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post #11 of 13 Old 07-18-2010, 07:25 PM
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I think you should wait until after college.A friend of mine got her first horse about a year ago,and is going to college in Massachusetts in the fall.She'll be three hours away from home and can't take her horse with her,so she has to leave him behind at her barn to be leased out to someone or used as a lesson horse.That's not fair to either of them,she won't visit him everyday like she does now and they'll both be upset about their seperation.

Even if she did live close,I doubt she'd have as much time for him as she does now.College takes over your life for a bit and can be very stressful,and it wouldn't be fair to have to put your horse on the back burner while you focus in on your studies.

I say wait until after college when you know you'll have all the time you need to focus on you own horse. =]

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I believe you, but you're what, 15, 16? Things change. I was living with this girl at the beginning of the year, a first year. Anyway she was a "good" girl. She had friends from school but didn't do much "after hours", studied everyday, called her mum every other day, went home on weekends to help around the house. Then she turned 18 (legal drinking age here) and then every weekend she'd be literally rolling around on the floor drunk, handing in essays late, having loads of people over.

If you are going to go to a college and live on campus, well its like your whole world changes. Most people grow up in a controlled environment, and college is like the opposite, loads of people just going crazy on freedom for a while. It settles but its hard. Even if you don't drink, you're going to want to spend some time making friends and getting into your subjects. You don't want a horse holding you down straight away.

You could lease a horse now and give it back at college. Or if you really wanted to buy a horse you could buy it, lease it out when you go to college, and if you decide you have the time take it back. Just, college is expensive and important, you don't want to screw it up, its easy to say it will be fine now, but its different to what you think. Its not always a walk in the park. Test out the waters before you jump in head first.

What are you planning on studying? What degree you do strongly impacts the amount of "spare time" you have.
I'm 16, going to be 17 in September. I'm planning on majoring in either equine sciences or genetics.

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post #13 of 13 Old 07-18-2010, 08:32 PM
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I would recommend waiting to own a horse.

I am going to be a junior in college, and I have owned my pony for about a year. It wasn't my ideal situation. I have trained her ever since she came to my barn [four years now] and a younger girl bought her. It was perfect because her family knew how strong of a bond we had and how well she listened to me so they wanted me to keep training her. The girl outgrew her/they didn't click very well so she was going to sell her. I couldn't let her go, so I convinced my dad to buy her for me. He had to just pay for her and I would take care of monthly expenses.

It's very difficult. I don't regret it, but it's frustrating. I'm so busy and between school work, exams [I am an actuarial major and trying to pass exams. Not sure if you know what that is though. It requires a LOT of studying even in the summer], being the president of my sorority, having a boyfriend ... I feel like I'm not doing enough in almost every aspect of my life.

On top of that, I have an 8-5 Mon-Fri job during the summer where I get paid good money, but by the end of the school year [since I don't work at school] I have no money left. So I have no way of saving money for when I get out of college.

It's stressful. I don't get to ride my pony enough. She is two hours away and I drive home once a week to ride [oh look at that! gas money! Hah], and I feel like she needs me much more so it's upsetting.

I still am SO glad I own her, and I am trying my best to make it work, but I feel like I'm always worrying about something.

Your situation may be different, and it may be easier for you, but I really recommend waiting. Enjoy college. Allow yourself to focus on schoolwork and having fun during the best four years of your life. =]
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