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    11-23-2012, 04:43 PM
  #1
Foal
Calling all Meredith Manor alumni/current students/dropouts!

Hello, everyone! I'm new to the forum and I'm curious as to your experiences with Meredith Manor. I intend to attend June 2013 and obtain my associate's in Equine Studies through WVU-P (essentially, I have all of my basics done, just need to complete the riding portion).

About Me: I'm 22, female, 5'5", 200 lbs and I want to be a Jumping Major. I have basic experience in the English saddle and roughly 5 years total of working with horses on the ground (grooming/hoof picking/veterinary assistant, etc etc).

Why I want to go to the school:
  • I'm currently a film major. I have about a year to go to complete my associate's degree and a very long time to complete my bachelor's in the same field. I'm good at what I do and I enjoy all aspects of film making. However, horses have always been my first love.
  • I wanted to be a veterinarian specializing in equine science before a film major, but 16+ years in school just to finally get where I wanted to be --- working directly with horses everyday --- was not appealing to me. So I turned to digital media, my second love.
  • However, my program at my current university has changed so I'll essentially be in school until 2018 (yikes!!) to finish my BA film degree. So I'm ready to make a change and go back to what I wanted to major in to begin with: horses.
  • Meredith Manor offers an associate's program of Equine Studies through completion of their Riding Master III course. I'm pretty darn excited! I might even go all-out and get my bachelor's done through there, too (with what I've completed already on my transcript, I could have my BA in equine studies in just under 2 years; that's a number I can work with).
  • I want to open up a boarding stable and possibly offer lessons and/or trail rides. I might become a breeder of Brabants and Ardennes (because they ROCK!). I also want to compete in cross-country (because it appears to be a challenging sport and I love challenges). Regardless of what I finally settle on, I know it'll be something that I love and that I can comfortably make a living from (I expect I'll be doing freelance editing on the side just to satisfy my film making itch).

I have just a few quick questions about Meredith Manor and I'd appreciate it very much if you all could help me out. Thanks in advance!
  1. What are the women's dorms really like? Are they well heated/well cooled? How many square feet? Do I have a private desk? Can I tape decorations to the walls/ceilings? Are the bathrooms private or public? Have people brought in other pets (ie betta fish, etc? Be honest! :) )
  2. How is the food? I've heard it's better now than in the past (though if it's bad it won't bother me much as I'm not a picky eater to begin with).
  3. What is a typical day like at the school? If you were/are a Jumping Major, please be very specific!
  4. After registration, what is the first day of classes like?
  5. If you were paired with a horse there, and did not bring your own, how did you get paired up with the horse you ended up riding?
  6. Share your best experience!!
  7. Share your worst experience!
  8. IMPORTANT: is there wifi on campus??
  9. Who was your favorite instructor and why?
  10. Who was your least favorite instructor and why?
  11. What's the general age bracket? I suspect some kids are fresh out of high school while others are a bit older like me...?
  12. WHERE ARE THE MALES?? I have never seen a male student mentioned at MM. Is it an all-female school or something?
  13. What did you do on the weekends at the school?
  14. Did you ever get the chance to ride outside of class time?
  15. Please share anything else that I might need to know!

Thank you!
     
