Monday, June 4, 2012

A Horse is a Horse of Course of Course


The horses at our college's horse farm

The college that I work at has an equine program. It's actually the program that we're probably the most known for. Because of our equine program, we have a beautiful horse farm adjacent to campus. Sometimes, on my lunch break, I walk over to the horse farm and enjoy these amazing and beautiful creatures. I started doing this back in the fall and it really is one of the most wonderful parts of my day.

We're a rural college to begin with, so the combination of our rural location and the horse farm makes for such a beautifully serene experience. When I am at the horse farm, all the sounds of mankind (cars, people talking, machinery) are nowhere to be heard - save for the occasional tractor in the distance. It is medicine for the soul, as I like to say.

I really want to learn more about horses. One of the things on my "2012 bucket list" is to take horseback riding lessons. Do you like horses? Have you ever ridden?

23 comments:

  1. I spent a lot of time around horses when I was in middle school, and I'd always been obsessed with horses. I took riding lessons for 3 or 4 years, participated in (horseless) horsemanship in 4-H, and finally "borrowed" a horse the summer after 7th grade so I could learn what it was like to daily care for a horse. I drifted away from horses in high school and college, and one of my college regrets is not joining the equestrian club. Just in the last couple weeks, I've found some horse farms in my area that I'm going to start calling and see if they want any volunteers. I just want to be around horses again! Oh, and we recently watched the documentary "Buck," about the man who was inspiration for the character of "The Horse Whisperer." It was so good! You should definitely take riding lessons--good horsemanship teaches us so much about ourselves and life in general.

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  2. My grandparents had a ranch, so I learned how to ride and care for horses early on. They are beautiful, amazing creatures.

    I love the smell of hay, and the barn, and horse as he's being groomed. It's a unique experience.

    Definitely get working on that Bucket List!!

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  3. I ridden horses, but not lately. There are beautiful places to ride, where I live, including trails that take you to the Pacific ocean.

    Horse riding can give you a workout, plus it's scenic, like cycling.

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  4. Beautiful!!!
    My Grandma had a horse when I was growing up. Her name was Joelle. We didn't ride her but she loved hanging out with us! My Grandpa on my other side had horses too and I got to ride them. Pretty fun! You should try it for sure!

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  5. Horses seem so wise to me. Looking in their eyes, it's as though they have a wonderful secret to share. I have gone on some trail rides in the mountains, but I don't get to spend too much time around horses. What a great opportunity to experience some serenity in your day. I wonder how many others form the college follow this type of lunchtime ritual...

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  6. I love horses and always wanted to ride. Especially when I was a kid. Back then I bought horse magazines, read books about horses, and also had some for my dolls. I still love them. I once rode on a donkey, but not yet on a horse.

    For me horses have something that is calming me down.

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  7. Horses are amazing! My grandpa used to take us on rides up in the mountains when we were younger - I really miss those days. About 20 miles outside of town we have a herd (?) of wild mustangs. Going to watch those is too cool!

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  8. I adore horses and I've had a few lessons here and there. I always find them so cheeky and sweet. It's nice having a bit of the countryside close to your college too, it's similar to my university's campus. xxx

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  9. Horseback riding is so fun! My sisters and I have gone a few times...mostly when we went on vacation somewhere. It is a fun experience...every horse has a different and unique personality.

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  10. I love horses! Unfortunately, I've never been riding. I did get to pose with one on a photo-shoot though :) It took me a bit to not feel nervous (even though I'm tall, I'm not used to being around animals that are larger than me!) but, once I did, we were best friends. He would nuzzle up against me and rest his face by mine. An experience I'll never forget!

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  11. I have a love for horses, especially since I was told that my 'spirit animal' is a horse! They are unique creatures for sure. I've never rode a horse, but I hope to someday!

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  12. We did a horse ride ON THE BEACH in Cape San Blas. You must do it while you're there! Schedule it at sunset. Beautiful!

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  13. I love horses, always have. When I was a young girl, I devoured books about horses. We lived on a farm, but my parents didn't let me get a horse--said it was too expensive and time-consuming. I've been on a horse only once. I'd love to take riding lessons too. Go for it!

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  14. While I don't have a particular interesting in horseback riding (hopeless city kid), I do know someone who is completely obsessed with horses and would like very much to know where this magical equine college is located.

    I understand the appeal of getting away from all the noise though...

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  15. It looks like a peaceful spot. That's awesome that the school you work for has horses. My school had whale bones and a fish hatchery, but no horses.

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  16. I use to ride horses when I was younger. My grandparents had some as well as a friend of mine. I love to watch them run across the field. You can almost see the smile on their faces when they have room to run free. I love that!

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  17. That's so cool that you have horses near campus! Very cool. I personally don't really like horses, but this is because one stepped on me when I was around 7 years old. Needless to say I've been afraid of them ever since, but I have ridden them despite this. (But I'm pretty sure the horses knew I was nervous because they can sense things like that.)

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  18. You too, have a lovely week! xxx

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  19. I have a huge affinity for horses. I rode a bit as a teenager and a little in college. I work out in rural Chardon, Ohio, so I'm lucky in that on my commute to work everyday, I pass many horse farms. They never fail to draw a smile. Not long ago, I posted on my Facebook wall: I passed six beautiful horses grazing in a field on my way into work today, cloaked by the sun. My immediate thought: "I'd give anything to be you for just one day."

    Lovely post

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  20. Beautiful photo! It has been so nice these past few days in Kentucky... makes me almost rethink wanting to run away back to the beach... almost ;)
    I know what you mean about going to horse farms, or even just driving out in the country and being away from all of the hustle and bustle. It's the most serene feeling in the world. It would definitely make returning to work after lunch break difficult for me!
    I've only gone horseback riding a couple of times in my life, which is kinda sad isn't it? Being Kentuckians we should probably be pros or something. But the last time we went was a couple years ago at the beach and it was so much fun. Riding a horse about the ocean is pretty amazing.

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  21. I grew up in Texas, riding here and there on friend's houses, mostly bare back. I recently started taking lessons as part of physical therapy and I love it! You should definitely do it. I

    I have dreams of one day living on a horse farm.

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  22. I love horses! They are gorgeous animals. I actually didn't care one way or another about horses until I as a junior in high school. A good friend of my family has horses and I was able to spend a lot of time at the stables with her. I love horseback riding. It's very strange at first, but once you get used to it, it's amazing. I hope you get to do that soon!

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  23. It's a secret dream of mine to learn horse riding and own a horse. I always say i love big cities but in case that doesn't work out, a horse and a rural city will make me happy! I rode a horse when i was younger. It was truly a great feeling!

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