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        04-20-2014, 01:23 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by SullysRider    
    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...
    I don't want to be a trainer anytime soon lol that is a life aspiration and not a top one lol I wanted to open my own stables someday and be able to give things like lessons and just have a good facility, but I also want to improve my riding and learn to show horses and or train horses as an aspiration on top of running stables.

    Just those are my overall goals I guess. I want to work in the horse industry and whether it be riding peoples horses, which means improving my riding or even getting into massage therapy and looking into doing that at big events. Those would be goals. Im just looking for a good overall equine school to start that direction.
         
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        04-20-2014, 01:39 PM
      #12
    Started
    IMO you would be as well to try for a working student arrangement. That's a huge amount of money for what you could get paid for while receiving lessons.
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        04-20-2014, 01:42 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Maple    
    IMO you would be as well to try for a working student arrangement. That's a huge amount of money for what you could get paid for while receiving lessons.
    Yeah I agree. From what I was reading a moment ago about MM, the students they are graduating don't know jack about horses or how to ride and if they are allowing things like that to happen, makes me question their teaching ways and if they actually care. That came from lots of people who hired MM graduates.

    So given that apparently I won't be wanting to go there and especially for the cost, what is a working student arrangement?
         
        04-21-2014, 05:23 AM
      #14
    Started
    Working student positions suit some, but not others. They are very popular over here and while I'm not a huge fan when it comes to people who are well schooled and have a lot of experience I think it may suit yourself.

    It is really a job, with very little pay. In return for the work, you normally receive lessons, hands on experience and accommodation. Some supply basic food and daily basic care. It is normally a lot of work, including weekends/shows/events/whatever else BUT can teach you a huge amount about all aspects of the care/riding of horses and it also tends to open doors when you become a familiar face at the shows/ect as other trainers will get to meet you.
         
        04-25-2014, 05:11 PM
      #15
    Foal
    If you intend to eventually own your own stables, you'll be owning your own business. You may think you want to be a trainer or stable owner, but when it comes down to it, you want to be an entrepreneur. The best thing you can do for yourself is get a degree in Business. I don't think I can stress that enough.

    If you ever watch the show "Shark Tank" a lot of people go on there and pitch their great ideas, but they end up getting turned down because they have made terrible business decisions. Owning a business is hard enough - but actually understanding how to and actually making money takes a decent education and lots of experience.

    My current trainer, who happens to be the best trainer I've ever worked with has gained her experience by being a working student and various well known farms around the country. She toughed it out for several years, but it's paid off greatly.

    Personally, seeing 'Meredith Manor" on a resume wouldn't mean a lick to me. But seeing many barns and trainers that you have worked with does!
         
        05-04-2014, 08:08 AM
      #16
    Foal
    For the working student positions at our farm, we don't mind inexperience around the barn or less experienced riders. Typically it is fairly easy for a trainer with 30+ years experience to shape a less experienced rider, but it takes MONTHS to undo bad habits or incorrect riding! We have an amazing barn manager who loves to teach and bring the working students along to a high standard of barn management (though she can be demanding), and as the head trainer, I enjoy teaching people to ride and balancing and correcting flaws in the seat. My assistant trainer is excellent and teaches when I am away giving clinics or showing, so there are no days without lessons unless we all decide on a "blow off "day and go trail riding!!! I sent you a private message. Our program may be what you need for your jump start!
         
        06-07-2014, 11:34 AM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by hornedfrog89    

    If you ever watch the show "Shark Tank" a lot of people go on there and pitch their great ideas, but they end up getting turned down because they have made terrible business decisions. Owning a business is hard enough - but actually understanding how to and actually making money takes a decent education and lots of experience.

    My current trainer, who happens to be the best trainer I've ever worked with has gained her experience by being a working student and various well known farms around the country. She toughed it out for several years, but it's paid off greatly.
    Couldn't agree more.

