Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Between two places in Canada!
• Horses: 0
I'm going to disagree with the majority on that I didn't bring my horse to college, but I can't tell you what to do, just explain my position.
First of all, I have two horses - one that I ride and show, and one that's old and retired. My old & retired gelding didn't need the stress of losing his friend, and my flighty Arab didn't need the stress of a move.
I live 1500 miles from home.
My horses live at home and my dad is happy to care for them, free of charge.
My horse enjoyed the 8 months off. He was fat, happy, and well rested, and it didn't take me a very long time to fit him back up to what I needed him to be. Four months of the year is what we needed to be together for - any more than this and we start driving each other nuts, any less and we get little done.
University, also, is a time for you to be young. I partied my first year, but I worked really hard too, made a lot of new friends and don't remember at any point being bored or saying "look at my over abundance of free time!". I think if I had brought my horse, I would have gone to the barn every weekend and not really made many friends.
I have the opportunity to bring my horse this year but I won't be taking him. He needs his alone time and I need mine. When I come back in the summer, we both have a fresh mindset and are ready to work. We have made more progress this year then in many other years combined, I have tons of new friends at university, and my dad has his ponies to hang out with for the winter.
Whatever you decide, make sure its the right decision for you. Is it possible that you could go for a month without the horse, then bring him? Or bring him, then send him back if you change your mind?