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post #1 of 13 Old 07-17-2010, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to be going to college in two years. I've recently started looking for my first horse this summer. The school I want to go to has tons of stables nearby(I guess it helps that it's a school with a equine science major! LOL). How many of you have horses in college? How does it work out for you? Do you find it hard to deal with a horse and college? Do you do all your own chores or do you have the stable do it for you? Any advice would be great. I'd like to know beforehand before I get into any real serious horse shopping because it seems a lot of horses are being sold because their owners are going to college.

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-17-2010, 12:59 PM
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I know of a private liberal arts college in Albion MI that has a beautiful facility for one's beloved equines. They do the work you spend time as studies allow. I think the boarding price is 500, it is real nice relatively new lots of arenas lots of trail etc..
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I don't have one right now but I had one last year. For me it depends on situation, when they're close by and not exam period its usually fine, depending on the degree. I'm an Arts student so I have all the time in the world, but I live with an environmental science student and he's at uni 9 - 5 all week.

I've always done my own taking care of a horse. I've never understood why people own horses if they are going to pay someone else to take care of them, its a "shallow". Its definitely do-able, but in my experience most first years don't have time for a horse. Its just drink, drink, drink every other night, most couldn't be bothered with anything else.

Horses are great but the uni experience is something you'll only have once. If I were you I'd leave my horse at home if you can for the first semester. By then you should be somewhat over the partying and you can evaluate what you want.
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i dont own my own horse but i go to college and ride 3-4 times a week and work at the barn 3+ days a week to pay off lessons and such. it gets very hectic..just make sure your grades come 1st.
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I don't have one right now but I had one last year. For me it depends on situation, when they're close by and not exam period its usually fine, depending on the degree. I'm an Arts student so I have all the time in the world, but I live with an environmental science student and he's at uni 9 - 5 all week.

I've always done my own taking care of a horse. I've never understood why people own horses if they are going to pay someone else to take care of them, its a "shallow". Its definitely do-able, but in my experience most first years don't have time for a horse. Its just drink, drink, drink every other night, most couldn't be bothered with anything else.

Horses are great but the uni experience is something you'll only have once. If I were you I'd leave my horse at home if you can for the first semester. By then you should be somewhat over the partying and you can evaluate what you want.
Yeah....I'm not the partying type.

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Yeah....I'm not the partying type.
That's what they all say.
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I don't drink. Ever. And I STILL have a hard time making time for my horse. I currently lease one and ride another for someone, but my horse only gets trail ridden. I can not count the times I wished I waited to buy a horse until after college. Even if you don't party, they are expensive and you often don't have enough time for them to put in the riding you (or at least I) normally do. By all means keep riding, but personally, if youre at an equine school, there are probably plenty of horses for you to ride.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-18-2010, 12:03 AM
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Take some advice from an ol lady, wait on owning that horse till later, You will only go to college (probably) for four years and make them the best you can. Lease beg or borrow to get rid of the ride itch but college can be the most fun time of your life!! i am glad I went and glad I did not have the added responsibility and expense of a horse. I am now 49 and have 4, There's still a lot of time u are soooo young. (I had them up until just about college age)
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That's what they all say.
No, I'm pretty serious. I barely hang out with my friends now. The last time I was to a party that wasn't school related had to be 6th grade or so. I'm a wet blanket.

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-18-2010, 02:43 PM
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No, I'm pretty serious. I barely hang out with my friends now. The last time I was to a party that wasn't school related had to be 6th grade or so. I'm a wet blanket.
I believe you, but you're what, 15, 16? Things change. I was living with this girl at the beginning of the year, a first year. Anyway she was a "good" girl. She had friends from school but didn't do much "after hours", studied everyday, called her mum every other day, went home on weekends to help around the house. Then she turned 18 (legal drinking age here) and then every weekend she'd be literally rolling around on the floor drunk, handing in essays late, having loads of people over.

If you are going to go to a college and live on campus, well its like your whole world changes. Most people grow up in a controlled environment, and college is like the opposite, loads of people just going crazy on freedom for a while. It settles but its hard. Even if you don't drink, you're going to want to spend some time making friends and getting into your subjects. You don't want a horse holding you down straight away.

You could lease a horse now and give it back at college. Or if you really wanted to buy a horse you could buy it, lease it out when you go to college, and if you decide you have the time take it back. Just, college is expensive and important, you don't want to screw it up, its easy to say it will be fine now, but its different to what you think. Its not always a walk in the park. Test out the waters before you jump in head first.

What are you planning on studying? What degree you do strongly impacts the amount of "spare time" you have.
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