New year, new semester, new horse?


Posted on February 1st, by Julia Bastian in Taking the Reins. No Comments

I don’t know about the rest of you, but by the last week of Christmas break, I was already looking forward to coming back to Findlay for the spring semester. While sitting at home and taking a break after finals was very relaxing, I started missing having classes and my time in the barn.

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Meet Bertha, my first horse assignment!

This semester, my classes consist of a mix of GE (general education) classes, barn classes and a business class, which is quite typical for an equestrian at Findlay. It’s recommended that you take a lot of the GEs during your freshman and sophomore years, so that there is more time for you to take the upper level classes that count toward your major(s) your junior and senior years.

This semester I’m taking: speech, English, statistics, management, the barn and (equine) judging. I’m really excited about judging class at the barn! We’re learning about conformation, how to identify a ‘superior’ horse in a variety of disciplines and how various conformational faults affect the individual horse.

Another highlight of coming back to school was meeting the new freshman horses! Several green-brokes that upperclassmen were riding last semester are now freshman horses. Not only do we have the chance to work with finished broke horses, but now have the chance to gain experience riding some green(er) horses too. Riding my own horse was a lot of fun, and very rewarding last semester, but I’m looking forward to riding the freshman horses and getting the opportunity to ride many different horses throughout this spring semester.

It’s already off to a great start. I cannot wait to see what all happens and how classes go!





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