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post #1 of 16 Old 06-25-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to be a Junior this year in school and I have to start looking for colleges to go to. And I saw a thread that got me thinking...

I do not own a horse nor will I be getting one anytime before or during College. My fear is this: I am afriad of losing the one thing I have a true passion for. I am scared I will have to put off riding while I am in school then Life is going to catch me with a house, a husband, a career, kids, cars, broken down clothes dryers, bills, medical issues......and so on......to the point where I completely lose the inner cowgirl in me and forget about my dreams.

Horses and riding are the only thing where I feel I have made any major acomplishments in my life (not saying this is the only place I have made them). Riding has made me the person I am today. I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE WHAT HORSES HAVE GIVEN ME!

How can I stay involved with horses through college?

Thank you fro responding and helping me.
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-25-2010, 03:43 PM
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If you plan on a career in horses, it'll be much easier, because you'll be in Equine Studies in college. I'd find a college with ES, riding courses included; they are out there. In CA, Santa Rosa Junior College & Cal Poly, then there's Meredith Manor back east, & the new horse college in MT.
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I'm not sure what you'd like to do with horses, but here are some possible ideas that will keep you around them...Better then no horses:)

Volunteer at a therapeutic Riding Center, 4-H club, Pony Club, etc.

Get a part time job at a riding Center/Work off Lessons

....?
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Im Thinking of going into an agricultural field...undecided on specifics, after that maybe farrier school, and there is Black Hawk College really close to where I live. But they only offer Bachelors and my parents don't want me to be a "farmer"

They don't understand my obsession with horses.
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Get a part time job at a riding Center/Work off Lessons
I've thought of doing something like that, problem being finding a stable that will hire, but I am better than a bloodhound sniffing out a criminals trail when it comes to finding something with horses. I can smell them a mile away.
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Im Thinking of going into an agricultural field...undecided on specifics, after that maybe farrier school, and there is Black Hawk College really close to where I live. But they only offer Bachelors and my parents don't want me to be a "farmer"

They don't understand my obsession with horses.
Why is going to a place to get a bachelors a problem? If you are not going to community college the first step to any further higher education is a four year degree. You can always go somewhere else if you want to go further than a bachelors.

With regards to your parents, if at all possible, do not pick your area of study or future career based on what they want for you. It is your life - choose what you want to do, even if your parents do not understand.

If they are paying your way, thus limiting your choices due to what they will help pay for, then you are more limited. Either start earning as much money as possible to try to pay your own way, or really research what you want to do and start selling the idea to them so they will buy in financially.

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I'm an Equine student and have a horse.
He's a youngster so does use up a lot of my time.
I'm going to university in September to study Equine Science, and he's coming with me :)
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Well, as for my parents, it is unspoken, but they clearly want me to go to a four year school to be a lawyer or a teacher or some other job where they think my intelligence wouldn't be wasted or.

I have no problem going to a four year school, but I have tried to make them understand it takes an intelligent person to be in Agriculture. And they have said multiple times they will not pay for me to go to school for a job with horses unless it is part time (what I told them my fairrer career would be so they would at least agree to that).

And they are down my neck about the place on the map of my school. They are wanting me to go to school where concrete surrounds me in a radius of a minimum of 2 miles, To be sure that I am not picking my school based on the fact that there are several stables nearby.
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Well, as for my parents, it is unspoken, but they clearly want me to go to a four year school to be a lawyer or a teacher or some other job where they think my intelligence wouldn't be wasted or.

I have no problem going to a four year school, but I have tried to make them understand it takes an intelligent person to be in Agriculture. And they have said multiple times they will not pay for me to go to school for a job with horses unless it is part time (what I told them my fairrer career would be so they would at least agree to that).

And they are down my neck about the place on the map of my school. They are wanting me to go to school where concrete surrounds me in a radius of a minimum of 2 miles, To be sure that I am not picking my school based on the fact that there are several stables nearby.
Tough position to be in, but I guess if they're writing the checks....

Too bad you can't see eye to eye, because I'm sure they just want what is best for you, it is unfortunate they do not see your areas of passion as best.

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yes, Its unfortunate, and I know they are trying to do whats best
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