    However, until you actually visit and spend some time at MM you should take comments with a grain of salt. I once too thought about MM and went to visit as well, ya sure the "school/barn" looks more like a backyard rider type place, yes the "dorms" were a bit small, but the structure of the program kept me interested. The horses were not kept in an unhealthy environment and were physically fit. It also seemed to me that you were given the chance to interact with a wide variety of horses through out a single day! In which, you gain a lot of experience in just handling different horses. I never attended MM, only visited, my life took me to other avenues. I also personally visited Averett University, University of Findlay, Otterbein College, and Robert O Mayer Riding Academy....All I'm saying is that you never really know until you go and see physically for yourself and spend a little time.
         
        07-31-2014, 09:11 PM
      #18
    Foal
    If you want to talk with a former MM student, here I am. I attended Meredith Manor in the early '90s.
    Meredith Manor is an elaborate fraud. Your money would be put to better use as toilet paper.
    1. I have yet to find a college or university that will accept MM credit.
    2. I have yet to meet a graduate gainfully employed BECAUSE or in spite of their MM degree. -This exclude MM employees.
    3. All positive reviews I've read on MM were either written by employees or students desperate to believe they aren't being cheated. Magazine articles are very often unobjective since their sources are either interviews with MM staff or info-mercial style articles written by MM staff.
    4. I have yet to meet an employer that has something positive to say about a MM graduate.

    The facilities are crap. The horses, though often decent enough are rescue horses, student horses, etc. The one or two premium horses you will only ride if MM needs to impress you or your parents. If you need to impress MM, forget about it. They have too many students and parents to impress first. Yes, they are very mercenary. The instructors are under qualified. Some very much so.

    I'm not the only graduate that feels this way about MM. If you were even tempted to go to Meredith Manor, stop, turn around and run away, very fast. They are complete frauds, that are only after your money. Get yourself a real degree, from a real accredited college or university, preferably in business management so you can run a farm. Better horsemanship can be learned for next to nothing as a working student. If you want certification, go to Britain and become a working student and take the British Horse Society exams. It'll cost you pennies to the dollar what a MM certificate will cost and is far more widely recognised.
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        07-31-2014, 11:10 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    ^Wow, that's so unfortunate... But sort of as I expected... ):
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        08-04-2014, 12:14 AM
      #20
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Nemo von Klepper    
    If you want to talk with a former MM student, here I am. I attended Meredith Manor in the early '90s.
    Meredith Manor is an elaborate fraud. Your money would be put to better use as toilet paper.
    1. I have yet to find a college or university that will accept MM credit.
    2. I have yet to meet a graduate gainfully employed BECAUSE or in spite of their MM degree. -This exclude MM employees.
    3. All positive reviews I've read on MM were either written by employees or students desperate to believe they aren't being cheated. Magazine articles are very often unobjective since their sources are either interviews with MM staff or info-mercial style articles written by MM staff.
    4. I have yet to meet an employer that has something positive to say about a MM graduate.

    The facilities are crap. The horses, though often decent enough are rescue horses, student horses, etc. The one or two premium horses you will only ride if MM needs to impress you or your parents. If you need to impress MM, forget about it. They have too many students and parents to impress first. Yes, they are very mercenary. The instructors are under qualified. Some very much so.

    I'm not the only graduate that feels this way about MM. If you were even tempted to go to Meredith Manor, stop, turn around and run away, very fast. They are complete frauds, that are only after your money. Get yourself a real degree, from a real accredited college or university, preferably in business management so you can run a farm. Better horsemanship can be learned for next to nothing as a working student. If you want certification, go to Britain and become a working student and take the British Horse Society exams. It'll cost you pennies to the dollar what a MM certificate will cost and is far more widely recognised.

    Honestly, probably one of the best comments given on this thread. You have very valid points, and coming from a prior student as well. I have noticed everything you have pointed out, and your post only helps really clarify the reality of it. I can see that they are definitely more concerned about my money and impressing everyone to get it, it is VERY costly from what I looked into. I also have never heard a good comment about a graduate from an employer. Also what you have said about the posts, articles, interviews is true as well. Definitely a no-go for me and I hope I can forward some of this information on to others I know looking into it. Thank you!!!


    ***on a side note, I am currently finishing up my associates for farm and ranch management (includes farm agriculture, cattle & equine and a lot of business classes plus generals of course) and looking into getting a bachelors, but havent decided exactly where or what yet. I chose my associates because I feel its a very versatile degree with lots of business courses as well.
         

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