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Ok, here is my question! I have just accepted my place at Hertfordshire uni to start a physio degree in September. after recieving all my accomadation info (Sarrat Hall, DeHav!!) and student hand book etc i was begining to get quite excited...however i face a problem. I have been riding since before i could walk and now compete in eventing quite seriously. As many horse owners/lovers will know it is a very time consuming and expensive hobby. The problem i have is that my head is telling me to go to uni and my heart is telling me to stay with horses. Now the obvious answer would be to combine the two - however, after hearing so many stories about how demanding physiotherpy is i really dont know if it will be possible. Can any one help me? how much 'free' time do you have on a physio course? how much holiday time is taken up by placements? Does any one else combine physio with such a time consuming sport? or had to give up riding/sport commitments? ARGHHh! I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO! I do understand physio is a professional job whereas if i was continue riding for a living it would be a lifestyle and i would have no money! but if your doing what you enjoy should money be an issue? any help would be much appreciated. :confused:
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I love ridding too! It’s a bit of the topic but I was going to suggest, do the Physio and then with the few years experience you could become a Physio for horses, then you can combine your hobby with income!
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Hi! thanks for reply! yes i have thought about doing physio for horses, altough worked out it will take 7 years t get there!!! there must be a way - somehow!!!
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Ok, here is my question! I have just accepted my place at Hertfordshire uni to start a physio degree in September. after recieving all my accomadation info (Sarrat Hall, DeHav!!) and student hand book etc i was begining to get quite excited...however i face a problem. I have been riding since before i could walk and now compete in eventing quite seriously. As many horse owners/lovers will know it is a very time consuming and expensive hobby. The problem i have is that my head is telling me to go to uni and my heart is telling me to stay with horses. Now the obvious answer would be to combine the two - however, after hearing so many stories about how demanding physiotherpy is i really dont know if it will be possible. Can any one help me? how much 'free' time do you have on a physio course? how much holiday time is taken up by placements? Does any one else combine physio with such a time consuming sport? or had to give up riding/sport commitments? ARGHHh! I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO! I do understand physio is a professional job whereas if i was continue riding for a living it would be a lifestyle and i would have no money! but if your doing what you enjoy should money be an issue? any help would be much appreciated. :confused:
As far as I know, there are no placements during holidays at Herts.............so you would have the holidays free.............it varies slightly fro uni to uni but at Georges I have about 3 half days off a week although we are expected to do additional work in that time................I find it is possible to do uni work only in the hours provided, although I do do abit during evenings and the rest of my personal time. I know a few people who compete although not seriously and they find it takes alot of their time so I'm not sure how you would manage such an intensive course with such an intensive hobby.........................ha ve you thought about deferring your place at herts for a year and spending a year doing your horsey stuff?
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Hi,
I have the same problem as you and i have decided to do a foundation science year which is near home so i can stay with my horses, etc. and then go onto study Physio in 2007, my aim is to be an animal physio in the end specialising in equine.
What have you decided to do?

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As far as I know, there are no placements during holidays at Herts.............so you would have the holidays free.............it varies slightly fro uni to uni but at Georges I have about 3 half days off a week although we are expected to do additional work in that time................I find it is possible to do uni work only in the hours provided, although I do do abit during evenings and the rest of my personal time. I know a few people who compete although not seriously and they find it takes alot of their time so I'm not sure how you would manage such an intensive course with such an intensive hobby.........................ha ve you thought about deferring your place at herts for a year and spending a year doing your horsey stuff?
Thanks for your reply. thats really helpfull. i have thought about defering for a year, infact i have emailed herts to see what they say - but i didnt really think it would be possible now ive got my grades etc. if i can do that then i think thats the answer! if not, im worried that if i tale a gap year i wont beable to get another place next year...people have said i have been so lucky to get a place this time round i shouldn't throw the opportunity away.