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    11-23-2012, 08:05 PM
  #2
Green Broke
1. I lived in a crate and paid extra..not worth it at all IMO. It's just not a big enough space for two people who may not get along as absolute best friend's. If living on campus, I'd definitely suggest a single dorm, unless you could deal with living with someone where the dislike was mutual, lol. I can't comment on the cooled/heated. I don't think there's much room for a desk..lol. You could probably fit one in, but you'd have MUCH less living space. I feel like the single dorms were the size of a horse stall (like 12x16 stall?) and the double dorms were about the size of a large foaling stall (with bunkbeds). Bathrooms are public..you get a curtain as a door...And, the only thing you're ALLOWED to have as a pet is a fish..so I saw a lot of those while I was there.
2. You'll probably like the food, I can't complain about it.
3. I rode western for my first 3 days..I had my farrier class, horse health class, lunch (got out of health at 12.15) and had to have my first horse tacked before 1 and be at the arena of choice..I rode until 2 and had to have that horse cooled off (hosed if warm enough) and my next horse tacked and at my designated arena before 3...it was just wayy too stressful for me to go through all that everyday, so I switched to the Equine Science Master III.
4. First day is BORING. I hated it. Aside from rushing and trying to find where you're suppose to be and what time, it was basically just introductions and general knowledge that most of us horsers already know. :p
5. The instructor(s) you had chose a horse for you based on your ability. During the first 3 days of orientation you'll have riding evaluations and be one atleast one or two different horses for a 15-20 minute ride to show your skill level. I, the biggest of the group, got stuck with the smallest, fuzziest, oldest pony I've ever seen..The Moldy Pickle (aka Camp Clyde) for one of my evals..I didn't even wanna do anything but slowly walk him for fear of breaking him in half! He's also apparently in his 40s and still going strong o.o
6. Best experience..I passed my trim practical on Elmo even though I couldn't even do anything with his one hoof..And the farrier clinic at Yoder's probably comes at a close second to that.
7. The people. I wanted to maim half of my fellow students. .-. MAIM, I tell you! I knew that us horse people don't like being told we're wrong..but good god, don't be rude and have a fit because I made a joke asking if someone wanted to take the wheelbarrow (laughing while I asked, not to mention). Same person acted like she was my boss during Horse Health. My whole first month all I did was go get horses and hold..I never got a chance to make bute, pick hooves, or doctor anything..I said screw it finally and told her and one other girl that I was done getting horses because I wasn't learning a **** thing during our hands-on part of the class, and I refuse to do that. I want my money worth too.
8. There is now wifi in the dorms (my iPod would NOT pick it up no matter what I tried though). There's also a hardline with an Internet box though, which is what I used with my computer.
9. John, for SURE. During my time being there, John taught me the majority of it all, and he was never an ass about it. I may very well come back when my anger issues are in better check to take just the short course for farrier..I could've made it through my first quarter, but I kinda said screw it because of my breakdown in his class. He tried to convince me to stay and he never put me down for my attitude or abilities. He told me I had a great amount of potential and seemed as though he was bummed I was leaving..But I had to do what I had to do. He made me realize how far I've come with both farrier work and my temper when I worked on Elmo during my practical..I didn't whack him not once because I knew he was a sensitive one..even though I was about ready to break his leg with my bare hands (the one he kept kicking at me with >.> ). He always gave me something to work towards and encouragment.
0. I'm not entirely comfortable putting a name out there, but two of the riding instructors I just couldn't deal with. One was just a HORRIBLE personality clash, and one was a horrible teacher. It's kinda sad when the instructor can't reword something until her fifth try so their student can understand what they're trying to explain (as in, she said the same exact thing, not a bunch of different rewordings, lol).
1. I'm 18 and dropped out, but the guys are generally more around your age or older, and the females are everywhere from 18 to..I think the oldest I knew was 28.
2. There's males..and one is the typical cowboy stereotype (look wise) with that lovely rear view, lol. Allen was a farrier short course from Trinidad who's coming back for riding after the winter is up, he was in his 30s, so I think he was the oldest male. VERY cool guy if you ever get to meet him though, always polite and has opinions that I agree with, haha. He's very interesting to listen to while he's handling a horse as well, very vocal.
3. I sat in my room on the computer..all day, into the evening when I'd then get ready and go to a fire or the bar to play pool. Unless I had feed..then I usually stayed up all Friday night and missed morning feed and went to the rest of them (3 a day).
4. Nope..especially first quarters. A lot of the upper quarters got to be grooms for the instructors in their free time and would get a half hour lesson on a horse of their choice (within reason) on Sunday's as their "pay". If you bring your own horse, you need to have the instructors permission and someone to watch you ride in case you got thrown/hurt/had problems..and that was only if they felt the horse could handle an extra day or working.
5. Hmm..I just tried to avoid people, pretty much. I was up at the guys' crates quite a bit hanging out with them instead of females. Much less drama, and they were a bit more fun, to be honest, haha. I'd just make sure to stay out of drama..because it's about 250x worse than high school or any other college...lol.
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    11-24-2012, 02:54 PM
  #3
Foal
1. Aha! So betta fish ARE allowed! This just made me ten kinds of happy! I know who I'm bringing with me, then!
And I lived with a snotty freshman once while I was in Austin. Nothing can be much worse than that experience. Most people I meet are pretty chill with me, even the snobby ones. And I have to bring in my own desk? Harsh. I might just do a nightstand or something. Do I have my own shelf at least? And public bath doesn't bother me. Curtains for doors? HA! That's standard for every dorm I've lived in.
3. Heh. I think I might get good at tacking up really fast, then! Lol Might be a useful skill in the future....?
4. Oh, it's only boring if you make it so! I like to keep a tally during orientation days of how many times certain words like, "expectation" "academics" and "rules" etc etc. And that first day is my prime day to figure people out and scope out the folks that I gel the most with.
5. Moldy Pickle! Cute! Can't wait to go through evals; I think I'll have a lot of fun.
12. Lovely rear view FTW (for the win)!! Especially in chaps. Good to know there's folks around my age and slightly older; that's awesome.
13. You're 18 and you go to bars? You rebel, you! j/k my mom would've killed me had I told her something like that!
14. Eh, I'd be going to church and resting on Sundays (and by the sounds of it I might need that day off!!)
15. PFFT Drama. I stay clear of it to begin with.

