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 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!
- 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).
- 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! :) )
- 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).
- What is a typical day like at the school? If you were/are a Jumping Major, please be very specific!
- After registration, what is the first day of classes like?
- 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?
- Share your best experience!!
- Share your worst experience!
- IMPORTANT: is there wifi on campus??
- Who was your favorite instructor and why?
- Who was your least favorite instructor and why?
- What's the general age bracket? I suspect some kids are fresh out of high school while others are a bit older like me...?
- WHERE ARE THE MALES?? I have never seen a male student mentioned at MM. Is it an all-female school or something?
- What did you do on the weekends at the school?
- Did you ever get the chance to ride outside of class time?
- Please share anything else that I might need to know!
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!