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post #1 of 60 Old 05-23-2009, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from the great southern land!!

Hi there! I'm kinda new to this forum but I hadn't gotten around to introducing myself until tonight...(its 8:30pm here)
I'm Siobhan and I live in NSW, Australia. I'm 20 years old and I've NEVER owned a horse....*sigh*

I'm studying zoology at university and hope in the future (eventually) to work with Big Cats at Australia's leading zoos.

I've been riding at the ONLY school in the NSW/VIC region where owning a horse is NOT a requirement! :roll:

I have always had relatives that have owned horses and I've been on a trail ride or two in my youth, but I've only been riding competitively now for about 2.5 years and I'm LOVING it!
My mum used to be married to a cattle drover and lived with horses her entire life, until she shattered her elbow in a bad fall and never got back on
She's been nervous around horses ever since and its taken her many years to let me ride as well.

I've been riding several schoolmasters (from a little 14.1 grey mare to a 16.3 black gelding trained in dressage). About six weeks ago, I got injured at dance class (I do Ballet and Modern) and tore the cartlidge in my knee (the medial meniscus) and I haven't been able to ride since. This Wednesday is my first lesson back!!!

Before I got injuried I was riding a VERY hot arabian x (Sabre) as a competition horse. I'm a little nervous around him, so I hope to increase my confidence through advice on this forum.



Looking forward to chatting with you all!

Siobhan

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post #2 of 60 Old 05-23-2009, 06:19 AM
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Hey Siobhan! Yay, another person almost the same as meeeeee haha. Similar age, similar situation and similar location! That sucks that you were out for a few weeks.. but good to hear your back in the saddle again!

Ooooh Zoology! I was REALLY tempted to study that at uni, but i really didnt want to move away from home just yet (yup, im a wuss! lol), so i was limited to what the uni here offers. I got accepted into Graphic Design/Photography double degree at the start of this year but defered study til next year. Hopefully i can incorporate my horsieness into at least the photography side of things. It would be AWESOME to work with big cats!! They are so gorgeous.. im envious! Is it a science based course?
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post #3 of 60 Old 05-23-2009, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Ooooh Zoology! I was REALLY tempted to study that at uni, but i really didnt want to move away from home just yet (yup, im a wuss! lol), so i was limited to what the uni here offers. I got accepted into Graphic Design/Photography double degree at the start of this year but defered study til next year. Hopefully i can incorporate my horsieness into at least the photography side of things. It would be AWESOME to work with big cats!! They are so gorgeous.. im envious! Is it a science based course?
Hah! Me neither! I'm still at home...I'm even worse than you. I'm older! I work full time and study part time. My uni is an hour away. It's a distance education course, so I can study in my spare time (Hah! What's that?)

Thankfully, there are two options with my zoology course, and two degree options. One is a more science based course which qualifies you as a "zoologist" and the second (the one I'm in) is a more practically based course and qualifies you as a "zoo curator". Last year, we got to help out the keepers with behavioural enrichment at Adelaide Zoo, working with the Sun Bears!
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Hahaha dont feel bad, ill probably be at home until i finish my degree.. goodness, ill be 23!! I'll be studying full time and working casually, much to my wallets disgust.

Thats really good that you get two options with your degree. I'm not much of a science person, which is why i asked. Science based courses have never interested me much so i tend to steer clear of them, but the curator one your doing sounds great! I was thinking of doing Equine Studies here, and as much as i knew i would LOVE the horse aspect of it, i knew that deep down i would be loathing the chemistry and biology- as it is also a science based course.

So instead i went down a completely different road 0.o lol.
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post #5 of 60 Old 05-23-2009, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah, I thought about Equine Studies too! But then I realised that there's pretty much NO chance of getting a job out of it (not that zoology is much better!) and its a pretty narrow field.
I did both chemistry and biology in high school, 'cause I knew that they'd be a requirement for zoology. But I also did drama and ancient history, so, its good to have other interests!
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Oh yes, thats certainly another reason that i didnt go into it.. not enough job prospects! I dont doubt there are jobs out there, they are just few and far between.

I didnt take any sciences at school. I did all the social science/creative classes :P All the ones that apparently scale really bad, but it didnt effect me so i was happy!

Anyway its nice to meet you and we will certainly have to keep in contact! :)
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Oh man, I know about the scaling thing...I got all 70's and 80's for my exams, and ended up with a UAI around 55!!!
It was great meeting you as well, and we definately have to keep in contact! :)
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Welcome! It looks like you're enjoying yourself here already, and I hope you continue to!!

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Welcome to the forum! Nice to meet you :)

Have fun posting.

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post #10 of 60 Old 05-24-2009, 08:45 PM
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Hey There!

The Aussie contingent on here is growing :]

What Uni are you at, if you don't ming me asking? Your course sounds really interesting... I've always wanted to do something involving animals, but just like welshpony I have steered away from a lot of the equine courses due to the science basis... I just know I wouldn't do any good at that componenet!

Welcome to the forum, and I hope you enjoy it :]

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