Thanks so much!!!! :)
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    11-24-2012, 08:02 PM
  #4
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OTD, I don't have any experience with the place, but I do remember several threads in past about it (I believe in different sub-forums though). Try to search on forum. :)
     
    11-24-2012, 08:23 PM
  #5
Green Broke
That's great that you don't mind those things.(:
I just couldn't stand them, sadly... :/
It was mainly the polos that I did bad with..everything else I can do in 2 minutes, haha.
Good luck!
     
    11-24-2012, 11:16 PM
  #6
Started
12x16 room for one person? That's actually not that bad, my brothers triple dorm room is that size! Anyways, I don't have anything to add, although I do know it is very expensive.
     
    11-25-2012, 11:52 AM
  #7
Foal
Yeeeeaaahhh, expenses are the only thing I'm the most concerned about (gonna go down and talk with my current uni's financial aid dept... should be interesting?).

But realistically, I could be done with my associates by March 2014 AND have riding experience to boot. Even if I'm working towards my film associates before moving on to my bachelor's, I expect that I'll be finishing around the same time. So really, it's a matter of preference. And I'd take the great outdoors and a horses' back over stuck indoors and on a computer getting carpal tunnel. If I have to suffer through CT, I want to get it doing something worthwhile.

Plus, I'll be able to replace all of that equipment that I had to sell off earlier this year to buy textbooks (it included a western saddle & bridle, grooming kit, nylon/leather halter with lead, etc etc *sob*!).
     
    11-26-2012, 10:28 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by OneTallDay    
Hello, everyone! I'm new to the forum and I'm curious as to your experiences with Meredith Manor. I intend to attend June 2013 and obtain my associate's in Equine Studies through WVU-P (essentially, I have all of my basics done, just need to complete the riding portion).

About Me: I'm 22, female, 5'5", 200 lbs and I want to be a Jumping Major. I have basic experience in the English saddle and roughly 5 years total of working with horses on the ground (grooming/hoof picking/veterinary assistant, etc etc).

Why I want to go to the school:
  • I'm currently a film major. I have about a year to go to complete my associate's degree and a very long time to complete my bachelor's in the same field. I'm good at what I do and I enjoy all aspects of film making. However, horses have always been my first love.
  • I wanted to be a veterinarian specializing in equine science before a film major, but 16+ years in school just to finally get where I wanted to be --- working directly with horses everyday --- was not appealing to me. So I turned to digital media, my second love.
  • However, my program at my current university has changed so I'll essentially be in school until 2018 (yikes!!) to finish my BA film degree. So I'm ready to make a change and go back to what I wanted to major in to begin with: horses.
  • Meredith Manor offers an associate's program of Equine Studies through completion of their Riding Master III course. I'm pretty darn excited! I might even go all-out and get my bachelor's done through there, too (with what I've completed already on my transcript, I could have my BA in equine studies in just under 2 years; that's a number I can work with).
  • I want to open up a boarding stable and possibly offer lessons and/or trail rides. I might become a breeder of Brabants and Ardennes (because they ROCK!). I also want to compete in cross-country (because it appears to be a challenging sport and I love challenges). Regardless of what I finally settle on, I know it'll be something that I love and that I can comfortably make a living from (I expect I'll be doing freelance editing on the side just to satisfy my film making itch).

I have just a few quick questions about Meredith Manor and I'd appreciate it very much if you all could help me out. Thanks in advance!
  1. What are the women's dorms really like? Are they well heated/well cooled? How many square feet? Do I have a private desk? Can I tape decorations to the walls/ceilings? Are the bathrooms private or public? Have people brought in other pets (ie betta fish, etc? Be honest! :) )
  2. How is the food? I've heard it's better now than in the past (though if it's bad it won't bother me much as I'm not a picky eater to begin with).
  3. What is a typical day like at the school? If you were/are a Jumping Major, please be very specific!
  4. After registration, what is the first day of classes like?
  5. If you were paired with a horse there, and did not bring your own, how did you get paired up with the horse you ended up riding?
  6. Share your best experience!!
  7. Share your worst experience!
  8. IMPORTANT: is there wifi on campus??
  9. Who was your favorite instructor and why?
  10. Who was your least favorite instructor and why?
  11. What's the general age bracket? I suspect some kids are fresh out of high school while others are a bit older like me...?
  12. WHERE ARE THE MALES?? I have never seen a male student mentioned at MM. Is it an all-female school or something?
  13. What did you do on the weekends at the school?
  14. Did you ever get the chance to ride outside of class time?
  15. Please share anything else that I might need to know!

