Summer break is over and students are already back at college. The days of waking up and riding have been replaced with classes and studying. It can be hard to balance your passion for horses with your responsibilities. Luckily, you can enjoy both with some careful planning!
How You Can Keep Riding in College
1. Bring your horse with you: Whether your school offers an equestrian program or you find off-campus boarding, it may be a good idea to bring your horse along on this journey. You’ll have to factor in the costs and your time, but having your best friend close by can be a huge stress relief.
2. Join the riding team: Many colleges offer an equestrian club or team. Some have on-site facilities, while others work with local barns. Not only will you be able to take weekly lessons, but you can often compete with the collegiate team.
3. Take a riding class with your university: Schools that offer equestrians programs will usually have riding classes you can sign up for. You can earn credits for physical education or your equine studies program.
4. Volunteer at a local barn: From therapeutic riding facilities to equine rescues, there are plenty of barns looking for help. You may even be able to find a local horse stable that will exchange work for riding. It’s a win-win deal!
5. Try a new discipline: If you’re relocating to a new area or state, then you may have to consider a new discipline. You can experiment with barrel racing, ranch riding, jumping, dressage, etc… Who knows, you may like it even more than your original discipline.
If you’re still in high school and haven’t decided on a college yet, then you may want to look into a few different universities that offer horsey degrees!