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    As the title says really, just wondered if anyone had/is planning on taking their horse(s) to uni with them and if so how you found it?
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    (Original post by livhk)
    As the title says really, just wondered if anyone had/is planning on taking their horse(s) to uni with them and if so how you found it?
    Getting him in the ensuite was a bit of a struggle to be honest!
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    Getting him in the ensuite was a bit of a struggle to be honest!
    Mine just ignores me when I tell them to get the phone:sigh:

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    Neigh, they wanted to hay at home


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    Nope, I am not taking mine. I've had her on loan for 4 years but will be giving her back to her owner when I go to uni in september. I won't even be able to afford food let alone a horse, so taking my horse to uni was never an option for me. Also it's a long distance to have to transport them.
    I guess it depends on whether you feel you have the time and money to keep looking after a horse whilst also studying for a degree. In my opinion it's better to loan your horse out for the time you're at uni, but it all dpeends on what the owner wants/feels is best. People do sometimes take their horses with them.
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    (Original post by livhk)
    As the title says really, just wondered if anyone had/is planning on taking their horse(s) to uni with them and if so how you found it?
    My sister took her horse to uni with her :yy: I don't know know the daily ins and outs of horse keeping (frankly, they terrify me) but the one downside I can see is that she can't really come home for the holidays, because she needs to stay at uni to look after the horse.

    That and money, obviously. But she worked hard and saved up so she could afford it.
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    (Original post by livhk)
    As the title says really, just wondered if anyone had/is planning on taking their horse(s) to uni with them and if so how you found it?
    I just asked her for more detail and she said:

    You either needs lots of money for the horse, or you can do it cheap and have no social life. "It's the holy trinity: money, social life, degree - pick two".

    She said she couldn't have kept the horse throughout university - she was only able to have it in the final year because she did a placement year when she could save up a lot of money.

    So maybe OP, see how you feel after the first year in terms of workload, settling in etc. and if it seems possible/realistic (especially financially) then maybe think about it then? It's doable if you want to make it happen, but you'll need to be able to manage your time well so you're able to keep on top of all your work.

    Hope that helps

    EDIT: Ooh, and her horse in on 'part-livery' *whatever that means*
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    My sister took her horse to uni with her :yy:
    Seriously?
    Did she ride it to lectures?
    How cool would that be?
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    Seriously?
    Did she ride it to lectures?
    How cool would that be?
    That would be cool.

    But alas, it lives in a nearby field I believe.

    I can't think of anything worse than getting up at 6am to go muck out a gigantic beast with the personality of a two year old that can rip your finger off in one bite if it so wishes, but each to their own.
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    I can't think of anything worse than getting up at 6am to go muck out a gigantic beast with the personality of a two year old that can rip your finger off in one bite if it so wishes, but each to their own.
    Wait until you have kids...
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    (Original post by TammieBean)
    Nope, I am not taking mine. I've had her on loan for 4 years but will be giving her back to her owner when I go to uni in september. I won't even be able to afford food let alone a horse, so taking my horse to uni was never an option for me. Also it's a long distance to have to transport them.
    I guess it depends on whether you feel you have the time and money to keep looking after a horse whilst also studying for a degree. In my opinion it's better to loan your horse out for the time you're at uni, but it all dpeends on what the owner wants/feels is best. People do sometimes take their horses with them.
    Thank you for this, I think, in an ideal world I would love to take her with me but it's probably not too practical (I hadn't even thought about the cost haha- I'm not the most practical of people!!) thank you
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    I just asked her for more detail and she said:

    You either needs lots of money for the horse, or you can do it cheap and have no social life. "It's the holy trinity: money, social life, degree - pick two".

    She said she couldn't have kept the horse throughout university - she was only able to have it in the final year because she did a placement year when she could save up a lot of money.

    So maybe OP, see how you feel after the first year in terms of workload, settling in etc. and if it seems possible/realistic (especially financially) then maybe think about it then? It's doable if you want to make it happen, but you'll need to be able to manage your time well so you're able to keep on top of all your work.

    Hope that helps

    EDIT: Ooh, and her horse in on 'part-livery' *whatever that means*
    Thank you so much, this was really really helpful!! That's a really good suggestion about seeing how things are going after my first year and then making a decision- you're right though the idea of having to get up stupidly early after a night out isn't particularly appealing!! I want to enjoy my time at uni rather than being stressed and running around like a headless chicken the whole time 🙈 thank you very much, it's helped me think about it a lot more sensibly and practically!!
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    (Original post by livhk)
    As the title says really, just wondered if anyone had/is planning on taking their horse(s) to uni with them and if so how you found it?

