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post #1 of 5 Old 09-11-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Horse and school.

I apologize if this is the wrong area to be posting this.

I have had many friends of mine who have kept their horses all throughout their school careers (post-secondary). Most of them either lived close enough to see their horses on a daily bases or alteast came down on weekends to see them and had a friend ride them during the weekday.

How do you guys handle having a horse while attending school? Is it as easy as some people make it look? Or in reality is it very difficult? If you boarded your horse, how did you manage to pay boarding fees and what not while at school?

Any insight would be helpful =)

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-11-2009, 08:07 PM
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I did it all through college.
Where I went to to school was a very horse friendly community. In the area it was really easy to find nice and inexpensive places to board. A lot of places also would let people work off board, trade chors with other borders etc.

I got lucky the 2nd year of college, I lived in a house with 4 other horse people, and we all had our horses there on the property. That way I could just feed before and after class, etc.
It can be a balancing act, but I don't think I would have kept my sanity without my horse. But college wass also very different from high school, your schedule is different, and it can be easy to fit in a ride...except around finals!

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I did and still do. It's just a matter of time management.

I did my undergrad at a uni in Massachusetts that had its own stables, which was the most convenient thing, ever, as the barn was all of five minutes away from the dorms. You're taking a lot of classes as an undergrad so you haven't tons of free time to be schlepping all over the place to ride. When I did my master's in Durham (England) she was unfortunately about half an hour away. Then when I moved to Edinburgh, she was about 15-20 minutes away, which wasn't so bad. Now she is 30-45 minutes away and it is a bloody hassle but what can you do? I still make the time.

If you can, unis in more rural areas (so very few places in the UK but loads of them in the States) will make it easier, as the chances of finding a barn near the uni increase exponentially. I remember when I was looking at colleges, thinking this was a priority, purposefully not looking at anything in big cities and especially focusing on the unis which had their own stables. These days I've just had to resign myself to a long commute.
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Right now I am boarding Duchess about 15-20min away from work. Unfortunately its in the exact opposite direction from my college. My instructor includes morning and evening feed into the board BUT she's helping me train Duchess for free so she's an angel!

Since I work 5 days a week, I've been driving over after work or i'll head over before work. With college work I'm paying for it myself and I can only afford 2 classes at a time. If I wanted anymore I'd have to go part-time at work and I wouldn't be able to afford the classes anyway! SO, 2 classes a week, both on the same day only 15min apart is a God send!
I do all of my studying after I leave the barn for the night (about 8ish).

My budget is A LOT tighter since I still have to pay for next semester even with the horse so I cut out simple things like eating out, driving anywhere unnecessary, I stay home or at the barn instead of going out.

Its much more stressful and will be even more-so come finals but I think its SOO worth it! I couldn't be happier!!

If you can keep your finances under tight control and only purchase what you NEED (not want) and you have a good savings to back up on, you should be safe.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-13-2009, 10:56 PM
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I went to school in a pretty rural area. I was an equine science major for pete's sake!

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