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    01-26-2013, 08:06 PM
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Joining the college equestrian team?

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!
     
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    01-26-2013, 08:57 PM
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Green Broke
Yes, yes, yes. Do it. You will find friends and its great to learn something new! Plus it will be a good stress reliever when school get stressful! It doesn't matter how good you are or aren't. They need people for ALL classes, including walk only! So you cam score your team just as many points at a w/t/c rider. Go for it, worst case you hate it and quit. Better then saying I should of tried it!
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    01-26-2013, 09:10 PM
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Yearling
Okay to be honest I have to say I was really excited to see your post. I am a student at Cal Poly Pomona in the pre-vet major. Feel free to msg me if you have any questions about the school itself. =D

Anyhow, I joined the show team there when I was a freshman and found it alright. Compared to most schools the club fee is minimal and they do great work with people from no experience all the way up to tons. They have a hunt seat team and a western pleasure type team. They used to have reining but last time I checked they don't do reining anymore. The sad thing about the equestrian team is that they have TONS of people in it and so when I was a part of it I got to ride for 15 minutes twice a week because they had to make sure everyone could ride with the few horses they had. I ended up not having time between my job, my own horse and school to keep up with it and unfortunately had to quit. Now as I have more time on my hands I may be joining again next quarter or next year.

The Kellogg Arabians have nothing to do with the show team. Its like its own branch. They breed then train to sell. I liked working there for the little time I did my freshman year because I got to work with all types of arabs, from youngsters to more experienced. They have a barn riding program where you get assigned a horse to take care of for the year if you have the experience but honestly I don't know tons about that. I just helped with lunging/grooming/bathing arabians that they told me to take out.

Once again let me know if you have questions, I wish you luck. ^-^
     
    01-26-2013, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Horsesdontlie    
Okay to be honest I have to say I was really excited to see your post. I am a student at Cal Poly Pomona in the pre-vet major. Feel free to msg me if you have any questions about the school itself. =D

Anyhow, I joined the show team there when I was a freshman and found it alright. Compared to most schools the club fee is minimal and they do great work with people from no experience all the way up to tons. They have a hunt seat team and a western pleasure type team. They used to have reining but last time I checked they don't do reining anymore. The sad thing about the equestrian team is that they have TONS of people in it and so when I was a part of it I got to ride for 15 minutes twice a week because they had to make sure everyone could ride with the few horses they had. I ended up not having time between my job, my own horse and school to keep up with it and unfortunately had to quit. Now as I have more time on my hands I may be joining again next quarter or next year.

The Kellogg Arabians have nothing to do with the show team. Its like its own branch. They breed then train to sell. I liked working there for the little time I did my freshman year because I got to work with all types of arabs, from youngsters to more experienced. They have a barn riding program where you get assigned a horse to take care of for the year if you have the experience but honestly I don't know tons about that. I just helped with lunging/grooming/bathing arabians that they told me to take out.

Once again let me know if you have questions, I wish you luck. ^-^

Ohmygosh. I have so many questions! I'm pretty sure you're going to regret telling me I can ask you things.. SO sorry in advance!

Did you do the free housing in exchange for working at the barn? Do you live on campus? How are the classes (especially for the impacted pre-vet program!)? Did you find it hard to get accepted? It's a pretty competitive school from what I've read and I'm worrying about not getting in!
Also, do you think that joining the team would be a waste of my time? I live about an hour from the school and would be going home at least every weekend to ride my own horse and see the family so joining the team would basically be to meet more people and expand my knowledge. If there is no time to learn because everyone is part of the team, maybe I just won't join...
     
    01-26-2013, 09:31 PM
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Yearling
Ask away! Lol

They do have a program where there are a few people who get free housing in exchange for feeding and cleaning all the stalls. But you have to be well known by the trainers and the barn manager. Not something you can just get into as a freshman. But working with the arabs and sticking with it would be a great way to maybe set up for that later on.

I live off campus renting a room in Pomona. I used to commute from north county san diego (about and hour and a half drive)

Getting classes is....a pain. I won't lie. Then again I had to juggle commuting, a job and everything else. So I had to push my classes into only a few days a week, and it became very very hard to get the classes I needed. I pretty much finished up all of my GE and only now am really starting to get into the AVS classes and my sciences. If you four year pledge, in a sport, or join agriculture ambassadors you can get priority registration which seems to be that you can pick the exact classes you want. I've just always seemed to be on the bottom of the class food chain until now (I'm a junior). I had no problem getting accepted. I have heard it has gotten harder since I got in, but still its not as bad as some of the majors on campus!

