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post #1 of 24 Old 11-22-2009, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Question Meredith Manor

I've been looking at different horse colleges, and so far I've been liking the way Meredith Manor looks. I would really like to become a trainer for both horses and people some day, and with so much hands on work and being well recognized they seem like a good prospect. I was wondering if anyone who has attended their school could give me some information. Like whether you liked it or not and why. Did they have good cirriculum? Don't be afraid to complain about it a little, even if overall you liked it. I know it's not going to be 100% perfect . I'm just looking for an overveiw from students, or people who have checked it out on campus. If you have graduated and found a career thanks to MM it'd be awesome to hear from you too!!!

Also I was wondering if you think they would except an emancipated minor, who has either got a GED or graduated early from highschool with 10 years of experience with horses, 7 years really working with them, and 6 years of owning them. (basically me except for the emancipated/GED part) I'm still in highschool right now, in 10th grade trying to get an idea of what I'd like to do. I'm also thinking about looking at some business courses because I know it can be difficult getting into the horse world.

Please, any and all input would be greatly appreciated!!

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post #2 of 24 Old 11-22-2009, 02:35 AM
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Hmmm....is Dennis Callin still associated with MM?
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-22-2009, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Umm... I looked on the staff page and I didn't see a Dennis Callin. Why? If you don't mind me asking. Here is their staff page: Administrative Staff & Faculty: Equine Education

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Just some really bad experiences with him when he was training in Colorado. I ended up retraining a couple of his clients horses after he left. They were very "damaged". I heard he changed a lot of his rough techniques after working with Kay meredith, though.
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post #5 of 24 Old 11-22-2009, 11:32 PM
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I cant speak for " horse specific schools" but I went to middle tennessee state university and spent a little time in the horse science program as well as the equestrian team. it was a lot of fun as well as enjoying a large university atmosphere. I got in with a ged. long story but I got it my second semester of my senior year and I got a pretty high score.

Ive heard auburn university has a strong program. Iam not very familiar with many schools outside of the south.

I feel like I have been in college my whole life and Ive heard so many people say do what you love! hope this helps a little :)

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post #6 of 24 Old 11-23-2009, 02:55 AM
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I went to Virginia Intermont College after being dead set on Colorado State University all 4 years in HS. I chose Intermont because of the training and showing aspect versus the more scientifical approach CSU was famous for. Intermont was one of the few with a GOOD dressage/event instructor (was with the O'Conners for a while) and all their instructors were highly qualified. Their IHSA, IDA teams are extremely competitive and always place on top.

I considered MM but decided against it because #1 their accomodations looked like a hell hole, I mean school buses that have been converted to single occupancy dorms??? Being away from home is hard enough with out having to deal with that BS not that Intermont a Hilton but better than most schools.#2 I wanted an actual Bachelors in case I moved on to a different career.(However, looking at their site it looks like they've arranged a bachelors degree through an affiliate school).

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post #7 of 24 Old 11-23-2009, 05:51 AM
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Love to go there. Already saving up for the Riding Master VI course. My parents are aware of this and sort of disaprove of it being in America. But it would be worth it.
Anyone know if they tend to accept Internationals, particularly Australians?
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post #8 of 24 Old 11-28-2009, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Allison- I see, thanks for the info. I'll keep an eye out for him, and make sure I check into his current techniques if he's somewhere I'm considering!!!

Amende- Ahh, okay! I'll look into those colleges that you mentioned!!! I know, I'm shooting to do what I love! And that's working with horses! I'd like to become a horse trainer, maybe travel around a bit and eventally maybe start my own clinic or ranch :] It did help! Thanks!

stralinestables- Does Virginia Intermont College offer Western courses also? Just curious, I have a friend who has been an English riding instructor/horse trainer for years, so I was thinking about learning that side from her. I do ride western pleasure, but I'd like to get into things like barrels, and maybe some cattle work (if colleges even offer that kind of thing) haha Thank you!

Gidji- Very cool!! I think I saw that they do somewhere on their site, if you look around it you can probably contact someone and ask if they don't clearify on their website!

Anyone else who has attended a horse college, please let me know which one and what your experience was! Everyone is being extremely helpful! Thank you!

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No intermont doesn't do western pleasure. If you want western come, to Texas. A&M has both english and western.. no dressage though which was important to me. A&M has a pretty good team too.

Go to the IHSA website and check out all the colleges and what they have.

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post #10 of 24 Old 11-29-2009, 06:21 PM
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I haven't gone to collage since im 13 but i really like the looks of NDSU(North Dakota State University), they do alot of work on training out there, they give intro to vet, and i think maybe farrier, they do genetics and some other cool things! I really want to go there just seems like it would be a nice school.
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