College is so many things. It’s a whirlwind of stress, changes, successes, failures, and new adventures. It has definitely been the source of change in my life.
You see, ever since my horse and I packed our bags and left for college, my life as a competitor in the horse show world has come to a sudden halt. My life has been so consumed by hectic due dates and mountains of homework that my days of spending hours at the farm as a barn rat have come to an end.
Now, my days consist of trying to get to classes on time, juggling countless hours of studying and homework, and caring for my semi-retired horse, D. I no longer get to spend my days schooling horses at the farm or competing at horse shows on the weekend. That part of my life has been put on hold.
I can’t tell you how much I miss waking up to the smell of sweet feed and freshly cleaned tack on frosty winter show mornings, the sound of hoof beats in the air as competitors warm up their horses in the arenas before classes begin, the adrenaline as the buzzer sounds, signaling the start of the timer in the jumper ring, or the sound of horses peacefully nibbling on hay and competitors laughing in the evenings after a long day of horse showing. Those are the things that I miss the most.
Despite having to take a step back from that part of my life, I have come to college eager to learn with a work ethic bettered by the lessons taught to me by the horse world. After all, as riders, we are taught that in order to be successful, you must give it your all. It doesn’t matter if that applies to spending countless hours schooling your horse to win that class or hitting the books in the library to get that A – hard work pays off.
I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me!
This is just the beginning.