Bringing my horse to college... Advice?
As my final year of high school is beginning to finally come to a close I am beginning to finally come to the realization that I will be leaving next year. However, the thought that still lingers in my mind is, "what do I do with my horse?" My mom and I have been casually mentioning options, but nothing definite, as we still have plenty of time to decide. However, even now, it is at the back of my mind. We have discussed leasing him out during the year and then letting me show and ride him during the summer and breaks, taking him to the actual school with me, and boarding him on campus or at a nearby facility, and selling him.
Now, we are financially able to keep him, but as he is a very energetic horse and also very wary around new people we might have trouble finding a person to lease and our current half-leaser does not ride enough to keep him in shape. Though they promised that they would keep him in full training if they do. So this could be an option for the first year.
The other option doesn't seem very realistic to me, keeping a horse during my first year of college by myself seems like a very hard thing to do, time-wise. I love my horse, but I don't know if I could devote the amount of time and energy that he needs to maintain his condition, as well as me feeling guilty about not being able to show him, and taking him away from his horsey buddies and surrounding him by new people (he is wary of strangers and does not do well in new environments).
The third option has not really been discussed, selling my boy. Now, I haven't had Herbie for very long, but we have developed a pretty strong relationship in the year that we've had him. We have gotten close to sell him, when we thought he wasn't a good match for me, but things suddenly changed and our relationship got so much better. We've already got another trainer that is in love with him, so selling him for the price that we would not be an impossibility, but I really don't like this option...
(Sorry for any spelling/grammatical errors or ambiguous sentences, I'm terrible at putting my thoughts into words...)
I like the option of leasing and then you could still show during the seasons. If you feel like he is a horse that is right for you, then by doing this he will still be in your life after college. College is just one building block in your life, not your WHOLE future. If he has a promising future, then lease him and in a couple years or so, you can do what you wish with him like if you get your own place, get married, and what not.
Supermane, I am in EXACTLY the same situation.
I know that if he came with me I wouldn't have time for him ... first year anyway, while I'm getting used to it. And for me selling isn't an option - because of his disease. So... I guess he stays home, and maybe the lease but he's not 100% finished yet so I don't know...
I think if your horse is at a level that you are comfortable to lease him out, it would be your best option, he's active and you know he'll be looked after if he stays at your old barn...
I definitely want to lease him out, thanks for the responses, I hadn't checked back on this board until now. I think I'll be anxious without him with me at college... life without a horse is going to be weird.
Maybe would you could do is lease him out for your first semester (so you can get a feel for things in college and see how much free time you will or wont have on your hands.
If you have a bit of free time, see if you can bring him up to school with you for your second semester. (that way you wont be horse-less for too long)
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