Kerry - Thats a good idea - that way i would still be doing something consrtuctive as well as riding in a gap year. Yes my aim was to qualify as an equine physio after i had done all the human bit (plus the 2 compulsory years in nhs...) What do you do with your horses?

thanks for oyur replys, they are really helpfull.

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I would think that if you did college work 9-4 you could spend the afternoons and evenings with the horses. You have no comitments at the weekend or during holidays so you could spend all your time on horses then.

But I suppose what really struck me is that you don't seem to have any comitment to Physiotherapy so perhaps you should look for a less demanding course. May I suggest Media Studies!
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Thanks, although i must add...i am commited to doing the physio course, i certainly wouldnt go into a degree like that half heartedly - when i applied i knew how much commitment i would need - its just riding has been such a big part of my life for so long im not sure how ill manage when that changes. Its a big decision to make and i dont want to make a mistake, so i am just trying to think of everthing i supose.
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I would think that if you did college work 9-4 you could spend the afternoons and evenings with the horses. You have no comitments at the weekend or during holidays so you could spend all your time on horses then.

But I suppose what really struck me is that you don't seem to have any comitment to Physiotherapy so perhaps you should look for a less demanding course. May I suggest Media Studies!
unfortunately I spend 9-4 IN college most days - so most of my work is done in my own time! So she wouldn't have much personal time spare!
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Thanks for your reply. thats really helpfull. i have thought about defering for a year, infact i have emailed herts to see what they say - but i didnt really think it would be possible now ive got my grades etc. if i can do that then i think thats the answer! if not, im worried that if i tale a gap year i wont beable to get another place next year...people have said i have been so lucky to get a place this time round i shouldn't throw the opportunity away.

Kerry - Thats a good idea - that way i would still be doing something consrtuctive as well as riding in a gap year. Yes my aim was to qualify as an equine physio after i had done all the human bit (plus the 2 compulsory years in nhs...) What do you do with your horses?

thanks for oyur replys, they are really helpfull.

Hannah
I would imagine that they will let you defer - cos then they can offer your palce to someone else on their list lol

If for any reason they won't let you defer, my advice would be to take the place. I know it would be a heart wrenching decision but getting a place is not really something to be sniffed at, Iand I personally wouldn't dare risk my place...
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Thanks for all your help - i think i have (almost) decided to go to uni in seotember - as i dont think i can waste such a great opportunity and i was getting excited looking at my timetable for the first week! Any more views still appriciated tho! Hx
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Thanks for all your help - i think i have (almost) decided to go to uni in seotember - as i dont think i can waste such a great opportunity and i was getting excited looking at my timetable for the first week! Any more views still appriciated tho! Hx
I may be making it up so don't quote me, but I'm almost 100% sure that when I went to Herts to do my first egree one of their clubs that they had was a horse riding society or something (like I said, it may be a figment of my imagination lol!).......perhaps, if my memmory serves me correctly, you could join them and do some stuff with them to satisfy your craving!¬
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Hehe that's so cute, of course you'll be able to still ride - it's what hols are for, to do anything we want :p:

You sound like you're gonna have a great time and you already have quite a cool life. Horses and I don't get along So you're extra lucky

Best of luck with your course, DBx
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Hey i have been riding since before i could walk and I have jus started to event my 5year old horse this season. Like u im goin to study physio but at liverpool uni.

I know its a hard decision but if u have family or friends that are willing to help wit ur horse, whilst ur away during the week then there should be no problem.

U have to remember that the eventing season finishes about three weeks into uni and doesnt start til around march so u wont be mising much. Uv also got holidays that u can ride in so i think u should go and do the course because riding will still be there in ur weekends and holidays, ur course wont if u turn it down and u wouldnt want to regret not doin it!! Dont worry about the money either were goin to be students and were allowed to get in to debt!!!

I hope that helps and i understand where ur coming from my whole family is linked to eventing and i know im lucky that whilst im away my dad and my sister will keep my horse fit so i can event him next year.
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