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post #1 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Talk for College-Aged People

Okay, so I've been thinking about starting one of these for a long time, mostly because the "mature adults" have a thread, the 20 somethings have a thread, the teens have a thread, but what about those in-between?

Plus, I think there's problems unique to our age. Moving out, going to college, finding a full-time job for some, and transitioning from kid to adult. And, of course, making time for the horses.

So, here's with introductions:

I'm Corazon (well, on here...hehe that's not my real name), I'm 19, and a second year student at one of the community colleges in Iowa. I'm studying journalism and will be transferring to Iowa State next fall. Hopefully I'm taking my horse with me. I tried to go to a private college right out of high school but wasn't mentally or emotionally ready to move out. Anyone else been there? I still feel really stupid because I just couldn't "do it" on the day of move-in. So I went to the cc and now I think it's time. Excited but nervous!

So, what's up guys?

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post #2 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 08:29 PM
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I'm Dixie, and I'm 22. I'm about to graduate with my bachelors degree in Health Sciences from the University in the town where I graduated from high school. (I guess technically I fit into the 20 somethings, but not all 20 somethings are in college, so I felt that I fit in here too) I want to be a physical therapist someday, and my ultimate dream goal is to use horses for therapy. I'm actually writing my research paper on that this semester. I'm one of those weirdos who is graduating from college in less than 4 years because I'm a nerd.

I moved out before I graduated from high school and I've been supporting myself since then. I work full time in a hospital as a lab tech (aka blood sucker) and have been in class full time. Horses are the only reason I haven't lost my mind. I'd rather be riding than sleeping...

I started riding when I was 8 and took lessons up til 3 years ago where I started leasing a horse. I've grown a lot the past year or so, learning as much as I can about horses. The woman who I took lessons from and leased from let me start working with one of her greener horses, and in a few short months, I learned SO MUCH. I learned how to ground drive and this past week I even learned how to drive a single buggy!

A week ago, I finally bought my first horse. She's a 9 year old quarter horse, and her name is Lakota. She's an awesome horse and I'm so excited about the bond we've been building. I can't wait to see where we go in the future. Hopefully we'll be riding competitive trails next summer.
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post #3 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 09:20 PM
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I'm Shana and I'm 21 and I'm currently working full time as an administrative assistant in the corporate office of a home health care company =] I took a couple years of college courses and am taking a break right now so now my boyfriend can finish school, and I can go back once we can afford it.

I've been doing show jumping for 5 years and I finally got my first horse 8 months ago =D His name is Image "Just Imagine", and he's my little grey Arabian baby. He used to do barrel racing, and I trained him to jump. We're currently taking a break to do some bit training, but it's such a wonderful journey =]
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post #4 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by DixieKate View Post
I guess technically I fit into the 20 somethings, but not all 20 somethings are in college...
And there's another problem/stereotype: not everyone in college is a 20-something. Though I am "in college" now (working on a PhD part-time while maintaining my consulting work) I didn't even get a BS until I was 30-something.
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post #5 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 10:42 PM
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Howdy! My name is Casey. I am 20 and am majoring in Radiology. I am a first year in my community college. I work 2 jobs (sometimes 3) and I have a big Appaloosa named Kelo. He is registered and he is a leopard varnish. He is a buddy sour rotten western riding horse that will also jump sometimes. His buddy sourness reached my peak the other day when he was acting like a tard while being tied, then bucked out of no where and kicked me in the chest..... yeah. Nice one. Hopefully by spring I will have another horse in my her and Kelo will be delighted. I am slowly warming my boyfriend up to riding again since he got bucked off a draft cross the summer before last. (He actually rode for the first time since then last week.) :) Fancy to meet ya'll.
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post #6 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 10:52 PM
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Finally one that includes me. I’m 19 years old and in college. I going Part time for Vet Tech, I just decided to go part-time as I’m looking at getting my own place with my boyfriend. I work part time as a cashier at Tractor Supplies and might start looking for another job, since getting our own place. I own an Appaloosa horse who seems to be my dream horse, I bought her a year ago Easter. I have trained and broke horse for years, showed 4h and worked with rescued horses. Now, I just trail ride and wanting to start barrel racing again. My confidence was shot for a while but my horse Sassie had helped me get back to where I was. I also have two dogs plus my dad has a Tennessee Walker, but when I moved the dogs will most likely stay with my father. I’m planning on having to take a break with school after next year.

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post #7 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 10:58 PM
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Hey, I'm Caiti, 22 years old. I'm a forth year college student with sadly only enough units to barely be a junior. I attend Cal Poly Pomona and am studying Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet. I am unsure if I am going to graduate school to get my DVM or not. I have a lot of trouble with school in general and deciding to add another 5-6 years on top of the 5-6 I'm going to do for my BS seem more than daunting. So I am seriously considering becoming a paramedic instead after I get my BS. I have a passion for the medical field, but sitting in a class room is not working for me.

I used to commute to school (about 1.5 hours away) because I had an excellent job working for the San Diego Humane Society, but I just can't do it anymore, so I just put a deposit down on a room today so I can move up closer to school. Which is scary as I have never lived with housemates before.

I own a 24 year old retired pinto mutt named Jake. He is leaving in a week to go to my fathers to be retired out to pasture for the rest of his life. He has ringbone that prohibits anything other than very quiet riding. So I do ride him every now and then, but mostly just trail riding, and meandering around bareback. We have been through h*ll and back together but are pretty close now. We used to compete in barrel racing and even branched out into english to try and do jumpers but it never got too far before his ringbone set in.
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post #8 of 60 Old 12-02-2012, 11:44 PM
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Hello! I'm Bridgertrot! Obviously not my real name though. I'm 21 and at a State University majoring in Equine Science with a business minor. I'm not working but I am just starting up an internship at the National Western Stock Show. It's my 4th year at school but I probably have 1 or 1.5 years left only because I'm slightly behind because I switched majors. Kind of ready to be done but at the same time not wanting to venture into the job world either! Ha.
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post #9 of 60 Old 12-03-2012, 01:49 PM
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So when are your finals everyone and what classes are you taking?

I just finished my first final for my Meat Science class, feeling like I did pretty good on it. Then I have an Animal Diseases final in three hours, which I am trying to write notes for now. We get one sheet of paper, its crazy trying to fit all the info needed onto it!

Then on Wednesday I have a final for my Microbiology class (actually loved this class) and then lastly my Microbiology Lab final. Then I'll be done for a month! So thrilled to be out of classes.
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post #10 of 60 Old 12-03-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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I have only two finals in my five classes. I have a health test I think on Thursday, a government test Friday, my journalism final on Monday, and my Ethics final on Monday. Oh, and we don't have a final for group communications, so it's all good. :)

I'll be done for a month too! YAY! :)

Next semester, I'm taking news writing and reporting, creative writing, public speaking, and math for liberal arts. What about you guys?

Oh, I also write for the school newspaper, and I just want to say that I feel pretty cool because I did this story on our new vending machines on campus and I got to talk with someone out in Cali who got a conference for me with our franchisee. What makes you guys feel that way?

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