried about that.

Mom wanted to get a new saddle so I ended up getting the Vala saddle from greenhawk, it is a nice enough saddle and only $200. But now I am thinking of returning it in exchange for the Supra dressage saddle. Since I figure that I am getting a saddle why not get one that will fit my horse at home?

My good saddle back home is a Supra A/P but it is a 17.5 and I need a 16, so I decided to get the Supra Dressage saddle in a 16, because the Supra's only come in one size and that size just happens to be a great fit for my gelding.

They really didn't go into specifics with tack... They said I need a snaffle but I have to wait until I get my assigned horse or whatever to know what kind of snaffle and what size :/

We had to bring pretty much every piece of tack... Even our own halter and brush set with bathing supplies... But its too darn cold to give a horse a bath right now! Ahahha ;)

Anyway I think that's really all ahahhaa sorry for it to be soo long ;)
Thanks for reading :) Feel free to ask any questions!
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    09-09-2012, 02:32 PM
Green Broke
So heres an update!

On thursday we had are very first class! It's called Tractor Ops I think.. We learn about tractors and trucks and how to drive them :) We get to drive a tractor, a gator, a skidster, a truck with a bumber pull trailer and a gooseneck trailer! And it's all hands on training which I love!

On thursday we got to go to Spruce Meadows!! It was amazing! So much fun! We got to sit in the Skybox :) It had the most perfect view! And the weather was beautiful too. We got to watch The Masters and then we got some very delicious food ;) It was all just little things like chicken satay on a stick and little pasteries with like pork and then a greek one, with spinach and goat cheese! Then we got to go down to the arena and walk the course with one of the jumpers :) The jumps were a little above my head! LOL. Then we got to watch The Cup and get little cupcakes and cookies :) It was really fun!

Friday was our first day of full classes. We got broken up into 3 groups so we could have a smaller groups to get more hands on. I am in the group that is doing Breeding first :) We get to learn about teasing, cleaning and actual handbreeding. Also instead of books we got Modules, which are just a stack of papers that are like a book and work sheets together! I love them! It has all of the information and spaces for you to write down answers. And they are not expensive! Two of my modules were only $8 each (they werent that big) and my other one, which is a big one, was $40 :)

I have this other class that I have to buy a book for, it's like an english class, and the book is $90! And it's not even that big... But appearently I need to pass this class to pass the year :( It's kind of boring.

We had a little bump in the road as well... As I told you a bought new tack for my classes (All tack would also fit my gelding) and it's all english tack.
........ I can't use any of it!!
We were put into groups, we do 5 weeks of one subject then switch, do 5 weeks in another subject, switch, then do 5 weeks in the last sucject.
The subjects are: Handbreeding (which I am in now), Ground Training (I am in next) and Horsemanship (riding). We do all of this before christmas. I am group C so I do riding last. But for the riding the put us into English or Western. They put me in western......... I have only english tack...... And they wont switch me to english! They said to either borrow someone elses tack or I could use their tack.
I am also not that good at western, I am better at english and I wanted to ride english.

And since I have to ride western I had to get a new pair of boots... Since I am not alowed to ride in Fatbabys... Which are the boots I have... So I just found a nice pair that was on sale, they were only $45 and they are quite pretty LOL

I also have NOTHING to do on the weekends :( I tried to sleep in, but I can only stay in bed until 8 or 9 am. I walk through the barns and watch the teams do their chores.. I hope I am not bothering them by watching... I also got to see the new babys that are going to be used for the Ground Training class :) They are only weanlings! Soo cute!

We also get to do rotaional chores! I can't wait! There are 3 barns that we need to take care of. The english barn, the western barn and the breeding barn :) So what we have to do is put the horse out, feed them and clean their stalls, and clean the barn. Mine don't start until sept 28th. I can't wait to do them :)

Anyway, that's all for today :)
    09-09-2012, 03:00 PM
Green Broke
You're very lucky to have this opportunity - enjoy it to the full. I am curious about the two geldings you mentioned in your first post: I assume they have something to do with the animal tech part? Do you have any history on them?
    09-09-2012, 05:10 PM
Green Broke
Yes I am very lucky and happy to be here :)

No history sorry :( We don't get to use them. The Animal Health Technology program uses them.
    09-10-2012, 08:51 PM
Green Broke
We unfortunantly lost one of our breeding stallions :( And one other injured :( I am soo heartbroken from it :'(
    09-10-2012, 09:13 PM
Green Broke
We unfortunantly lost one of our breeding stallions. And one other injured.
I am soo heartbroken from it.

All I know is that some person or people got drunk and opened all of the stallions gates opened and they fought.

The 4 stallions and the two geldings are set up in small corrals with a shelter. Their are aisles where you walk and lead your horses to go to the arenas.

This person or people.. Locked the outside gates of the aisles and opened all of the stallions gates. They not only opened them, they chained them to stay open and also put the tires used to keep hay in, and proped them against the gates to keep them opened.

One stallion died and one was badly hurt, so bad that when they found him he couldn't get up.

I am extremly disapointed and absolutly heartbroken that this happened.
    09-10-2012, 09:33 PM
Hey neighbour! Well,distant neighbour;I'm 1/2 hr. East of Olds.
Do you know where the babies being used for the Ground Training are from? The place I used to work often sent some of their babies to the college to get halter broke as there was always more than we could handle on our own,so I was curious as to whether they're doing it again this year.
Such a shame about the studs; you really have to wonder about some people..
And that set up in regards to the english/western deal and the tack set up seems kinda silly to me..
But anyways,hope you're having fun and learning lots! :)

Oh,and I was at Spruce Meadows this weekend as well,great place!
    09-10-2012, 09:41 PM
Green Broke
Im not sure, but I can ask tomorrow :) There are 8 of them :)
And yes, soo sad :(

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