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    11-02-2008, 12:29 AM
  #11
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It is not too far. My roommate is from NH, and I just recently met a girl who is tranferring in January who is from CT. We have girls from ALL over! There are girls from CA, and I saw license plates from OR and MT....

Plus you are in KY. The campus is surrounded by horse farms. You are 20 minutes from Keenland, 30 from the Red Mile, pretty darn close to the horse park. There are internships for almost anything. You are not pigeon holed by a dicipline. The coaches are all nice and helpful.

But I will agree you are a bit far. And it is ALWAYS best to check out your campus and meet people before you solidify your decision.
     
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    11-02-2008, 08:55 AM
  #12
Foal
Exactly. I mentioned it to my dad last night and he gave me a look that clearly said, 'you're not going to Kentucky... at all.' Which isn't to say I won't go in the future, just not now ;]

Anyways. I feel much more confident, thanks a bunch to you cool cats. And I have a lesson today so I am crazy excited, hee.
     
    11-03-2008, 01:16 PM
  #13
Foal
I really want to be able to do this too, and I feel your pain as I live in New Mexico, have a house payment and a husband, and am in graduate school. I wish I could find the guts and money (I'm sure my husband would be supportive) to just DO IT. At this point, I don't have the money to pay a trainer but don't have the money/time to be a working student for anyone either. I just read an amazing book "In Service to the Horse" which is about a couple of different grooms - one of the O'Connor's grooms, specifically - and what they go through on a daily basis. Sounds hard, but I would LOVE to do it. Sigh...how do you make life get out of the way?????
     
    11-03-2008, 01:26 PM
  #14
Weanling
Definetly go for your dreams! It's always good to have a backup to fall back onto though. If you're almost done with school (senior year or smth), finish it so you can have an alternative if need be.

I wish I could just work with horses, but gee don't tell my parents! They want me to invent to cure for smth or at least smth along those lines... Luckily my husband is the most supportive person and he said I can do it once I finish school (almost done-yeay!) and if it all works out for me. He even wants to build our barn himself That's just him though, always having to build things... I will go do some work according to my bachelor though, because that can also finanze my dream and once the stable is running well or my horse career is working well, then I can focus on it.

Just google "equine science" or "equestrian science". Mostly they only offer it as an Associates, but there are a few that actually offer it as major undergrad and even one grad (that I found so far)!

Either way good luck and let us know how it went!
     
    11-03-2008, 03:24 PM
  #15
Foal
Im from the north west to and their are some god colleges with equine programs. Roger Williams have an equine program that I would look in to. I don't know that much about it but its awesome for anyone into horses. You do need experience, but if your a quick learner youll have no probs.
Do you have any pics?
     
    11-03-2008, 04:11 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by steph    
I really want to be able to do this too, and I feel your pain as I live in New Mexico, have a house payment and a husband, and am in graduate school. I wish I could find the guts and money (I'm sure my husband would be supportive) to just DO IT. At this point, I don't have the money to pay a trainer but don't have the money/time to be a working student for anyone either. I just read an amazing book "In Service to the Horse" which is about a couple of different grooms - one of the O'Connor's grooms, specifically - and what they go through on a daily basis. Sounds hard, but I would LOVE to do it. Sigh...how do you make life get out of the way?????
We stopped eating out...got rid of one car (lower gas budget...lower insurance costs)...I am an electricity Nazi...we haven't had a bill over $60 in 3 years. We started doing our own farrier work to save money. We cut corners everywhere so that I can train and show. Not to mention I get up and ride at 5 am because that is the only time I have time. I promised my husband the first $10,000 I win (after taxes) half will go to an Australian vacation and half will go towards building his Autocross car(his hobby that is neglected for mine) as a bribe.
     
    11-03-2008, 04:30 PM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by hotreddun    
We stopped eating out...got rid of one car (lower gas budget...lower insurance costs)...I am an electricity Nazi...we haven't had a bill over $60 in 3 years. We started doing our own farrier work to save money. We cut corners everywhere so that I can train and show. Not to mention I get up and ride at 5 am because that is the only time I have time. I promised my husband the first $10,000 I win (after taxes) half will go to an Australian vacation and half will go towards building his Autocross car(his hobby that is neglected for mine) as a bribe.
Don't you just love supportive husbands? Mine promised not to bail on me like my parents did an he will even ride WITH me! And we manage to combine our hobbies by me thinking of things for him to build for my future horse and barn Never met someone that was this supportive of my riding and even willing to SHARE it with me! But yeah, we do live cheap too. Gives us money for investments and other money-needing things
     
    11-03-2008, 10:15 PM
  #18
Foal
Those are some good tips, hotreddun! The problem is that my hubby wants a motorcycle now?!?!?! Lol On the other hand, I was looking at CSU's equine science program (close enough for family commitments), and it sounds pretty nice. Does anyone know anything about it? How useful is an equine science degree going to be for someone who just wants to ride? I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to relocate to another state to get with a really good trainer and get in as a working student even though I have a music degree, and will have my MBA in May. Kiara, I feel your pain!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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