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post #1 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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What are your plans for the next 5 years? 10?

I'm having one of those 'meh' moments, I have a lot of studying to do and I should stay ahead while I'm ahead but I just can't bring myself to do it. Maybe later.

So procrastinating aside, what are your guys' plans for the next year? Five years? Ten?

I started college this year after taking a year off, because I DIDN'T have a clue what I wanted to do. I'm currently enrolled in the associate of arts program in Psychology, but I think I have finally made up my mind and am switching my program next fall. I am keeping the focus in Psychology, but entering a nine-month social services program, so I can start working a more meaningful job with potential to segue into a career while I continue my studies. In high school I had the naive notion that I'd be happily married by twenty-five, but eh, plans change, haha.

So in the next five years I plan on finishing my social services program (certificate), continuing my studies to get a degree in a similar field while working. Horse wise I plan on completing my rider levels and once I am comfortably competing 3 - 3'3 getting my certification as coach of beginners, so I can continue to compete as an amateur for a few years. I plan on living at home (my parents support me in this decision, no I do not plan on 'free loading' ) as long as is reasonable, at least until I am finished school, and SAVING my money (as much as is possible with the money eater sitting in my field) and basically figuring myself out further and settling into myself and my future.
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 01:57 AM
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Right now? Panicking.

Things are moving very fast for me. I'd like to think the world was perfect and I could support myself istantly out of high school by training the horses (Like I already do) then going to pro rodeo and not have to go to school but there's legitimately no way.

I thought I would like to get an Equine degree but unless I want to be a vet or manage a breeding farm I see no reason to spend money on it.

I wanted to get a business degree but I'm terrified of the math. I'm scared I'll fail out.

I don't have a lot of money or anything so if i do go it will be mainly on aid/scholarships which is making me panic even more.

Oh dear. I do wonder about the next five or ten years.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Sorrel! Deep breaths, haha.
I wanted to do something Equine related, but I thought better of it when I realized the a ) hassle of the degree and b ) instability of the job.
I wanted to get a degree in Equine massage / chiropractic work, but that would encompass driving 8 hours each way once or twice a month to do 'seminars' on a dangerous high way, even worse in the winter (thus the hassle).

I still 'plan' (loosely) on doing the degree, but I decided to enrol in a program instead that has career opportunities at the end, and a good track record of fitting students / graduates in good jobs first. I figure once I am feeling a little more secure I can work on my horsey things.
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 03:48 PM
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Don't be in a hurry to get married.. A great marriage is a wonderful thing, but oh, so rare! Get the best education you can, start your savings program, & let any "mates" in your life, know what horses mean to you. If you think you must have children,make sure the spouse feels the same & you have similar goals for the marriage & the children. They should not be an "accident". I would not want to start over , but if I had to-I would certainly do things differently-by getting more education & not leaning on a man for anything. That being said-I also have to say my sister has a wonderful marriage that has lasted for over 45 years! She was one of the lucky ones-did work, & had 1 great daughter & now 2 great grand-kids.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 04:49 PM
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Well, I'm going to graduate high school and take a year off so I can turn 18 and get my work experience for college. I plan to major in breeding management in the equin science program up at Olds College and then take the Animal Health Technology diploma after I graduate from the equine science program.
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 04:56 PM
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My plans? Immediate thoughts...I have none. I have pretty well achieved what I want in life and the current state of affairs is to just keep everything running smoothly. Sure there are things that I want, but I don't neccesarily need anything else to make me happy or fulfilled. Some goals that I am working on in the meantime (no specific timeframe):

A certification in medical transcription. I don't need it, but the thought has crossed my mind...what if something happened to my husband? What if he were to be laid off? I researched some things and it seemed to be an excellent route to take, and it's fun. I actually enjoy it, and the course work gives me something to do. I can't wait until I'm done and can start doing it "for real".

Getting back to competitive trail riding. It was something that I did in my younger years and I miss it. I don't have a horse for it now, but I'm hoping in the not too distant future I will find one and can start again.

I want to show my mare in western pleasure. She's awesome, and when she was shown regularly she couldn't be beat. I never had the opportunity to show her myself but I'm working on that. I've been conditioning her and getting her in shape, I'm hoping to do this near spring (fingers crossed).

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post #7 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Oh believe me, as I've gotten a bit older relationships and eventual children have remained just as important just not right now. I can't fathom putting any relationships ahead of my horses or my education. I had to break off the start of a relationship prior to college because I KNEW it would get in the way of my studies with our schedules, I've turned into too much of a rational person for that.

Jumanji, I had actually considered the exact same program! But I didn't feel I was ready to leave home right out of high school. Another school I looked at was the University of Guelph, they have a great track record for all of their Equine programs.
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 06:23 PM
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I was originally going to go to Saskatoon to become a vet and lost interest and also I don't really have the drive to go to university at all so I chose to go to Olds since it fits my interests much more and is something I really want to do.

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post #9 of 18 Old 11-04-2012, 06:48 PM
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Mine are a little boring. In 5 yrs I'd like to have our credit cards paid off, get a barrel horse & start running again, & get the kids more involved in horses, ideally rodeo.

In 10, I'd like to have our own farm. Since it's not looking like we'll get my parents place anytime soon (thankfully they plan on living there until they pass away which is a long way off), we'll have to get our own, lol. Maybe even start a boarding barn if I get ambitious.
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-05-2012, 10:01 AM
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Hmm, in a year I'd like to buy a house where my DH and I are currently stationed, bring my horse north! (DH isn't too sure about that) And maybe have a baby....maybe, I'm not too sure about that. And get out of the Coast Guard! For sure.

Within 5 years, we will probably be stationed in the lower 48 again, so I would love to have my horse close by, get a job with animals and we will probably be raising a young family. I also know in my head it would be a good idea to finish some sort of college degree. I have a bunch of credits but nothing organized into a degree. I decided I had enough of college (I was kind of planning on going to vet school) and joined the Coast Guard. But, I don't really want to go back to school either.

Within 10, we could be stationed anywhere (well, at 5 different bases)! But I still want my horse close by, maybe horses/ponies for kids and possibly a husband horse. I want to raise my kids myself (no full time jobs where they have to be in day care for me until they are older) and be financially secure. Here's hoping!
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