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Deciding Whether to Take Your Horse to College With You


It's often said college is the best time of your life. Each fall, teenagers from across the country embark on new adventures as they begin their freshman year of college. However, not all freshmen make the trip to college alone. For many college bound horse owners, they can't imagine spending the "best" years of their lives without their best four legged equine friend.

The transition from high school to college is a huge milestone in the lives of teenagers. From moving away from home; to making new friends; to learning how to be totally independent freshman year  - can be a stressful experience. Many students take a teddy bear, blanket or photos to remind them of home, while some horse owners go a bit bigger and take their horses.

"I took my horse to college with me because I wanted something from home to be with me as I moved to a completely unknown place," says Christopher Newport University freshman Hannah Taylor. 

Should I bring my horse to college?

Deciding which college to attend is stressful enough. Trying to decide whether or not you should bring your horse with you adds another level of complexity. Before you make a decision take time to answer the following questions: Will I have time to ride and care for my horse? Can I afford to take a horse to college? What are the boarding barns like near my university? Will taking my horse lessen the "college experience"?

Time

One of the most important skills learned in college is time management. Without mom and dad to monitor school work versus extracurricular activities, some freshmen quickly become like a fish out of water struggling to keep up with their studies. Horses are a major time commitment, will your course load allow you time for both? Not sure? Ask the admissions department what a typical course load looks like for incoming freshman at the college or university of your choice.

Money

Unlike college freshmen, horses can't survive on a steady diet of ramen noodles.  Look into boarding options near your school to see if they are within your budget. For some, taking a horse with them to college will be the first time they have to pay board. However, others find the rural location of their college or university offers cheaper board than where their horses currently reside.

Boarding

One of the most difficult aspects of bringing your horse to college is finding the right boarding facility for you and your horse.  Not only do you want to make sure it is within your budget, you need to make sure it's location allows you to be able to visit and care for your horse on a regular basis. Depending on the rules at your school, freshman may not be allowed to bring cars, so figuring out transportation to and from the barn is a must. 

If you are going to a school with an equestrian program, check out the school's policy on allowing students to board their own horses at school. The policies vary from school to school; some schools require boarded horses to be used for lessons while others are more flexible. Research all of your options before deciding what's best for you and your horse.

Still not sure?

Are you still waffling back and forth on whether or not you should take your horse to college with you?  Don't worry! There is no right or wrong answer. Just because you don't bring your horse to school for fall semester, doesn't mean he can't come back with you after winter break. 

Remember, even if you don't want to bring your horse to school with you there may be ways to continue your riding while at school.  Depending on your college or university, you may be able to participate on IHSA or NCAA riding teams. If teams aren't your cup of tea, see if there are any local barns where you can occasionally take lessons.

Regardless of what you choose one thing is for sure, horses are a lifelong passion. Whatever you do during your college years won't make or break your future with horses.


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