Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: South Eastern Idaho
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Horses In College?
First off, I am most definitely not new to horses. While my riding could definitely use some improvement, I have been around horses and done 4-H for 8+ years. I've done a bit of training, just started roping, and I've worked with a variety of horses. I know (mostly) what I'm doing.
That being said, I've never actually owned a horse. I've cared for my 4-H horses (fed, watered, exercised, dewormed, etc.), but I've never officially owned any of them. I know what owning a horse would entail, I do practically own my 4-H horses, I have just never had to actually care for them financially.
I currently am in no place to own a horse, but I have considered buying one in two or three years after I've started vet school, mainly so I can have a chance at college rodeo before I age out. I would be buying a horse after vet school anyways, but I'm wondering about the feasibility of having a horse while in school, particularly something as challenging and time consuming as vet school. I know how much time horses require, and I have goats back home that I am caring for and working with right now while in school to prep for 4-H shows, so I have experience caring for animals while in school.
My main question is, has anyone had horses, particularly their first horses while in grad school? How did it work out? Would you recommend it? What was the hardest part? Is it worth it? I feel like I would get a lot more out of my brief stint in Texas for vet school if I had a horse and I feel that it would help advance my career goals, but I want to hear people's opinions on it. Also, how did you balance the financial part of horses and school? As I'm currently not dating anyone, I'm not planning on having a family, and I probably won't have any other animals except for maybe a dog or some show goats. I would try to find an easy keeper that would do well on just pasture/hay, and while I would try to rodeo, I wouldn't be spending too much money competing and I would mostly be working on improving my own skills. Thoughts?