I'm taking a gap year before I go to university because quite frankly my brain needs a rest before I enter the education system for the next round and I have been debating over what I want to do during my gap year. I've already decided against doing one of those placements because quite frankly the amount it would cost is more than I could raise for a lump sum then to add in flights, visas and insurance I would be looking at £2000 at least. I've applied for BSc Equine Sports Science/Performance at three universities, BSc Equine Science and Management (Physiology) at one (I have an interview for this place next month) and a FdSc in Sporthorse Management and Training at another university so obviously I want to spend the year gaining more experience with horses. I have thought of a few options which I am mulling over:
Option one- I go abroad to work on a yard for the year and gain experience working on a busy yard as well as living in a foreign country. This would be within the EU as I wouldn't have to worry about a visa then unless the UK pulled out or the country I choose pulled out of the EU.
Option two- I stay at home, go full time in my job (this would be a few extra shifts a week) and buy a project to bring on and get as far in showing as I can with the idea of selling it before I go to university, not to make money as I know I would still making a loss but I would have a nice lump sum to take with me. The other variation on this option is to loan one of my friend's mares once they've foaled and bring it on then send it back before I go to university. This would work out nicely for both of us.
Option three- I remain in the UK, buy a more experienced horse earlier (by this I mean during study leave which would save around 2 months), find a yard in England that lets you bring your own horse as well as accomadation and a wage and do a variation on option one and gain competition experience. This isn't impossible, I have done a bit of looking into this and found several yards advertising for working students with my wanted requirements.
Obviously with option three the problem of what to do with the horse when I go to university crops up again but at the same time this would be more in line with what I'm going to do at university. With option one I lack confidence in my own skills and when I look at some of them, even the ones with less requirements, I still have doubts in myself. Option two is the least worrying as I have done bringing on before and if I go in with resale as the outcome then I am not going to be crushed if I can't take it with me.
This is just bounce ideas off people or gain some new ideas and just to see if I sound half crazy. It's quite hard to bring this up at home because although my mum is happy I love everything to do with horses she isn't happy I want to work with them because as she says I will always be poor and I think she is disappointed I didn't choose pyschology instead but I just can't do it as it hits close to home and I don't want to have a career where I hear more stories like I've already heard or experienced myself.
So thoughts? Feel free to tell me I'm insane, trust me you won't be the first.