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        12-10-2008, 05:54 PM
    To go or not?

    Ok, so hereís the deal. Here in Iceland we have these things called Knapamerki 1-5, that are basically just horse ďcoursesĒ. In some upper secondary schools you can take them and get credit for (not in mine though ) Anyway, Iíve been thinking about taking the first one, but Iím just not sure about it. My main reasons are
    a) I would probably be older than everyone else. The first step is usually taken by people a year or two younger than me. And I consider myself a mature girl. I find myself more comfortable with people older than me. That was one of the reasons I graduated a year early, I just donít fit in anymore with people my age.
    b) I would only have had my horse with me for a month. She has not been ridden for almost a year. I donít think she will be fit enough for it, and I myself will be a bit rusty.
    c) My school requires a lot of time, so I donít know if I could handle the pressure of nearing the final exams both in my school and in this.
    d) I donít really want to go. I just donít find it very exciting or anything. I donít want to take exams on the horse.

    But there are reasons to go. I don't know how much I would learn since I was doing this all last year ( I took a look at the agenda).
    And it wouldnít cost anything since the city grants every kid under 18 40 000 isk (570 bucks on a normal exchange rate) to use for their hobby (have to buy some kind of course, or training expenses or something like that). I just donít knowÖ

    Any input?
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        12-10-2008, 06:04 PM
    Maybe you can use that money for something that better suites your needs and liking? I think the reason that it might conflict with your studies is enough to not do it.
        12-10-2008, 09:22 PM
    Why are you even considering it if you don't want to do it?
        12-11-2008, 09:57 AM
    Because this as I said comes from the equine collage here, and is pretty much standard for young horsepeople to do..

    + This is really the only thing horse related that I could do here with that money..
    But, yeah, I don't think I'm going to go
        12-11-2008, 01:00 PM
    I wouldn't take a course because that's what's popular in your area for other youth your age. If it's a course that you feel you can use to further your education, then by any means do it.
        12-12-2008, 12:05 PM
    Sounds like you have already talked yourself out of it
    With your study load I don't blame you a bit.
    Personally if it was something I could gain a bit of horsey knowledge and it
    Was free, I would go. I would consider it something I was doing for my horse (if its something she will gain from too) and for myself. The age related thing wouldn't be a factor.
    I'm a sucker for anything free though
        12-12-2008, 09:09 PM
    If you think it'll be easy, it probably won't require much studying, which means it won't take as much time out of your schedule. Will you learn anything from the higher levels? Will these courses help you later in life (your career or past time?) The longer you put it off the bigger the difference in age!
        12-12-2008, 09:15 PM
    Yeah I know! The main reasons as to why I'm thinking about it is that if I want to go to them later on I will always have to start at nr.1 and that it's either this or working alone..

    But honestly my horse is just not up too it. I found out today that it starts earlier than I thought. It'll have to wait

    But thanks everyone
        12-12-2008, 11:08 PM
    One of my favorite classes in college was called Draft Horse Basics. I had not had much of a chance to work with drafts before so I took the opportunity. It also filled a credit that I needed for graduation. The class was a lot of fun, we got to drive the horses every week as well as learning the harness parts and lots of other stuff. The class had some students that were several years younger than me, one girl in particular drove me nuts! There were also people that didn't know anything about horses. I just kept my mouth shut and commented only when I was asked. I ended up really enjoying the class. If you decide to go and have an open mind you may have fun!

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