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    04-20-2014, 12:56 PM
Meredith Manor equine school-- heard of it?

I have highly admired Meredith Manor IEC for a few years now. I want to know if any of you have been there or what your opinion is on the school.

It's a lot of riding time to improve my own riding skills too. I already ride daily and do NVRHA shows but I want to learn to ride better and train horses and maybe even train reining horses later. I want to open up a facility of my own and start a business in the equine industry. I'm also looking at their equine massage therapy. Possibly their leather working too.

Here is the link for the school http://

Watch the main video if you want an idea...

Also my other thought was this school is 25,000 for a 9 month program. Being I. The horse industry and the amount of training I would be getting what do you think of that price??

Does anyone know of other schools similar to this one but in a different state?

Please share your opinions with me! I want to go horse industry regardless of what anyone says because it's what I love and I am determined to make it a career even if I have to relocate and work my butt off.

Thank you
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    04-20-2014, 01:02 PM
I've heard pretty much only bad things about the program. Really bad student housing, the horses are all in bad shape, etc. Also the price seems pretty steep for how short it is and what it involves. Honestly if you really want to be a trainer, a degree won't matter, studying under the right trainers and taking on projects will get you out there.
    04-20-2014, 01:10 PM
My personal opinion is that if you want a job in the horse industry get an apprentiship with a trainer. That holds more weight in my experience than any 'Equine Degree' (and cheaper too!)
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    04-20-2014, 01:25 PM
It wouldn't be a degree, I would just get a lot of hands on learning time. Trainers go through help in a snap and usually want people who are already on the higher end anyways. They don't have time to teach me to do things so that I can do them. That's been the experience with other girls in my current college with working for trainers.. I just feel like the specific and intense riding with people telling me how to do it and how to train horses would work nice, more like a 9 month clinic rather than working for someone who already doesn't have time to teach me?
    04-20-2014, 01:32 PM
So you want to go to the school to learnt the basics it sounds like? I've worked under a trainer before, and I was riding several horses a day and getting free lessons at the same time. She really helped me a lot, and I learned a lot. Perhaps your friends are just working under "trainers" and not the good/right ones. Or perhaps the trainers feel like they lack the skills? I've never heard of working under a trainer being a bad, pointless thing.
    04-20-2014, 01:55 PM
I know how to ride I would say intermediate. I've never had lessons or really anyone to show me exactly how to ride right so I can ride just fine in my own standards and jar had little instruction through the years but I just think I need to be more advanced to work with a trainer or something? I'm not sure who I would look into that would offer that.

And just like carol rose is who a lot of people I know go to and they are in and out. If they don't ride the way the trainer likes they can find a new person to ride for them etc type experiences. Not saying everywhere but that's what we hear a lot
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    04-20-2014, 02:00 PM
"I've never had lessons or really anyone to show me exactly how to ride right"

You need years of training, lessons and showing before you will be any good to a real trainer. Meredith Manor is not the place you need to start.
    04-20-2014, 02:12 PM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
"I've never had lessons or really anyone to show me exactly how to ride right"

You need years of training, lessons and showing before you will be any good to a real trainer. Meredith Manor is not the place you need to start.

Yea that's what I'm trying to say as far as working for a trainer I just don't have the knowledge and experience for that.

I've been on a NVRHA team with my current college for over a year and I'm not a bad rider by any means I just haven't had many "technicals" taught to me. I've had opinions on how people do it and all but never much of a structured lesson. I do versatility shows but that's all I've done and I'm still learning how to improve on those.

But yea I already know I am no material to shadow any trainer right now, so that's not really an option lol
    04-20-2014, 02:14 PM
I've more or less self taught. I taught myself over the years how to ride and watched videos on how to improve myself with my seat and all that and how to work horses and I've had people over the years show me little things but yeah that's about as far as my learning has gone. Mainly I just have taught myself, so I don't have the technicals and all that like people who train or take lessons do.
    04-20-2014, 02:17 PM
Then unfortunately you are quite far away from being a trainer, like Dreamcatcher said, you need years of lessons, showing, and training. I really don't think Meredith Manor will do you any good, perhaps start with lessons and go to college for something else in the meantime? Because unfortunately being a trainer isn't really in any near future...

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