Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
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.
Last edited by Eolith; 12-30-2011 at 03:12 AM.