Well after thinking for I'd say a good 6 years of what I'd like to major in, in college, I've decided to try Equine Science. I LOVE working with horses and training them so I thought that Equine Science might be something that I'd be interested in.
My bad habit is that I'll start something, loose interest with it and then move on...it's happened lots of time with guitar playing, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, soccor, etc. My parents were worried that I'd loose interest in horses but I haven't so far which is great...and I doubt I would cause even if I do loose interest in that I'd still have Sonny and I doubt I'd EVER loose interest in my boy :D .
My barn owner has been nice enough to let me work with some of the greener horses and help train them...also to work out bad habits, etc on the lesson horses (example of one was bucking while he cantered...I had fun with that one hehe.....or another example was bolting each time a little kid...not an adult...would ask for a trot).
For all those that have taken is is currently taking an Equine Science class in college, what do you all think of it? Are you enjoying it?
The lady who was acting as agent when I bought my horse was a graduate of the college I want to attend to and she highly recommended it.
Here's the website for the Equine Science on the college:
Sonny- This is just a "bit" :wink: of advise from an oldish ( I won't go into the grey without a fight) Married mom that thought she knew A LOT at 18 and didn't go to college.
Pick what ever makes your heart sing. You post a lot on here and are always asking questions. Seems as though you have found something that holds your interests. Not knowing you personally it makes it hard to tell you what to persue. Just don't forget to have a "backup" plan. College is a wonderful time in your life where you get to "test the waters" so to speak of a billion things life has to offer. Tunnel vision with horses may hold you up later when its time to stand on your own two feet and have a go at being a full time adult.
By all means go for whatever you want to do. Just don't rule out something because it doesn't have anything to do with horses.
My accountant has a BEAUTIFUL farm with BEAUTIFUL horses and she is able to afford her horses with her full-time job! (which isn't really all that full time because she owns her own firm and is almost never there! she's usually off showing or whatever)
Just something to chew on. :D
I know that, but I know I do want to train horses...I've always loved working with young horses so I think it would be something fun. Of course I'd have a backup plan...I'm really good with computers and though I don't particually want to sit infront of a computer all day for the rest of my life, it's something that probably would pay the bills.
Something computer related is my fall back plan
That does sound pretty cool; go for it, if it's what you are really interested in. :D But yeah, leave other options open too (other possible courses/careers). :)
I by no means, was trying to insult you. I don't think of you as a flake or anything. :D I just felt that I should add my 2 cents because in an earier post you mentioned quitting school. I was just trying to be a friend that missed the boat you are about to get on and wanted you to know that I sometimes feel that I should have gotten on and sailed. There is always time to come back to horses.. Heck I'm 33 with 4 kids and I'm back! :D A quality well rounded education is priceless. I'm really happy that you have already thought of a backup plan. And of course you will succeed if you are doing something that you love. You sound like a smart cookie.
I wish you all the best with your schooling and sonny. :wink:
Dumas I know you weren't trying to insult me and I didn't mean for that post to sound rude or like I was upset if it did come about to you like that.
I do have other careers that I can fall back on, but I hope I won't have to. I can actually picture myself training horses in the future and with the past careers that I wanted to do I just couldn't picture myself doing it.
I guess the whole college thing is coming up WAYYYYY too fast....I wish I had another year to think about it.
I guess I always could work full time for one year...build up money in my bank account, etc and then after that go to college....but I think once I stop school for a year I'd not want to go back.
DO NOT take a yr off! That is exactly what I did! :shock: I wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew up so I waited on college. By the time I figured out what had happened I was Married with a baby on the way! :lol: Which I don't regret for a moment. I just wish I had gone to school. Life moves incredibly fast after you graduate HS! Don't try to slow it down because you can't! It will just change directions on you but it won't slow down.
yeah I know more than likely I won't take a year off, only because I know I would not go back hehe
Also I don't know if I should go to a CC first and get the boring stuff done or do a mixture of the boring stuff and the Equine Studies so I'd have something to enjoy
I graduated with an Animal Science (Equine Emphasis, pre-Vet) degree and absolutely loved every minute of it! It was a very hands on degree where I went to school (Virginia Tech) so I had classes where we trained babies, were assigned a broodmare and took care of her during her pregnancy/birth, took riding classes, and competed in IHSA shows, etc. There were a lot of research opportunities available and a Business route you could take if you weren't interested in the science aspect of it all (which I would recommend unless you want to be a vet). Some things to consider about doing a 4 year degree instead of starting off at a CC is that even my first year during all of my general classes I still took an Equine Industry class and an Intro to Animal Science class which kept me excited about what was to come. Plus, I was in a classroom full of people who loved animals and wanted to do the same thing with their lives as I did. A lot of my friends now are trainers, riding coaches, vets, etc. And there were tons of different clubs and organizations to join that were directly related to horses. College is a great time to really figure out what you want to do with your life. If you take a lot of business classes along with your degree (maybe even minor in it) I imagine you'll be marketable enough to get a job in the non-horse world. Besides, I hear companies these days are more interested in work experience anyways. Plus, a HUGE majority of the people out there do nothing that is remotely close to their major!
I have to agree with Dumas' Grrl, horses are obviously something you're passionate about. Seems to me that girls who are passionate about horses past 16 are always going to be. Even if I end up changing jobs one day and doing something completely different I still won't regret what i majored in.
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