Depends on you if its for you or not. They require that you help clean pens once to twice a week and ride at least once a week. They have multiple times where you can do these said chores and you sign up for them. They show on weekends but typically you are not required to be around on weekends. Its a great way to get to know people on campus (if you do nothing you become a loner like me...HA!) and make connections. If you have time during the week and have the desire, I say do it!
     
    01-26-2013, 10:18 PM
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Okay so if the program is hard to get into for the free housing, is it easy for me to become a commuter? They require freshmen to live on campus unless you live like 15 minutes away from the school. According to the people I talked to while on the campus tour, I'd have to petition the rule.

I'm glad you brought up the four year pledge! I heard if you do that or are part of the honors courses, you get priority for classes. But is it hard to commute every day and still finish everything in the four years?

And I'm totally okay with being a loner! Joining the team would make my mom happy, ot really something I wantd to do. I mean, I'd love to learn to jump and all but I can do that somewhere other than college.
     
    01-27-2013, 12:58 AM
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Yearling
Easy to be commuter? That's up to you, I did the long commute for two years before I couldn't take it anymore. I had to figure traffic in and give myself an extra hour just in case so I didn't miss anything. Its hard to get all of your classes into only 2-3 days. You might be able to do that your freshman year like I did, but it gets hard after that. If you don't mind driving its do able...just a pain.

Once again the question all depends on if you're willing to take classes up to 5 days a week. The four year plans you to take mostly 17 units a quarter, to finish 180 units in four years. Its a lot of work, once again that is up to you if you are good at studying and have the time for that much of a course load. I like about 13-14 units a quarter, any more and I'm pulling my hair out. But a lot of people seem to do fine at the same time...

It sucks being a loner, I don't suggest it. If you're going to be commuting you're not want to do it to be on campus for up to 8 hours not interacting with anyone. It becomes hard. I at least suggest joining the pre-vet club. That way you can know some people in the major and you get kept up to date on what you need to help prepare you for vet school.
     
    01-27-2013, 02:54 AM
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Well since I'll be paying for college myself, its either get free housing or commute. I can't afford the extra cost of housing! My parents are surprisingly willing to pay for my car's gas so... I am able to commute as long as I get the freshmen have to live on campus thing excused.

I'm fine with studying and doing a lot of work. But is it possible to fit ALL of my classes into just 2 or 3 days? Or will that make it to where I'll have to make the drive 5 times a week/ not get all the credits I need to be on track to graduate at the right time?

On the college tour the guy said that I should look into joining clubs, so I was planning on being part of the pre-vet one just to have some extra help if I needed it. Aside from that, being a loner would probably be beneficial to me while I'm on campus. That way I wouldn't have any distractions while I'm there. However, that probably won't happen since there is a computer lad with internet access... Oh well. It was a nice thought. Haha!
     
    01-27-2013, 03:08 AM
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Yearling
Yeah the price for the closet space is insane, I wouldn't suggest the dorms for anything more than social experience. They didn't require my year to dorm, so I didn't have to think about it.

Its possible, I did it for three years. Its just now that I could not longer do it as some classes are m/t/w/t in the major. But if you want to graduate sooner rather than later...I don't know. I'm on a 5-6 year plan for my BS.

Yeah the library has the 24 hour computer lab and the Agriculture building also has computers. Distractions are easy to come by your first quarter. They screen movies for free, have tons of fun activities...and stuff going on. I now can walk past almost anything without really blinking...link people handing out banana's in gorilla suits or people chasing each other pretending to be zombies...you know. ;P
     
    01-27-2013, 03:19 AM
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Well, I guess I'll just try the whole commuting thing and see how it goes. I'll be taking at least one honors course a semester so I should have a decent workload...

As for distractions... I am VERY easily distracted and tend to befriend those types of people who go out of their way to be distracting.. So who knows how well me being on a campus with some entertaining people will go.. Maybe the driving will make me grumpy and help deter possible friends. I can only hope! Haha

Thanks again for answering my questions! I'm sure I'll think of more when it gets closer to finding out if I'm accepted or not O.O I'm seriously nervous about that. But if all goes well and I get in, I will definitely be overloading you with q's!

(Oh and not to sound weird but I saw your other post about missing your horse. If you ever want to ride a slightly more than green broke draft on a trail, let me know! I have two horses and don't know anyone brave enough to ride either.)
     

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