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!