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post #1 of 4 Old 07-31-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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What's the horse community like in Tennessee? (Sewanee)

I've been researching colleges recently (I'm a senior in high school) and am liking the looks of Sewanee. I'll be bringing a horse or two with me. If I'm going to spend four years somewhere, I'd like to know what it's like. I'm an endurance rider, so trails are a must. I belong to a little saddle club here in Georgia and love to have a little horse person network.

What to y'all think about the school itself? I'm going to visit this fall to see it for myself. I don't do hunters, so I'm not sure if I'll be welcome on their equestrian team. I mostly like that they have boarding available for students on campus. (Though I don't know if they have 24/7 pasture board, which is a must for one of my mares.)

I've been to TN twice and am going a third time for a CTR at Big South Fork. From what I've seen, it's pretty. Rocky, but very pretty. What's the weather like? It was cold when I was there!

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-31-2013, 09:07 PM
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I've ridden once on the Sewanee trails that are maintained by the college. Unless they were on the PC that crashed, I've got some good pics. There is one lookout where you can see Arnold Air Force Base, below, on a clear day.

That was quite a few years ago and I THINK some of the trails have been shut down because "some group" who shall remain nameless, said the horses hooves were killing rare plants

I could be wrong about that, so don't take it to the bank.

There was all levels of riding up there. The college equestrian program used to maintain the trails. There must still be a program or you wouldn't be bringing your horses???

You're on top of the Cumberland Plateau so the weather is different than down where I live. You could expect it to be cooler.

You might want to go to WeatherBug or the Weather Channel and key in the zip code for the college so you can watch what the weather does up there.

I know that I-24 in that area (Monteagle) can get nasty nasty with ice in the winter.

You're closer to Chattanooga than Nashville but being young, you're full of energy, so it would be awful if you couldn't work in one or two trips to Nashville. There's a lot to see and do but it would be best to stay the night instead of trying to drive back to Sewanee.

I've just told you everything I know Hopefully someone that lives in the Monteagle area will come in and be more helpful

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-01-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much! Crushing the rare plants? That's interesting.

I'm glad to hear the weather is a little colder than down here. I'm sick of the heat!

Nashville. Certainly going there!
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-02-2013, 12:04 PM
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I live in Tennessee, middle Tennessee, east of Nashville in the cumberland plateau. Winter is fairly mild considering its a southern state but you do have your really cold spurts. Spring is great, 60's-70's normally, this summer has been good, only a few over 90 degree days. Fall gets chilly but not horrible. Horse market is fairly good but it's mostly western broke & ridden horses where I live in TN, but Nashville, south of Nashville, in higher populated area's, there are a lot of english ridden horses. I know MTSU in Murfreesboro has a great Equine program & its a great college. I've lived here my whole life & I don't think I'll ever move out of the state.

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