Ok, so here’s the deal. Here in Iceland we have these things called Knapamerki 1-5, that are basically just horse “courses”. In some upper secondary schools you can take them and get credit for (not in mine though ) Anyway, I’ve been thinking about taking the first one, but I’m 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t know if I could handle the pressure of nearing the final exams both in my school and in this. d) I don’t really want to go. I just don’t find it very exciting or anything. I don’t 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 wouldn’t 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 don’t know…
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
"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
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!
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!