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What did you do with your horse when you went to college?

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  • #21
    Took her with me. I couldn't afford to keep her at my school's barn (where I also took lessons and rode on the team), so I found a great local trainer who let me work off some of my board at her smallish barn.

    Luckily it was very close to school and I managed to ride at least 5 days a week and keep up with my schoolwork and social life. I actually think it was a great experience that taught me how to really manage my time.

    I also realize that I was very fortunate that my parents paid for college and were willing to let me keep the horse. I still thank them frequently!

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    • #22
      Luckily my horse when I left for college was NOT quirky and was quite easy.

      My first year I free leased him to my first instructor and she used him as a school horse. I was going to take him with me the next year but had him vet checked before shipping him across the country to a cold climate. This was before hock injections were common and he showed signs of developing arthritis in his hocks, so I didn't want him to have to suffer the cross-country trailer ride or the colder, wetter weather. Instead I found a family whose daughter had been injured by a green horse being a green horse, let them talk to the vet and see x-rays, and sold him for well under market price to a home which was a great fit. I think he was 14 at the time, and had shown extensively his whole life. He loved not working, and it ended up that he was basically retired, ridden about once a month and the same every ride no matter how long it had been, and the family's toddlers would wander into his 1 acre pen and he would stand with his nose down as they sat in the dirt and petted it for hours. I hate selling horses, but it was the absolutely perfect home for him.
      Originally posted by Silverbridge
      If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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      • #23
        I wanted to take mine with me in the worse way, but finances didn't allow it. Instead, I got extremely lucky - a gal from the barn I worked at home took him for a year lease, kept him in shape (and in line!) for me and he got a little training on the side from her. It was a free lease situation, but she was in charge of his finances and it really worked out well.

        If you are worried, find a trainer and trainee pair you trust. Someone that you know either won't be unfair to him or won't push him past his limit.
        AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012

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        • #24
          I was lucky; I went to school in New York City and my mom lived close, so she took care of my horses and rode them for me and I would get out on evenings/weekends.

          I think it would be great if you could ask around and find either a reputable trainer or a skilled rider to lease him from you so he gets that consistency! Not sure what part of Texas you're in but I'm in Houston and know some great trainers here

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          • #25
            I kept my mare going all through college. Sure it wasn't easy, it was tough and I was tired ALOT as I carried 17-18 hrs a semester, worked full time, and was in school for a paramedic which required clinical time. It was more than hard, but I still managed to do it. The only time she really sat was right before national registry for about two weeks as it was complete craziness. I even managed to continue showing. My mornings were classes, and afternoons were sleep, nights were foal watch and I rode just before I went to work. I could never have leased her out as she wasn't an easy horse by any means.

            I hate to say this, but it is a matter of priorities. I didn't get involved in alot of the school stuff for that reason. My school and horse were what mattered. I put them first and made it work. It can be done, but there are some tough choices and serious sacrifice that need to go on.

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