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post #11 of 14 Old 11-10-2011, 08:21 AM
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Okay, I have heard some of those things too and I guess I just don't consider them to be as bad as they sound after having seen the place in person.

The theft issue is a new one on me, though I am not surprised and I think that would be an issue almost anywhere you go.

I was thinking that you had heard bad things about the training method or the education or something like that.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-10-2011, 08:22 AM
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The instructor I ride with sometimes graduated from MM and loved it. She definitely has the knowledge and experience to teach well, despite being a relatively young age. I don't know how much of that came from MM, and how much of that came from her own self study - but I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an instructor (and have done so several times).
That said, she has had a lot of trouble finding a steady job. She does some freelance instructing, and for a while was a groom, but then she left that job (left the area for a few months) and when she was returning she was having trouble finding something again.
So the MM courses might teach you stuff, and might be fun, but it doesn't sound like it's all that useful for getting a job. I think it would probably work better as something secondary - get a regular degree from a respected university, and then take classes from MM to boost your equine knowledge later - if you find that's something you want at the time.
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-10-2011, 10:29 AM
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My thoughts:

Meredith Manor is EXPENSIVE for what it offers you as a graduate trying to find a job in the real world - Tuition and Fees.

A state college that offers an equine studies or equine science major (there are plenty of these, especially out west) will give you a lot more for the same cost - or even less.

Meredith manor does not have the best reputation in the horse world. There are better schools for less money.

I don't know what your finances look like, but if you are planning on taking out any type of student loans to cover the cost of your education - you need to make sure the education is going to be able to pay for the loans when you graduate.

I second the advice everyone else has given you about going to school where you can combine your equine degree with another, non-equine degree or minor. (1) This will help you find a job if you can't find one in the horse business (2) Most horse businesses are not looking to hire someone who ONLY knows horses. In order to succeed, you also need to understand the business and economic side of things, as well as understand how to promote the facility and yourself. Great customer service and people skills are a MUST - you have no idea how many people have great horse sense, no people skills, and a lack of people skills will make your horse business fail.

If you have cash to spare and just want to go to MM, it won't hurt you - but if you are genuinely looking into being employable at the end of your program, you'll need a functional degree from a school that teaches more than just how to ride and how to instruct.

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post #14 of 14 Old 11-10-2011, 12:59 PM
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I think what many people are suggesting about a dual specialisation is a very good idea.

As mentioned, horses are a "luxury" so whenever anything goes bad, ie. economy, drought etc. the horse industry is going to be the first one hit because it is a luxury hobby. And being in America, well your economy isn't looking so great these days, and I wouldn't rely on it bouncing straight back.

By all means pursue a horse career but don't just pursue a horse degree. It would be a pretty stupid move right now to limit your options that dramatically. A degree just in horses isn't really going to qualify you for much else, at least if you have a business, or even liberal arts, second major you can demonstrate skills you use in a variety of work places and careers.

I know at my university you can do a second major "out of faculty" so while I am in Social Sciences/Arts, I can study a business, science, maths, or even equine or canine studies unit, and if I so choose, turn that into a major.

I just looked at the MM site - do they any offer a proper qualification? Or are you just forking out thousands for a random course? If they are just 12 week courses you could do them in the future.

If you ever want to really have and compete horses, having a stable income is one of the few ways of getting there.
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