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    12-30-2011, 01:47 AM
  #11
Foal
I think you should wait until the break. Winter break will just mean more time for you to spend with him/her. If you are you with it while it is settle into the new place than it will know that you are his/hers, and it is yours. Like you said, it will just give you more time to settle yourself into college without the stress of being a horse owner on top of. You'll be able to be at the barn with it without being stressed for time, or over assignments... things like that. And create a routine for when college starts back up again.

And I think that even though you don't personally know the trainer you will be fine. They don't want to have a horse that isn't right for you anymore than you do I'm sure. And you'll be able to tell if the trainer is really there to help you or just appease you. Her attitude towards you, and her actually getting into looking the horse over will make it obvious.
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    12-30-2011, 02:36 AM
  #12
Weanling
Wait until winter break for sure! Going away to college is a new adventure in and of itself, as is being a new horse owner. Trying to do both will likely stress you out terribly and your grades may reflect it. Get used to one first, then the other and I think you'll be much happier. :)
     
    12-30-2011, 03:09 AM
  #13
Started
Definitely definitely definitely wait until you're settled into the whole college routine a little bit before you bring a horse into the equation. Owning a horse is a wonderful, beautiful thing... but they're a big responsibility. It's a little bit like having a kid to look after, which isn't the best thing when you're just spreading your wings. Give yourself a chance to become familiar with the equestrian community in the area on a low stress basis.

I'm speaking from personal experience. I'm a junior in college now. I started off in freshman year by joining the equestrian team, but I discovered that I was miserable on the team. There was way more drama than constructive horse riding, and I hated the way that some of the horses were being treated. So, sophomore year I explored a little. I quit the team and leased a mare for a little while, then met a local barn owner and started taking lessons with her. When she saw my riding competence, she invited me to come and ride any of her horses any time I liked. I've also been giving riding lessons to kids. Finally in junior year I reached the point that I felt secure in getting a horse of my own and I made it happen. I am now bringing along a mustang colt I adopted last October.

I couldn't be happier, but I'm glad I waited until I had established myself. I found the equestrian niche that I was most happy in, and that has allowed me to feel secure in knowing that my horse is well cared for and I will be able to flourish.
     
    12-30-2011, 06:10 AM
  #14
Yearling
:)...I did the same thing only I had a horse and brought him with me. For me anyway, it helped with the stress of college since I had an easy and available outlet for that stress. Plus, his turnout paddock was literally right next to my dorm so I saw him a lot even if I wasn't "at" the barn riding.

Since you don't have a horse as yet I would agree with others to wait maybe until the break and here's why. You have spoken with the trainer but other than that you don't know her and she doesn't know you. If the barn has horses available you can ride, or a lesson program, use your search time to take a lesson or two and allow the trainer to evaluate your riding. This is going to help 1. You in deciding if the trainer really knows what they are talking about and 2. Will allow the trainer to better evaluate any potential horses.
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    12-30-2011, 02:15 PM
  #15
Green Broke
DONT DO IT ! Take up smoking crack, be cheaper in the long run. It's to late for me but there is still hope for you , Run away run away !
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    12-30-2011, 02:32 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sphi    
Oh and one more thing. Does anybody have experience with owning a horse in college? Do you think it's a better idea to settle the horse in at the beginning of the year, or wait until my first winter break to give myself a chance to get used to college first? I can see pros and cons of either. What do you guys think?
I got my horse for high school graduation and planned on moving him to Charleston with me when I moved for college. I moved in the middle of August and was planning on bringing him down the first week of September.

However, I ended up moving back home for college because the school in Charleston I was going to wasn't the right fit for me. So Shamrock ended up staying where he is boarded at.

Owning a horse while being in college isn't all that hard, at least not for me. I still have time to go see him at least 3 times a week. I would imagine it'd be even easier for you if the barn is located at your school, which probably means you'll be training there and maybe competing? I would imagine that would mean you're required to go take lessons or exercise your horse and such at least a few times a week. They put that in your schedule. At least that's how it works at the equestrian colleges I looked at.

Shamrock was green broke when I got him, so he required a lot more attention and training than an already broke horse. Lucky for me, he is very easily trained and very, very sane so I didn't have a problem there. I finished my first semester of high school with 3 A's and a B+ and Shamrock has come a LONG way since I've gotten him.

Overall, it probably depends on the person and the horse as to whether it works. I know of many college aged equestrians who lease their horses while in school and even sell them.. but I find it not real hard to do both and it's quite enjoyable!
     
    01-01-2012, 03:14 PM
  #17
Weanling
Sarah, you still had some time with him at home before you moved, did you not? Many times when you're a first time horse owner and you're boarding somewhere other than home you get nervous about their care for awhile and that could distract from getting into the swing of things at school quite a bit. One thing at a time, I say, but it's up to you. I think you're smart to want to wait a bit. Good luck! :)
     
    01-01-2012, 03:22 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by 2BigReds    
Sarah, you still had some time with him at home before you moved, did you not? Many times when you're a first time horse owner and you're boarding somewhere other than home you get nervous about their care for awhile and that could distract from getting into the swing of things at school quite a bit. One thing at a time, I say, but it's up to you. I think you're smart to want to wait a bit. Good luck! :)
Oh yes, I got him in May and I moved in August, so we had the whole summer together. :P So when I moved I knew he was getting well taken care of. I had the place for him to move to Charleston all picked out though and visited it & all, but he never moved there since I moved back to Florence. He's at the barn that I've been riding/working at for 3 years now, which is where he was boarded at from the very start!

OP, I would wait until you get settled into college to get a horse instead of doing both at once. That's why Shamrock didn't get moved the same weekend that I moved, it would have been too crazy for me to start a new chapter in my life and be concerned about spending time with him as well. College is a entirely different ballpark than high school is, so give yourself time to adjust. Once you get into the swing of things, whether it be before or after Winter Break, that's when you should put a new horse into the equation. I've found that once you're all settled and have a routine, it all works out!

Good luck with horse ownership & college! Keep us updated. :)
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    01-01-2012, 05:35 PM
  #19
Foal
Thanks so much for all of your advice everyone! Waiting until the winter seems like the smartest choice. I will definitely keep you all updated, can't wait!
     
    01-01-2012, 06:28 PM
  #20
Foal
I agree with annaleah, ask lots of questions. Take the horse for a trial period to see how they'll act away from the owner and in case they where drugged or something like that, cause who are we kidding, it happens. I actually just bought my first horse today. I've leased him for about a year now. It's going to kind of be trial and error, and if the first horse you get doesn't work out, try another. Don't give up on them to fast, but if you two really can't get along, odds are you just weren't ment to have the horse and theres a better one out there for you :)
     

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