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post #11 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 11:12 AM
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can I be the voice of dissent for a second. I think its great that you are trying to figure out a way to ride during college. My advice would be to not rush it though. The first few weeks of college are rather confusing, the classes, learning schedules, the general shinangians of your fellow students. I would hold off on a lease or large time commitment until you are certain that you have the time for it. You could go to school and fall in love with underwater basket weaving and that becomes your passion not horses, thats okay. University is the time to explore that. If you are destined to be with horses you will find a way to it after a few weeks. I ended up riding all semesters in college after not riding the first year. I tried the first year and ended up with lessons.

My experience with equestrian teams at college is that they can very competitive and have a lot of the attitudes that give horse people a bad name. I am currently at a school with a riding team. I am not a member and did not try out. A friend did try out and was frowned on for getting a slamming deal on tall boots on ebay and not going out and buy 400 dollar ones from the upscale tack store down the road. The team I was a member of at my previous university was a really great group of people. My advice, is see what the people are like before you hitch your wagon to that situation.
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 11:37 AM
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I think you've got a great bunch of options already laid out! I definitely agree with Rookie, who said not to rush things. College is fun and super busy and it can be kind of overwhelming at first! It wouldn't be a bad idea just to take the first semester just to adjust and settle in, see how busy you are with classes and homework and new friends and just life in general. Then add the horses in once you know you have the time and are a bit settled in. Your classes need to be the priority of course, and it might be hard if you're spreading yourself super thin right off the bat.

Another plus of just waiting on the horse thing for the first semester is that it will give you time to check out your options and different barns in the area, and find out more about them so you can make a good decision before jumping in. And there's always the fallback of going home and taking the odd lesson or two at your current barn on weekends or whenever to get your horse fix.

I don't know if it's a possibility in your area, but volunteering at a therapeutic riding place is a really cool experience, plus it looks really good on your resume! :)

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post #13 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 04:41 PM
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I too am a senior in college and was recently; just yesterday looking up stables near my college. I don't drive, but I was so fortunate to find a stables only five minutes away! Like I, you can plan to volunteer at a stables near your college whenever possible maybe in exchange for rides, or work there (or on campus) to get enough money for rides. Oh, nice to meet you! I too want to become a vet, and I want to make riding a big part of my life, having started it only this year.

Even though I am impatient, like mentioned above, it may be best first to get comfortable with your schedule and your school work. I go upstate to college, starting classes in late august; so if I can balance my classes and do extra good on exams and studying, I plan on going back to riding sometime in the spring; maybe a little before that. (Not sure if I'm giving myself ample time here?)

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post #14 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 05:42 PM
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I live in a college town and have a few friends at the college right now. They are always welcome to come out and take one of my horses out for a hack or into the arena. I suggest you try to meet a me in the city of your choice :)
I also had a friend that would do babysitting to make money for riding, its awesome because once the kids go to bed you can do some studying until the parents get home and just be aware if one of the kids wakes up. She was able to pay for 1 lesson a week on a lesson horse doing this.
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post #15 of 18 Old 05-02-2013, 06:47 PM
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I'd Try and get on the IHSA team. I made the team at my school NMSU.

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post #16 of 18 Old 05-02-2013, 11:00 PM
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A word about busses, they're GREAT! I mean it can be a pain not having your own car but a reliable bus system is almost as good. If there's a stop on campus (most schools in my experience have at least one) you can just go hop on. I'm sure the city website will have a list of times and stops that you could print or just memorize, its not nearly as complicated as it sounds.

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post #17 of 18 Old 05-02-2013, 11:40 PM
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My college offers horse riding classes for college credit. Check to see if yours does too. You may be too advanced for the classes but if it keeps you in the saddle.

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post #18 of 18 Old 05-03-2013, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Lots of good advice posted, thanks all!
My school has lots of bus stops on campus, I'm just not sure if they can get me off campus around a barn, you know?
You make buses sound so simple! I have no experience with buses though, so it's a little intimidating. (:
tempest, my college does not, and honestly, I am not a fan of taking college riding classes, IMO I think it's a waste of money (I know, riding will be expensive regardless, but the college courses tend to be much more than a lesson would be) and from what I've heard around the forum on the subject, most do not think the courses have real-world application use. I would much rather take lessons from a professional whose expertise may benefit me in 'the horse world'. Thank you for the suggestion though!
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