I am planning on attending WVU in the fall as a sophomore and I want to join their equestrian team as well as take my own horse to continue riding him. I've emailed the coach/barn owner and all went well except for the turnout times. (My horse is typically field boarded, so is not used to being in a stall for more than 8 hours at a time during the night before a show) She told me that the horses get turned out during stall cleaning, and that I could pay for extra turnout or do it myself. I emailed her back with my questions, but in the meantime I was hoping to get some feedback from you guys.
I competed on an IEA team back in high school, but my horse was not ready for that level of riding. I do remember, however, that the school horses and personal horses rarely got turned out. When they did, it was usually in tiny, gravel paddocks. I am afraid that my horse would suffer the same fate :( I know that would make him very unhappy and will determine whether I end up bringing him to college with me. If anyone has any experience with WVU's team, or any other schools, please, let me know!