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GallopingGuitarist 03-15-2013 10:34 PM

Olds College
I am looking into going to Olds College in fall of 2014 for a horsemanship major. I can't decide whether to go for english or western riding.

I've been riding for 10 years. I have pleasure ridden western, australian, and bareback. I can break a colt into ride, just not sure where to take it from there. I am wanting to improve my riding skills.

Come spring I will be starting english riding lessons with a lady that lives fairly close by. I have taken one lesson from her and learned a lot. She said that I ride very well, and have a good seat.
She is a graduate from Olds Western Horsemanship program.

I can ride walk, trot (or jog), canter (or lope) and a gallop.
I've ridden many different breeds, QH, BelgianX, half Arabian, PercheronX, Paint, and TB. This summer I will be interning in BC at an endurance farm that raises and runs Akhal-Tekes.

I'm not expecting to get an equine career out of this (though, that would be amazing) I mainly want to improve my riding skills. As a lady once told me, 'It will give a new way of thinking, and there is no price too big for that'.

I am also considering returning for the 2 year farrier major after the horsemanship major.
My main question is, which would you suggest I go for? I am equally interested in both english and western riding.
And, are there any graduates (or current) students from the Olds College Equine Sciences program?

I'm going to throw in a couple pictures of me riding.





Thank you for your input!

paintedpastures 03-15-2013 11:30 PM

I have heard people going there & I know a trainer that has taught there.Haven't heard anything bad about it, program sound interesting:D.Have been to town for horse shows,Nice enough place:-).
You might also look at Lakeland College in they have agricultural & horse related programs too:wink:.
Western Ranch & Cow Horse Program | Lakeland College

GallopingGuitarist 03-15-2013 11:37 PM

I looked into the Lakeland College as well. I think Olds has a bit more to offer. It's one of the best equine schools in Canada, if not in North America.
I would love to go to the Western&Ranch Horse Program sometime though! I have a couple of friends that are attending Lakeland.

QHriderKE 03-16-2013 04:59 PM

I'm going to Olds next Spring for their "Racehorse Groom Training" program.

I thought about taking one of their riding programs, but I have enough connections that I can just ride with trainers and such and learn just as much or more.

GallopingGuitarist 03-16-2013 08:51 PM

Okay so here's another question for college people in general. Should I stay on campus or off? I don't drink or party... would I be out of place on campus?

QHriderKE 03-16-2013 08:54 PM

On campus will be cheaper.

GallopingGuitarist 03-16-2013 08:56 PM

That's what I thought. Then some coworkers today told me not to stay on campus because all the campus people do is party (two of them have friends that go and are going to go there).
So I'm just wondering.

albertaeventer 04-10-2013 05:24 PM

I went to Olds College for the english horsemanship program back in 03-05 and LOVED IT. You can learn everything and more by going and being a working student and not have to pay 10's of thousands for college, but I definitely don't regret doing the program, although it was very expensive. The english instructor is FABULOUS. They have a different western instructor there now, and while I think he is still good, he's not as good as the instructor that was there previously.

Living on campus is cheaper, and I wish I would have lived on campus my first because it's way easier to meet people and get immersed in that college lifestyle. Plus equine students have to do chores so the closer you live the better! They have different floors in the dorms, the ground floor is the "party" floor, and the 3rd floor is the quiet floor. You get to choose when you apply for housing.

If you want to PM me and ask more questions, feel free:)

WSArabians 04-10-2013 07:11 PM

I would go for a business degree or something.
I might be going there too, actually, this fall, but nothing horse related.
My Horsemanship Major was a waste of time and money.

WSArabians 04-10-2013 07:11 PM


Originally Posted by GallopingGuitarist (Post 1941013)
That's what I thought. Then some coworkers today told me not to stay on campus because all the campus people do is party (two of them have friends that go and are going to go there).
So I'm just wondering.

It's college. :wink:

You don't have to hang out with them, though.

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