08-03-2013, 01:28 PM
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Welcome to the board! :)
Alright, a few things to think about:
- what are your plans for the horse when you do attend university? Generally speaking depending on the program you're in, you will have time to ride at least casually. Are you going to stay close to home or are you wanting to travel to go to school? There's no wrong answer here, just things to consider. If you are looking at selling the horse before going to school, you want to ensure that you give yourself the best chance possible of at least making your (or your parents') money back.
- There are "all around" horses which are, as they say, jack of all trades and master of none. Again, absolutely nothing wrong with that at all, you just want to look at horses that are capable of doing everything - so breeds that are versatile (Morgan, Arabian, QH, TB) are going to perhaps be more appealing to you than say a Warmblood bred for a specific discipline. My first mare was like that - we would clean up at local shows doing both western and english disciplines. Of course we wouldn't have done well competing on a large scale against horses bred for a certain event, for instance we did well at western pleasure in smaller local shows but wouldn't have held a candle to a QH in a breed event, but it was fun! She also topped out jumping at about 4'6". My point is, as long as you don't have a goal of competing at higher levels, you can get an all around horse. *Disclaimer* Having said all of that, even if you get a "specialized" horse, there's nothing stopping you from throwing on another saddle and having fun. My friend did a WP class with her dressage WB gelding - it was a ton of fun! But they didn't place well (at all?) shocker I know.