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post #11 of 24 Old 11-29-2009, 09:16 PM
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Findlay Unv has one of the top Equestrian programs around when it comes to training. They offer both western and english. They also have a vet part to it too so you can go on if you wish.

However I will say this from a person who uses trainers quite a bit for all my show horses. I do not care where you went to school. You can have all the degrees out the rear and I will not send you a horse. I have found over the years the best trainers are the ones who train under some of the top trainers in their discipline. I look for proven trainers. Most of the best never set foot in a school to learn their trade. So if what you want to do is train horses. Think hard about going to school for it. I can not speak to some of the other schools but Findlay is about $30K/Year.

However a good education in NEVER wasted. I just would not go for equestrian studies unless you want to go in to vet school or some other area like that. If you want to be a trainer get a good business education apprentice under a top trainer in your sport and go from there.

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post #12 of 24 Old 11-29-2009, 10:06 PM
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I agree with starlinestables....I considered it not so long ago, but their accomodations are complete crap. And if you want any kind of civilization, forget about it.

If you want to get an equine science degree or a degree in equine management, try for Stephens College. Its in Columbia Missouri, only a short walk away from the state school and just down the road from an all-mens military academy (its an all girls school). I ended up going to an in state school, but I took a tour of the place and it is AHMAZING. the only real down turn is that its a private school, so its 40k a year, but they're pretty generous with their financial aid and scholarship help.

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They do have Western courses, and a fantastic barn with lesson horses on site if you can't bring your own. Students get reduced board, and they have an equestrian team.
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I've looked at Meridith Manor and it looks like absolute trash to me. I've never been there in person so I can't give a true opinion on it. But from what I've seen of their website it would not be a school I would want to attend. Especially considering what they use for "dorms" and housing.

I received a small scholarship from VI from when I attended the open house and did a test ride. But so far VI and Centenary are my top choices.

Findlay has a western program that's pretty large and Centenary is "attempting" to start one.

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I will say this from a person who uses trainers quite a bit for all my show horses. I do not care where you went to school. You can have all the degrees out the rear and I will not send you a horse. I have found over the years the best trainers are the ones who train under some of the top trainers in their discipline. I look for proven trainers. Most of the best never set foot in a school to learn their trade. So if what you want to do is train horses. Think hard about going to school for it.
nrhareiner- That's very good advice thank you! You see, I'd mostly be going to Meredith Manor to get Western skills. I ride western pleasure, but I'd like to learn reining, barrels, that kind of thing (sorry if thats in the same catagory ) haha I have a filly (will be 2yrs on Jan. 16th) that I'm training right now. This summer I'm taking her to my friends and then we are going to really start training her so that we can start getting on. My friend has learned under big named English trainers when she was my age (she's told me their names, but I've forgotten). Like I said I would probably learn most if not all my English from her. I don't really know anyone to teach me western though. I have distant family up in Montana who work on cattle ranches that I've thought about getting ahold of and seeing if they'd take me on.

I really haven't thought about that until you mentioned it, but how would you start learning under a top trainer? Like an internship, or clinic? My goals right now are:
1.) To find someone to teach me western in depth and
2.) learn how to train a western horse, wether it be pleasure, reining, ect..
Do you have a rough idea at how much it would cost? Would a horse trainer teach ME how to ride (persay because I am in general an intermedate/adv. rider) in reining, barrels, cutting ect...? Wow, you totally have my mind reeling in a whole new direction haha THANKS!!!

justsambam09, Royal Affair, and everyone else, thank you! I don't think I'll be attending Meredith Manor! If anyone knows the answers to my questions above please speak up!!! I'm open to ALL ideas!!! Thansk!!!

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Basically you find a trainer who needs help. You might have to start out cleaning stalls but just talk to them and ask for a job. Since I have been with the trainer I use now he has had 3 assistant trainers. He pays them. Most of the times they are riding his 2yo but they also clean stalls when needed help out at shows. What ever he needs. He let the assistant he has now show my mare. The first year they did not get much done but the second year they finished in the top 30 in the world in Rookie Pro with limited showing. You may not start out under a top trainer like Shawn in reining but you can find a good trainer and learn and then if you want move up.

You just need to talk to different trainers put the word out that you are looking for work and do not have a problem doing grunt work for a while. Ride anything you can when ever you can. More horses you ride the more you will learn.

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I agree with reiner to an extent but you CAN NOT replace a degree. A degree in ANYTHING will help you get a better job over all weather it has to do with horses or not. Being a trainer is only 1 of the many many jobs that involve horses. Not to mention those colleges have connections to top trainers... Also with some of the bigger trainers its a working student program where you don't get paid at all!!! With a degree you stand a chance at getting these guys to pay you (probably not much though!) With a degree you still learn soo much. I thought I knew a lot about horses before I went to school and I still learned a lot in all aspects. Also I couldn't afford to show when I was a kid and college was my first show experience and it was extremely helpful.
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Personally I wouldnt get a degree in riding horses or barn management. I thought about it for a little while. And you should probably have a back up plan (degree in something else) if you want to get into a horsey career. Its something that fluctuates with the economy and were you live. If I decided to be a trainer I would be living with my parents forever. They are a dime a dozen were I live.

You dont need a degree for that. I dont even know what my trainers went to school for, but it wasnt horses, maybe animal science. I would rather spend that money taking lessons and just classes (not the whole degree.)
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Findlay Unv has one of the top Equestrian programs around when it comes to training. They offer both western and english. They also have a vet part to it too so you can go on if you wish.

However I will say this from a person who uses trainers quite a bit for all my show horses. I do not care where you went to school. You can have all the degrees out the rear and I will not send you a horse. I have found over the years the best trainers are the ones who train under some of the top trainers in their discipline. I look for proven trainers. Most of the best never set foot in a school to learn their trade. So if what you want to do is train horses. Think hard about going to school for it. I can not speak to some of the other schools but Findlay is about $30K/Year.

However a good education in NEVER wasted. I just would not go for equestrian studies unless you want to go in to vet school or some other area like that. If you want to be a trainer get a good business education apprentice under a top trainer in your sport and go from there.
Findlay is where I'm determined to go. I am going to double major and do the western training and equine business majors. Having the business major will help and be kind of a "fall back" major if the training one falls through. I visited the campus just a few weeks back. It is AMAZING. The horses are all super, the barns are beautiful, and the school campus is small (which I like). Yes, Findlay is expensive. But, Its where I've wanted to go for awhile.

I think I'm going to intern with my aunt this summer. Shes a western trainer and trains mainly roping horses, but she does some barrels. I'm excited! Going on what reiner said, it will give me more insight on training. I guess it could be kind of a "boost" (for lack of a better term) in college.

I'd say go to college, get a degree in something you like, and go from there. College is expensive, but there are tons of scholarship opportunities. Do well in high school and you will probably get some type of scholarship.

ETA: Stacy Westfall attended Findlay.


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post #19 of 24 Old 12-01-2009, 09:37 PM
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I am not very fare from Findlay and have shown there many time and shot several events held there over the years. It is very nice.

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post #20 of 24 Old 12-01-2009, 09:56 PM
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Look into Hollins University, Midway College, and William Woods University.

I have applied to the first two. Hope I get in! WW is a nice school with good equestrian degrees. I'm not going to get an Equine degree though. Don't think there is much to do with it. I'm going to be an English major! :)

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