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  • Does a high school have to take care of your horse?

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    05-31-2010, 09:11 AM

Alright, so I start highschool soon..lets just say I am a little scared And ,as some of you may know, I want a horse. So here are some ????
  • Does your horse help you get through those bad school days?
  • Is it a lot of pressure to take care of your horse and keep your grades up?
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    05-31-2010, 10:04 AM
You can also have the vet out, they will give a tranquilizer and he will drop and its easier to clean everything and the vet will do a thorough job. I would suggest that the first time, then you might feel more confident the next time by yourself.
Some horses are easy to do, some will get very agitated and kick when you try to clean him..
    05-31-2010, 06:18 PM
Green Broke
I just finished my junior year, and I don't know where I'd be without my ponies. :] I go to the barn after school every other day, so that helps me get through the day, having Sunny to look forward too. And as for the grades, I didn't have any trouble keeping them up. I maintained a 3.5 GPA, even with AP classes. You got it, girl. Don't worry!
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    05-31-2010, 06:24 PM
I am about to graduate high school and got my horse the sumer going into 8th grade. I have been able to maintain my grades fine ( with going to the barn every afternoon, rough board). You will find a balance between getting your work done and taking care of your horse. Also, yes having a horse does help you get through those stressful days-their always there to talk to

I you have anymore questions feel free to ask!
    05-31-2010, 06:31 PM
While having Gypsy throughout highschool it was very helpful emotionally, it is also stressful to have horses to take care of and homework do to. Its easier if you have a boarding facility to do atleast some of the work for you. I have had days that I had 4+ hours of homework and still had to clean stalls and stuff. It also depends on what classes your planning on taking. At my school 3-5 AP classes is average, however some people take 9 AP tests a year.

Freshman year is easy enough once you get into the flow of things, in my experiance the classes are easy enough (Geometry for math, world history etc) and AP classes weren't stressed. Sophmore year is when things pick up a little, because AP classes were more stressed, but really junior year was the hardest. Senior year the classes are the most advanced (Calculus, Government, etc) but teachers just give up trying to get us to work about half way through the year. So pretty much your first year will be easy enough and if you start with a lease (which is what I reccomend) you will be able to decide if you will be able to make it work or not.

On another note, I graduate in 2 weeks - soo excited to be done with high school :)
    05-31-2010, 08:12 PM
I graduated in '08.. got my first horse about 3 weeks after I started 9th grade. It was definitely nice having him to go ride, groom and take care of when I was having a bad day.

But, I will say, my grades would have been better without him ;)
Not that I got bad grades - mainly As and Bs, maybe a C in math a few semesters. But if I only had to worry about school work then I would have had straight As, I'm sure of it. I'm just the type of person who thinks my horses are the most important thing ever and everything else takes a back seat to them.

I'm doing the same thing in my college courses... I have a 3.5 GPA overall and a 3.0 this semester, but without horses sitting in my backyard it could've and would've been closer to 4.0 :P

You just have to stay focused and know how to manage your time effectively. Ride when you can and on days you have a lot of school work/projects/reports maybe just go groom :)
    05-31-2010, 08:41 PM
Green Broke
Horses are the best listeners, and he best medicine. I ride when I'm depressed, or I have a lot on my mind. If I didn't have Phillip, I honestly would not be alive right now.
    05-31-2010, 08:45 PM
I had horses all through out my school years.

I don't know that they really interfered with my school work, and they sure gave me something to look foward to everyday after school, and after homework was done.

I was responsible for all of the care of my horse-minus vet care. I cleaned the stall as soon as I got home, and rode after I did my homework, or atleast most of it; however, I did most of my work in studyhall all the time, so I rarely had any homework, which was nice!
    05-31-2010, 09:10 PM
I had a horse through high school and while some days he was a wonderful release and friend ... some days I was so distracted I felt like I couldn't/shouldn't be bothered. It's a hard balance sometimes. People go through a lot of changes in high school emotionally, personally and in just about every other conceivable way.

No one knows you like you :) Try leasing and see how it fits before jumping into a purchase.
    06-01-2010, 06:20 PM
Thanks everyone

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