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!