Originally Posted by Ammy
I can't really imagine myself going for four years of my life without some degree of equine interaction.
Ya, I know just what you mean. When I was looking at colleges one of the first things I checked out in the areas was their local barns. Not beinging in contact with horses for four years.... the thought of it made me feel like I was being jack-hammered to pieces.
Well, honestly, I never made it to college. I'm 20 going on 21, so it's not too late, but I didn't have the money, nor could I find a program that really compelled me. I like the more vocational route. So I skipped college and bought a horse instead. Not recomended for everyone, but it's worked well for me...but, if I had gone to college, these are the options I found...
#1 If you can afford it, take lessons from a local barn once a week.
#2 If you are as broke as I was, (I also volunteered at a local barn
for 5+ years so I could ride and work with horses for free), call local
barns in your college's area to see if anybody could use help. Alot of
small private barn are dying for free help and would probably be happy
to let you ride in exchange. And since you're not a little twelve year old
who takes like, half an hour to muck a stall, you can be an asset to
them. You actually have some experience. If it helps, get a reference
from your currant trainer. Chores tend to be greater in the winter
months (when you would be at college) It may be a little nerve racking
at first to switch barns, even if temporarily, but you can learn alot by
being under someone new and seeing things from a different
#3 some colleges offer equine programs. You could find a college where
you could either minor in something equine related or even join a
recreational riding team. See what your colleges offer!