Just wanted to drop in and say hello. I am fairly new to the Equine world, however I am going to school at William Woods Univ. To get my BS degree in Equine General Studies with a concentration in Therapeutic riding. My end goal is to open up my own therapeutic riding barn for Veterans (especially OIF/OEF vets) I have been around mainly cattle farms and have only been on a horse a handful of times in my life. My interest in horses stems from shortly after I got home from Iraq. I was struggling to getting used to being back and had alot of problems adjusting to being home. Even now I am constantly battling several diffrent things ( I hate the term PTSD so I never use it) on a daily basis. But shortly after I got back my ex old lady (who is a student at the school as well) took me to the barn and as I hung around the horses ( the school has over a hundred and fifty of them) I was calmer and just felt less jumpy and alert. That was when I began to realize the power that horses have. After my leave I went back to my unit knowing that I was going to be getting out of the Army soon. So I had to decide what I wanted to do with my life. After alot of research and talking around and seeing the abysmal state that the VA is in I decided that I wanted to help veterans coming home, and those of my brothers who are still messed up in the head. Now to be honest I hate shrinks (no offense to anyone out there) and I never could see myself working indoors... So I put 2 and 2 together and decided the best course of action was to open my own barn. And I reckoned that if Uncle Sam is footing the bill for most of my education I might as well go to school for Therapeutic riding. So here I am.
I honestly do not know that much about horses yet other than what I see when I interact with them in the barns. I always stop and talk to a horse before I clean their stall, always try to say hi to em as I walk by. So I reckon I will be scouring this forum and posting questions when I get lost in class or in my homework. I want to know everything I can and learn all I can to not only help me as an Equine person, but to better help horses and one day the folks who come to my barn. So please bear with me and my question, and be patient...I am a little slow....LOL
Sadly I can not ride right now....I have a GSW on my left leg and foot which makes getting on a horse impossible right now, but I plan on riding western seat, and possibly branching out to other seats. Just depends on how things go I guess.
Anyways like I said just wanted to say Hi and introduce myself some. Have a good un....