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What it’s Like at Skidmore College When You’re Afraid of Horses (True Confessions of an Equinophobe)

Let’s start by saying I am not terrified of horses or anything. I just have a strong distaste for them. They are HUGE, they have human looking teeth, and their teeth take up more space in their heads than their brain does. I do not see a horse and have the same reaction that I do with a puppy, as some people on this campus do. I see a horse and try to give it its space in case it decides to do a horse freak out and kick someone in the face, cracking their skull. This happened to my mother when she was a child, so her telling me that story probably has something to do with instilling this fear in me.

I did already know that I had this apprehension around horses when I decided to apply early decision to be a Skidmore Thoroughbred. And since I had taken the tour of the campus, I knew that, unlike the Princeton Tigers, we had easy access to the creatures our school so closely identifies with. But I decided that I would push through this trepidation to attend a school I felt I really connected with – despite the knowledge that there would be horses. And horse lovers.

On campus, I don’t have to face my fear too often. While there are little cartoon horses and line drawings to show school spirit, I don’t have to be around an actual horse unless I put myself in that situation intentionally. Although the Thoroughbred costume has a particularly horrifying mask, I have asked, and this disturbs even my horse-loving friends.

Basically, this fear has not caused any real issues in my Skidmore career, and has made for a good anecdote when these seemingly benign animals are brought up. The only issue is when I do meet very horse-centric people they try to convert me to their horse-loving ways, and I still have trouble seeing past all the things about them I find creepy that I mentioned before. But despite all these, I am still happy to be a Thoroughbred.

Lily Warshaw

Skidmore '21

Lily is a sophomore at Skidmore College, studying art history. She has partaken in multiple visual art programs and classes, and interned at Tom Sachs Studio and in the costume department of the McKittrick Hotel. She is not very comfortable talking about herself in the third person, and if anyone finds her water bottle please let her know.
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