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5 Benefits to Becoming a College Equestrian

Hi again 🙂

I hope you're enjoying, or enjoyed, your spring break. As many students are making their final college decisions, I thought I would share my thoughts on the benefits of the college-equestrian-life. William Woods' Equestrian Science program brings many students to campus who are interested in pursuing an equine education. There are many adjustments to make when transitioning to a college equestrian atmosphere, versus a riding or lesson program at home, but below I have listed out the great advantages.

Learning anatomy by painting a horse.

Learning anatomy by painting a horse.

  1. Lots of People to Learn From

Some students may come from large barns, but the vast majority of people probably don't experience an equestrian environment as rich and diverse as William Woods'. There are so many students and faculty with a variety of experiences to learn from. If you want to know about something horse-related at William Woods, there's someone or some resource that can help you on campus.

  1. Lots of Horses to Learn From

Just as there are many people to learn from, there are a variety of horses, too. In a lesson program, a student might ride a few horses, but at William Woods there are over 150 to experience! They come from so many backgrounds and teach the students how to handle to many situations.

  1. Multiple Disciplines

Most students come from barns that only featured one discipline, but at William Woods you can experience one of four seats! While many people have a seat in mind when they start riding, it's not uncommon for a student to find a new seat they enjoy. The environment at William Woods allows students to do a lot of exploration and experimentation.

  1. Classroom Instruction
My roommate, Catie, hugs Magic the barn cat.

When you're not learning, you can cuddle with one of the three barn cats.

Many lesson programs are solely focused on riding, but here at WWU students not only learn while riding but in the classroom, too. There is so much to learn about handling and healing horses, and much of that instruction starts in the classroom.

  1. Care, Care, and More Care

Before I started school at William Woods, I had never administered any medication, wrapped a leg, or taken a horse's vitals. Now I have done it all dozens of times. It's the hands-on atmosphere that taught me all of these skills, which I had never learned by taking lessons.

There's a lot to learn as an equestrian, and William Woods can teach you anything.



6 Essentials Every College Girl Needs

Are you wondering what to pack before you come to college? I have the 6 essentials that you will need!

1. Leggings- these are your option when jeans just aren’t working for you. They are comfortable and you can wear them pretty much with anything. BUT please make sure they are opaque!

My favourite look- leggings and Tennis shoes

My favourite look- leggings and Tennis shoes

2. Crew Neck Sweatshirt- like leggings, these are very comfortable and look even better if you show off your school spirit. You can buy WWU sweaters from the logo store in the McNutt center!

3. Jeans- perfect because you can dress up or down with them. Skinny jeans can make you feel like Tyra banks and there all cuts, shapes, sizes to flatter ANY body.

4. Oversized Hoodies- great for the nights when you just want to relax around your residence hall and feel comfortable. They also look good with leggings and jeans!

5. Tennis Shoes- I only wore tennis shoes when I worked out at home. Since coming to America, I have bought 5 pairs over the 4 years. These shoes are perfect to slip on when you’re running late for class and they also look great with jeans and leggings. It just depends what type they are!

6. Sweat-Pants- these are your best friend when you’re having a lazy day. You’d be surprised about how many people do actually rock the sweat pant look daily!

I hope this helps folks. My style had to be altered when I came to America; everything is so relaxed and free. You can basically rock anything and nobody will judge you!

Happy Holidays ☺