Thank you!

I went in 2009, took the Equine Science Course, graduated with honors. Just about all of my friends were in the riding classes, they seemed to love them!

I see you've gotten some answers already, Ill give you my perspective on the place.
1. Yes, the dorms were once a horse barn. I lived on every section of the dorms, the left, right, and finally single! Lived with one girl that had been there for 3terms when I got there, ended up moving in with my best friend, huge mistake! Last semester I was by myself, and loved it! The rooms are no bigger than 12x12's even smaller for single.
2. I didnt eat there, lmao.....I would eat the salad here and there, but I just bought my own food.
3. Typical Day for me varied quite a bit, but that was due to me only being there for 3 semesters due to my course. Expect to be in the saddle quite a bit! As far as jumping goes, I kn ow a lot of people complained that there wasnt enough jumping, bu that is due to flat work being the focus before jumping, as it should be IMO.
4. First day of classes were slow, boring, and looonnng!
5. Since I did the ES course, I wasnt allowed to ride. I got paired up with a Training Horse, its based on your experience according to the instructors. Basically, for riding, you go and ride, and they just watch, and have you do simple commands, they base your horse choice on how you ride. Your chosen horse will be different for different classes though.
6. Best Experience for me was when I was able to get my horse to w/t/c, and do whatever I would like with no lead, halter, whip, ect, ect, perfectly in front of my class.
7. Worst Experience was the winter, and learning how much they give up on you after you skip a few classes!!! Do not miss any!!!
8. Was when I went there but you had to pay a good bit, so no one had it.
9. John and Nancy...John knows more stuff than anyone needs to know....and same with Nancy, although can seem quite scary, she is an amazing rider, and an amazing teacher!
10. Honestly, loved all my teachers!
11. Age bracket when I went was all over the place, oldest was in her 40s, I believe I was the youngest when I went at the time, but my last semester, there was a 16yo.
12. Males are in the Farrier Class......thats pretty much it.
13. Nothing until I built up a social life.....partied quite a bit after that!
14. Nope not at all.
15. Stay away from local guys, or as I knew them as Hoopies.....they arent good for anything, and will get you in more trouble than worth.....funny thing is I married one! Lmao......if you end up going, get in touch for sure! Im right in your age bracket, and believe I am moving back up to that area shortly!
     
    11-26-2012, 10:50 PM
  #9
Foal
Hey! Thanks for your positive reviews and input!

  • Funny, I want to make Farrier one of my electives; should be fun!
  • So do we have to pay extra to use the wifi on campus?? :(
  • And what do you mean by the instructors "gave up on you" if you missed a class?
  • PFFT. I need more flatwork anyway before I can move to jumps. I'll be the honest student that will admit that I've never cantered successfully in my life.
  • So do you get a new roommate every quarter?

Sorry for all of the questions!!
     
    11-26-2012, 10:55 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by OneTallDay    
Hey! Thanks for your positive reviews and input!

  • Funny, I want to make Farrier one of my electives; should be fun!
  • So do we have to pay extra to use the wifi on campus?? :(
  • And what do you mean by the instructors "gave up on you" if you missed a class?
  • PFFT. I need more flatwork anyway before I can move to jumps. I'll be the honest student that will admit that I've never cantered successfully in my life.
  • So do you get a new roommate every quarter?

Sorry for all of the questions!!
Farrier is a blast! Def ask as many questions as you can!! When I went there, you had to pay for Wifi, don't know if its the same, luckily, I had a friend that had a car, and we would go to the local Burger King for all our internet needs!

I had some personal issues going on, and it really had an effect on me, and therefore I skipped a huge amount of classes, more than they let you take, and therefore, the classes I did show up for, they didnt try to help me at all. When I finally got my s**t together, they really didnt care. No new roomie unless yours leaves, or you move to a new room. I had problems with my first one, and thought it would be awesome to live with my bestie, turns out, I didnt have any issues with my first roomie, lmao...no problem! Ask away, feel free to pm me....
     

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