My horse came to univer­sity too

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I bought my horse Sonic af­ter my first year study­ing at Aberys­t­wyth Univer­sity, and he’s truly been a life­saver dur­ing my time there. I went through some hor­ri­ble liv­ing con­di­tions in year two and he made ev­ery day worth it. I work two jobs — one at a dairy farm and the other pet sit­ting — and al­though it’s hard work, it means I’m able to pay for Sonic, so I wouldn’t have it any other way. He lives out 24/7, which also makes things a lit­tle eas­ier on the money side. I ride four to five times a week. We only have ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties but, be­ing in Wales, the hack­ing is fan­tas­tic. We also com­pete oc­ca­sion­ally, hack­ing three hours each way to com­pe­ti­tions. We’ve been placed in all our dres­sage com­pe­ti­tions so far this year. I’m lucky enough to keep him on a friendly yard and, when I re­cently broke my wrist at a jump­ing com­pe­ti­tion, ev­ery­one kept an eye on Sonic while I couldn’t drive or ride. Sonic never fails to put a smile on my face. I’m so grate­ful to own him — he’s been a huge part of my univer­sity ex­pe­ri­ence. Eleanor Laws, Aberys­t­wyth

Your Horse writer Stacey Carter says: “Great work, Eleanor! My horse Buffy stayed at home when I dis­ap­peared to univer­sity and my mum had the job of look­ing af­ter her. So many peo­ple have to give up their steeds when they go away to study, so re­ally well done on bal­anc­ing the two and look­ing af­ter Sonic. Maybe oth­ers will feel in­spired to do the same.”

Eleanor di­vides her time be­tween her horse Sonic and s tudy­ing a t Aberys­t­wyth

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