University of Findlay Riding
Ok, I've been considering going to the university of Findlay, but I have some questions first:
1. Which program do I want, if I want to grow a ton more as a ride? Their programs aren't all involving riding, so thats why I ask. I would also like to eventually be on the IHSA hunt seat team, if possible. I'm a western rider switching to english, so I dont know where Ishould be placed, since I dont even know how to post. I'll have close to three years of western riding experience behind me if I choose to go to Findlay though.
2. Do I need all of that equipment for english riding the first year (since I dont have any of it)?
3. What equipment is needed for western riding (its no longer listed on their website)?
4. How good is findlay's science programs- biology, physics, chemistry, ect. because I need a bachelor of science to go to med school?
I know a few people that have graduated from Findlay and they enjoyed their time there. My IHSA team was in the same zone as Findlay so we competed with them at Zones every year. They have an extremely competitive riding program, I do know that. For the IHSA you don't need any english riding equipment of your own, the school owns horses and tack that you will use. You just need to outfit yourself. If you have lots of questions about the academics then simply email them, I am sure they will be helpful.
I answered the questions you added to this thread: http://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk...wilson-109995/
If you are doing either riding program you will need all your own equipment and lists ARE on the website.
Not sure about Med school, but several of my friends who completed Findlay's Pre-Vet program successfully went on to become veterinarians after Grad school.
Not my business, but I am curious why a western rider wishes to attend the English program? Why the desire to pursue a career path that you are unfamiliar with? This is not just lessons, it is a full time college major.
Feel free to PM me if you have other questions. I loved my four years there.
I want to switch to english so I can jump. It's what I've always wanted to do, but there aren't any english barns that I can find within a half hour driving time (my mom refuses to drive any farther, and my parents made me wait to get my drivers license). Anyway, I dont want to major in it, but I do want to ride. What is the IHSA Team like, assuming I'm not on varsity (yet)? What all do they teach you, on horseback and on the ground? I guess im confused on how the team works....
I guess im confused on how the IHSA team works. I understand the competitions, but I dont understand how the lessons work. Assuming I'm not on varsity (and I dont own/lease a horse), is there a set number of lessons you have to take per week? Can you take more than that? Do you have to tack up the horse for lessons (cause while I know how to tack up with a big western saddle, english saddles are just confusing)? Could you give me as much info as possible about the IHSA teams please? Oh, btw, your not being nosy by asking why I want to switch to english. The reason why is because I want to jump, and there aren't any english barns very close to me
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I would recommend that you contact the University directly with your questions, as it's the ONLY way to find out exactly what they do currently/plan to do moving forward!
IHSA is not a lesson or teaching program, it's an organized sports team which showcases equestrians' existing riding abilities in a horse show format. If you are wanting to learn to jump, you should be looking for jumping lessons. You need to learn the basics before you are able to safely compete. It's like saying "I want to join the College basketball team, but I've only ever played baseball."
When I was at Findlay (1997-2001,) we didn't have many IHSA lessons; Most of the IHSA Team Members were also in the Riding Program, so we were already riding with our instructors 5 days a week. There was a try out and you either made the team or you didn't. The instructors helped you select the appropriate show classes based on your ability - horsemanship, reining, etc - as well as what would best help the Team.
I'll e-mail them. Thank you though.
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