Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa
Im a University of Findlay alum :) you will LOVE it there. I was in the western program.. and the biggest thing that killed me was the first 2-4 weeks. They actually teach you how to clean stalls. You'd be suprised at how many people had NEVER cleaned a stall before. BORING!
The program is incredibly expensive... but well worth it. What are you studying .. other than english riding of course? Equine business management? Repro? Etc?
They have a world renowned pre vet program. I participated in that also. I am not a vet today :) was a biologist for a number of years instead and now Im just doing the horse thing. More my style. I live about 30 minutes from Findlay now. Let me know if you have any questions. You'll be blown away by the facility! If you have time visit the western barn also. It is across town.
I will be doing the equestrian studies program, where there is the more training focus. I actually meant to apply to the equine business management program and when I applied to the school I didn't realize it, and got the letter back and apparently I had applied to the english/equestrian studies instead :P but the more I researched it after recieving my letter the more I actually liked the equestrian studies more, and might just minor in business if I find I'll have time and it would come in handy! That's actually what the BO that I work for said to do.
I also plan on riding there, and actually have a few questions about that.
I saw the list of equipment you need, silly question, but..
#1: Do you need all of it the first year? If I do end up liking the college when I visit and end up deciding to go there, I want to start getting stuff as early as possible.
Question #2: I saw online and (thoroughly read) about the program. It says there is riding instruction 5 days a week. Does that mean that I will be riding every day? Or is that just saying that in general they have instruction 5 days a week?
Question #3: Do you have any free time? Or days off? To just like relax and do whatever, or are you with horses/at the barn 24/7? Not that I would do anything to get out of working with the horses lol but it would be nice to have an off day every now and then.
Question #4: I think I read this somewhere, but correct me if I'm wrong. Do you ever get time to ride like during your free time? Obviously with permission if it's the school's horse.
Question #5: What are the teams like? How often do the teams show?
(sorry one more question!)
Question #6: Do you have to try out for the team and is there a chance that you won't get picked to be on the team? Or do they have try-outs just to see where you would be placed for instruction (i.e. Beginner, int. Adv.)? Before college do you have to send in a video of yourself riding, or is that only if you plan on bringing your own horse?
Question #7: What is the job rate like after graduation? I plan on starting out small and build up to a nice facility of my own someday!
So that pretty much covers the questions I have for now, sorry I had seven haha, I'm just so curious to hear more about the school and the program :)
Thanks for your input!! I can't wait to visit the college!