I'm going off to college next year(HOPEFULLY Cal Poly Pomona to be part of their pre-vet program!) and my mom and I were talking about me joining the school's eqestrian team.
Honestly, I'm worried! I ride trails once in a blue moon and use to mess around ding gymkhanas on a 12hh pony. Sure, I've ridden my share of buckers and runners but I don't 'compete' like a lot of people on the equestrian team probably do.
I really want to learn how to jump a horse correctly(my guy and I just jump knocked down barrels when we feel like it) and just expand my knowledge of the different disciplines and methods. But I don't want to be embarassed joining a team just to learn and then totally sucking. I don't want to have to defend myself "No, really, I've been riding for 10 years! It's the discipline that's new, I swear!" (Okay, so I doubt anyone would really be mean and question my riding abilities but hey, I'm a teenage girl and we're supposed to worry about what others think of us!)
Anyways, my question is, if you were starting out at a new college with an arab barn attached to it(I've never even ridden an arab!) would you bite the bullet and join the team to try and ride more and learn a new discipline?
Thanks for reading!