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sammy01 10-21-2008 10:35 PM

Horses in college?
I know absolutly nothing about riding in college, and would like to if at all possible. Does anyone else do this? Do you have to try out? pay? work at barn? Any info or personal stories would be great! thanks.

claireauriga 10-22-2008 08:42 AM

I'm at university and we have a riding and polo club. My university is a big sporting one (joint top in the country for sporting facilities) and the great thing about all the clubs is that they cater for the competitive athelete and the person who just wants to take part recreationally, for fun.

I'm a recreational rider; I've only had four months of lessons so even if I wanted to I wouldn't be able to get on the teams for eventing or polo xD The riding club organises lessons at a local stables, but numbers are very limited and its first come, first served. This means that even if I'm really really lucky and manage to get every lesson available to me, it's still only going to be one lesson per fortnight. The Student Union is able to subsidise these lessons; 12 instead of 20. The stables we ride at is not as good as the one I have back home and they have a far smaller selection of horses, particularly taller ones. I miss my old stables :(

Logistically it's a nightmare - you've got 30-odd people who want to ride, 10 people who can actually ride per week (2 lessons, 5 people in each), you need to sort out drivers for them all (we're not allowed cars while at uni so very few people have a car with them) and people don't get to ride as often as they like.

On Monday, a list went up at 11am for a hack in November. There were five places available, and when my friend got there at 12pm to sign up for me they were all gone and I'm now on the reserve list.

So far, riding at uni has not been as good as I would have hoped :( But at least I'm still getting to go on a horse now and again. I also hope that the small size of the lesson groups means that I won't be restricted by riding with people of a lower ability than me; I can't jump so I can't go into the next group up but I was amongst the top of my group in the assessment session.

SonnyWimps 10-22-2008 10:52 AM

I go to a Community College and they actually had a non-credit "Intro to English Horseback Riding" class which I took for the fun of it.
I've noticed alot, if you are going to college in a horse-y state, will have some programs

kchfuller 10-31-2008 05:02 PM

i went to Baylor Univ. and rode on the equestrian team. i was a Div. 1 athlete. It was work but you try out and either make the team or not ... i rode while getting my BBA in Management.

mysnafflebit 11-01-2008 11:52 PM

My school has an English riding team and a Western riding team that compete all over the region. We also have a polo club and polo team, the difference being that the team competes and the club is recreational. There are also PE classes for horseback riding (both for beginners and advanced riders). The barn at my school is amazing! It's basically a dream stable and it's right on campus, so no commuting! I just have to hop on my bike and go!:D

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