    Hello, i originally got into Essex and then swapped to CCCU as it was closer to home and commuted the 90 mile round trip every day to afford to keep my horse as well keeping a horse and living in halls would have been hideous, and well it still made me broke living at home keeping her and uni even with two jobs. I moved to Canterbury for my second year and was considering keeping her at the local riding school on a working livery, but I'd have to make up the short fall (mum wasn't prepared to spend more than the livery she was paying at home) and well I couldnt afford it. So she's now out on loan with view to buy, as in the end it worked out easier. But I do actually get a lot more reading done now, and it's given me the opportunity to focus on other sports that I didn't have the time to do so before, so it's a blessing in disguise. I captain the equestrian bucs and varsity teams now anyway so I'm still involved and have a lesson once a week to get a pony fix.
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    (Original post by Efoz)
    Hello, i originally got into Essex and then swapped to CCCU as it was closer to home and commuted the 90 mile round trip every day to afford to keep my horse as well keeping a horse and living in halls would have been hideous, and well it still made me broke living at home keeping her and uni even with two jobs. I moved to Canterbury for my second year and was considering keeping her at the local riding school on a working livery, but I'd have to make up the short fall (mum wasn't prepared to spend more than the livery she was paying at home) and well I couldnt afford it. So she's now out on loan with view to buy, as in the end it worked out easier. But I do actually get a lot more reading done now, and it's given me the opportunity to focus on other sports that I didn't have the time to do so before, so it's a blessing in disguise. I captain the equestrian bucs and varsity teams now anyway so I'm still involved and have a lesson once a week to get a pony fix.
    Thank you so much for this!! It's really helpful, I want to make the most out of my time at uni and I think I'm coming to realise that maybe taking my horse with me wouldn't be the best thing to do and would just put too much pressure on me money and time wise!! It's a really good point about bucs and uni teams as well, I made sure that everywhere I've applied has an equestrian team so I'd still be able
    To carry on with it!! Thank you very much
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    Haha that's okay. I tried it, but mum
    Sold my princess horse (my dream horse) as it just wasn't fair on her, as I'm doing a year abroad as well, so she'd be an old lady by the time id for back. And she's just sold our four year old. Where have you applied to? Pretty much all my close friends have been through the equestrian team, it's a brilliant thing to be a part of! It's also given me the chance to do some other sports that I couldn't do previously at school due to horses (although I did have 4 when in lower sixth - oops). It's bitter sweet. Although maybe it could potentially work if you could find someone to share the costs and work with?
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    I had to sell mne before I came to uni, honestly broke my heart. But there was no way I'd be able to afford to keep even one. My halls are over 5k a year, which leaves me with about 1k of student finance to live on. Which I know is a lot more than other people get but there is no way I could afford any vets fees, livery, farrier, tack, etc as well as supporting my studies. Textbooks alone are £50+.
    Also not many unis have close livery yards, so you may need a car. Which is more money on top.

    Personally I would have plenty of time to keep a horse so that wouldn't be an issue for me, although obviously depends on the course and the uni. I know some people have struggled with time and have sent their horse home half way through the year.

    It is perfectly do able, but you will have to look at the ins and outs of it.
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    My horse is at uni with me. I actually bought her while at uni. My previous one I sold mid-way through 1st year, I'd kept her at home and loaned her but that backfired! I had planned on having a bit of a break between horses but that didn't happen!

    It works well for me but I am at an Equine uni where all the lecturers appreciate that we have half ton toddlers to look after! Its expensive though, my parents help out partially on the livery and car front but I pay a fair bit myself. I don't miss out on socialising because almost all of us have to be up in the morning to muck out. If you're at a "proper uni" though, I can imagine it will impact on you life a fair amount.

    Personally I would say sell it or take it to uni with you. Don't loan unless you have a back-up plan. Suddenly having to do a 70 mile trip each way every weekend is awful.
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    This thread is probably the most middle class one on TSR since the merits of shopping at Waitrose.

    I must admit I was imagining some male feminist doing all the hard work while you and your friends were pulled around by the horse.
 
 
 
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