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    04-22-2013, 10:57 PM
How to continue riding in college

Hi *waves*. I'm Shelby and I'm a senior in high school. This fall I will be going about an hour away for college and living in the dorms.
Of course riding is a huge part of my life and I want to continue it through college. However, I am also going to school for 7-8 years to become a veterinarian, which will be very expensive and time consuming. I acknowledge that, trust me.
I guess I would like any opinions, experiences or stories you have for riding through college on a college student's budget.
Right now my options are
A) Try out & earn a spot on the IHSA team of my college
B) Take lessons at a nearby barn and (hopefully) be able to work off the lessons by working at the barn
C) Sporadically take lessons when I visit home at the barn I am currently at (not ideal since I cannot work off the lessons)

So share, comment, tell me I'm crazy (I've heard it plenty), I'm just hoping to get more input on this before making a decision for sure.
Thanks in advance(:
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    04-22-2013, 11:09 PM
I'm a senior in college and I have been riding through out. My college doesn't have an IHSA team or any opportunities to ride on campus (but I think that is a great idea). However we're located in a fairly horse friendly area and I have been lucky enough to be able to keep riding.
As some one who is pre vet, I assume you will be very busy with classes, however the one thing that allowed me to keep riding was the fact that I got a job. Babysitting can be a great way to earn money with out having to work crazy hours. It is also slightly more flexible than a regular job. Working off lessons is a great idea if you can find a barn who will allow it. I hope this helps, best of luck at school!
    04-22-2013, 11:27 PM
Thanks so much!
I currently work a minimum wage job (or will be when I turn 18 in July) and will be able to kind of keep it while I'm away, as long as I work one day out of about a month I can still be employed by them. But the college I'm going to is a big city with lots of places to look for jobs, however it's a college town so there's lots of competition.
I would love to be on the equestrian team, but you have to try out so there's no guarantee of a spot, plus then you have membership fees and weekly lesson fees and it just sounds really complicated.
We'll see though!
    04-22-2013, 11:34 PM
Oh wow, I didn't realize that, that does sound complicated. Have you looked into barns in the area? It might be that a close barn would be a better deal than the on campus team.
    04-23-2013, 12:26 AM
I stopped ranching when I finally committed to go to college. I had three kids, and we all thought we'd go crazy without our horse time.

I found a teacher in town who needed some chores done and she and her husband paid me with an older mare, including board while I was in college. It was fantastic all around! The physical work was a great break from the academic focus/hideously intensive book time, and the mare was just lovely to have. I'd by putting on a corrugated tin roof, the girls would be taking turns riding "Blackie" bareback in the corral or nearby, and they would be also taking turns quizzing me on the Kreb's cycle (from notecards) or the origin/insertion/actions of muscles! I always got the last ride!

Another student in my class got her horse time by taking dressage and jumpers out for low key walks, with occasional trotting. She wasn't allowed to school, exercise, etc. Just give them some decompression time outside the arena. It worked well for her.

Good luck and invite us to a virtual graduation!
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    04-25-2013, 12:05 AM
Thanks for the input! (:
Yes, I'm not exactly sure how the equestrian team works but since there's no explanation on the site, that's what I've heard from word of mouth.
I'm definitely thinking about posting a craigslist ad once I'm moved/settled in and seeing what comes from that. Hopefully it'll work out.

Thanks so much! My last day is May 22 and I can't wait!
    04-25-2013, 12:33 AM
Call up the IHSA team and see if you can go visit. Get a tour of facilities and talk to members of the team.
    04-25-2013, 01:15 AM
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I think there are more options than people think.

I had a horse through most of university, although for about a year or so I didn't. My first university was in a city so that was a little trickier, but my second university was in a more rural region which was cheaper to keep horses. Universities in Australia don't really have riding teams.

However, owning a horse or university sports isn't your only option. Often people are willing to part lease, or even let you ride their horse for free. At my regional university I just volunteered at the Pony Club before I had my own, and I was offered a horse to ride for free whenever I wanted. When I bought my own horse the same people offered me free agistment. If some kid were to come up to me and say, "hey, I've just started uni and really want to ride but can't afford my own horse" I'd probably let them ride mine for free.

I know you're living in the dorms, but that likely won't be forever (or maybe it will, you guys do things differently over there). I had to move out of my house recently and I was pretty desperate for a place and nowhere in town was very dog friendly, and then I found a room about 50 mins out of the city reasonable rent, dog friendly and I can keep my horse there for $10 extra a week! When you put in twice daily travel to rug horse, its not even any extra travel.

I'm just saying, keep your eye out, your mind open, and you might find lots of opportunities to ride. Get involved in the community, not so much the university community, but the place you live in. Get to know people and all of a sudden opportunities arise.
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    04-25-2013, 10:49 AM
I might just do that, affored. I can't remember if there's a phone number on the website but I'll look again- the site is pretty sparse, not a lot of information on there.

Thanks so much Saskia. I know I will not be purchasing a horse anytime soon, but I think you are right in that there are more opportunities than it seems. I'm a member of Michigan horse groups on FB so that should be helpful to connect and possibly find something that will work for everyone.

Another limitation that I forgot to mention is that the university doesn't allow first year students to have cars so I'm a little limited in transportation- I'm bringing a bike, but in the winter that doesn't allow for traveling much off campus. There's a bus system but I'm not familiar with it and where it goes. Sigh, college is complicated.
    04-25-2013, 11:11 AM
It might seem that way now, but after a couple weeks, you'll be an old pro!

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