On the first day of class, said professor handed out notecards for us to fill out with the basic identifying characteristics as well as our horse experience and facts about ourselves. I think I must have put something like "Mary *******, freshman from ********, WV. Twelve years learning from the coolest horse people and wonderful horses, in possession of the best mare that has ever lived, and lover of every aspect of dressage:)"
That next class period after we filled out those info cards, Professor Equine looks around the room and says "Where's Mary *******?" All I could thinkg was "shit?!" I meekly raised my hand, and she points at me and says "your the dressage girl... You and I are going to get along well."
Well, thanks for totally calling me out in front of the entire class Professor Equine. Good thing I'm not nearly as debilitating lot shy as I used to be lol
Then I go to that show with Liz that she just happens to be judging...
After that I pretty much decided that I don't care if I get labeled at the biggest nerd in the room. I ask questions and bring of discussion points and I learn and absorb as much as I can.
So then last week, we had a Conformation lab at the farm. I drove over with a couple of my friends and we were chilling towards the back of the group. All of a sudden, I heard "Where's Mary? I need her." So I get to push my way to the front of the group and she looks at me and points to a stall and says "grab that horse and take her over to the indoor."
So I held horses why everyone walked around and evaluated different confirmation characteristics.
I won't complain because I got pony cuddle time:)
She's a great professor. I really really like her and I'm glad I ended up in this class. She has another class I'll probably try to take in the future too. I do definitely feel like I inadvertently became the professor's pet, though lol.
WVU actually has a really nice horse facility. The barn is nice, the pastures are great and both the indoor and outdoor rings are clearly well maintained. I was impressed and I look forward to going back next week for a dental lab.
I don't have my horse, but I've found some ways to keep close to horses in the college life. I'm thankful for that.
Mia--to be honest I don't know what she is, but she had a very hunter-type build (more substance than your typical TB. Maybe warmblood? Appendix? Not sure.
Either way, she was super sweet.