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post #1 of 27 Old 10-21-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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A question for breeding and training farms?

I don't know if this is the appropriate place to put this but I hope so.

I'm a senior in high school this year and all set to graduate in 2013 and right now is the time to be filling out applications.

I'm considering Meredith Manor because I desperately want to be a horse trainer and I was there and they may not have a lot but the horses looked happy and there's a lot that you can learn there and it all hands on.

The problem? I've heard a lot of controversy about this school and a lot of questioning of the health conditions. The horses I saw were healthy and I went through every barn.

So my question is... which would you prefer?

A horse trainer from Meredith Manor? or a trainer from places like Becker College or Virginia Intermont with a major in equine studies\management?

*If this is the wrong place to put this I am SO SO SO sorry! I'm pretty new here.*

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post #2 of 27 Old 10-21-2012, 09:38 PM
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I'm not a major stable manager/owner, but if I were, I would hire someone from a decent school like Becker or Virginia In. before I looked at someone from Meredith Manor. The school does, unfortunately, have a reputation, and I question the actual education students get from it
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post #3 of 27 Old 10-21-2012, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I just want any insight. I would like to be able to get a job after college lol

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post #4 of 27 Old 10-21-2012, 09:58 PM
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I have also worked with some grads from Morrisville in NY. I will say they all had jobs, but the ones I know are all western disciplines-like WP and reining. I do think they have others, not sure. My BO went to Intermont-many years ago, like 15-20, but then went to coach another collegiate team and teach for several years......I will be interested to hear the opinions.

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post #5 of 27 Old 10-21-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Okay here's a sample of both programs... another question is do you want certifications or real-live experience?

MM- 1 quarter, MM's Training I goes to training VI then certification

Weekly Topics:The basic content of the Training Program is presented in Training I.
Week 1. Turn-out Procedure: Body influence and position; safety corner; safety
Week 2. Assessing Level of Training and Condition of Horse: Responses to Handling – grooming & leading; Reaction to Pressure – moving into & away from; General Condition – physical & mental
Week 3. Heeding: Proper Equipment; Body Position and Influence; Corridor of Aids; Setting a Cadence; Setting a Length of Stride
Week 4. Grooming: Graining the Horse’s Trust; Developing Communication Appropriate Passive Restraints; Correct Use of Equipment
Week 5. Pre-Lunging: Proper Procedure; Introduction to Shape; Positioning for Safety; Introduction to Equipment – surcingle, lunge line, lunge whip, bridle/drop nose band, saddle, side reins; Balance; Rhythm; Relaxation; Beginning Obedience to Aids
Week 6. Introduction and Use of Equipment: Introducing New Equipment Piece by Piece; Using Familiar Shapes to Develop an Acceptance of Equipment
Week 7. Mounting: Techniques for Keeping Horse Calm and Trusting; Developing Camaraderie
Week 8. Mounted Training: Selection of Equipment Appropriate to Riding Discipline; Introduction to Weight of Rider with Assistance of Handler; Development of Balance with Rider at Walk & Trot; Lunging with Rider – developing rhythm, developing relaxation, freedom of gaits, introduction of aids; Riding Free in the Arena – Following horse’s movement; Using Weight Aids
Week 9. History: Discussion of Eastern American, Western American, and European Riding Styles; Horse Industry in the United States
Week 10. Knots
Week 11. Bits
Week 12. School Mission and Policy; Exams
VIC- BA-Degree

EQUINE STUDIES (Major requirements)

Eqst Fundamentals (5)

Intro Show Ring Comp I

Intro Show Ring Comp II

Stable Management I

Stable Management II

Schooling Techniques

Horse Show Management & Judging

Methods of Teaching

Equine Nutrition

Farrier Science

Equine Anat/Phys/First Aid

Methods of Teaching II

Conformation & Selection

Equine Business Management

Equine Health Management

Senior Seminar

Equine Health & Breeding

Equine Studies Internship


Heal 201
General Safety Education & First Aid


Foundational Requirements

Eng 101 or 103
Eng 102 or 104

Math 131, 140, 151, or 152

Healthy Lifestyle
PE Activity Courses

Comprehensive Studies Requirements
Areas of Study

Natural & Behavioral Sciences (Lab Sciences)
Biol , Chem, Phsc, Phys or Psy

Humanity in History
Hist 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, or 202

Religious & Philosophical Studies
Clas 302, 304 or Phil or Rel

Literary Art
Eng 200 Level Literature or Eng 317, 318, 319, 320

Political & Economic Systems
Clas 303 or Econ 200, 201 or PoSc 200, 201, 300, 305

Social & Cultural Studies
Cul 200, 201 or Psy 101 or Soc 201, 202, 306

Visual & Performing Arts
Art 100, 309, 310, 329, 330, or Phot 110 or Mus 210 or Thea 210, 315, 316


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While I think a certificate or degree is great, I'll take the guy who's been apprenticing for 5 years under a successful trainer, who has an excellent seat and rapport with the horses, an extensive show record and can show how he's helped that big name trainer's program expand. You cannot beat real world, hands on experience with horses.
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post #7 of 27 Old 10-21-2012, 10:52 PM
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Agreed dreamcatcher.

Go find a job at a barn, under a good trainer, and learn there. A degree is fine and dandy but why would you spend that much for something, when it's not worth as much as the better reputation you get from working cheaper?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #8 of 27 Old 10-21-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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My reasons for going to college is so i have a degree to fall back on. Not a lot of people can support themselves training horses alone. :\

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Then go to college and become a nurse or nurse practioner, that way you can support yourself really well, train and show on the side but not be dependent on it.

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I did one of these up here in Canada. Paid $10,000 and went a year and then worked for a trainer that showed Arabians to the national level, and I learned WAY more there then I did at school.
Do it if this is what your heart desires, and have fun!

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