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post #1 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Have You Ever Heard of...?

I am a city mouse as one might describe it and I also am a little bit old to be trying to get my feet wet in the horse community. I am 33/F and have a Master's Degree in Severe Special Needs. I am currently looking into getting certified as a therapeutic riding instructor, but I would like to have some more general horsemanship knowledge and experience.

Online, I came across Meredith Manor...career equine college in West Virginia. I am looking for people who have heard of this place/gone there/personal views on how to get more experience with horses, besides just volunteering at barns. All of the ads say, they would like someone with horse experience, which I completely understand...how do you get that if you are a city girl like me? I am willing to work for free to gain the experience.

Just would love to rack the brains of you amazing horse owners and see what your thoughts are and if you have heard of Meredith Manor.

Thanks and have a great New Year!

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 05:30 PM
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Welcome to the forum, mmoses1979! I'm sorry I can't help you on that one, (although the name does sound familiar) - I have no doubt, however, that there will be scores of members who can help! The best of luck in your endeavor - horses are wonderful and amazing animals, and with a lot of hard work and I'm sure you'll achieve your goal someday! :)
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 05:54 PM
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Welcome Maryanne.

I have heard of them, but that's all. I am sure it's brutally expensive, too.

I got back into horses as an adult, at 41, with two kids at home. It can be done. I live in the suburbs of a mod. large city; Seattle.

I discovered leasing. I found that I could half-lease a horse for a reasonable amount of money. Learned a lot from the horse's owner, then went on to take lessons on her and on and on.

Does this give you any ideas?
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 06:04 PM
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I have heard awful things about Meredith Manor. We have a member here (Iseul?) who attended it for a while but quit when she experienced some of the things I've heard a LOT of people say about Meredith Manor.

I suggest finding a good barn/instructor that you can take lessons with and work around the horses for the experience. Hands-on experience is SO valuable.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 07:58 PM
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Hi and welcome!
I would find a therapeutic riding academy or stable and volunteer there. It can be a great experience. I volunteered with a program and it has always been a wonderful experience. Its not about where you are from its about what you know and are willing to learn. I have seen a lot of people who try to walk the walk, wear the cowboy duds and can't talk the talk. You spend time in horses and find that its not the person with the cleanest shoes and brightest breeches who necessarily knows or handles the horse the best. Sometimes its the person who is there everyday and dressed for the job. Don't worry about being a city mouse or a country mouse just be a hard working and honest mouse.

I don't have experience with MM but I have not heard good things. Although that is mostly from this board, so that could color opinions. With any horse thing, go with an open mind. See what you can learn and if you don't agree with it or find it against your ethics move on.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 08:03 PM
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Welcome!! You're never too old to get involved with horses or in a horse community! :)
Meredith Manor has been around since...well, forever! I remember when I was a little kid I was determined to go to college there. LOL! Beyond that, I don't know much else about it, unfortunately.
I would take the other's suggestions and find someplace to volunteer your time. And finding a good stable and taking some riding lessons would be invaluable for you to give you some experience and confidence.
Best of luck!!
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 09:24 PM
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Welcome to the forum
nice to meet you

good luck with your search

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 10:01 PM
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I have heard Meredith Manor is extremely expensive and tiny dorm rooms. Here are a few threads on it-
Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
Calling all Meredith Manor alumni/current students/dropouts!
Meredith Manor... opinions?

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 11:04 PM
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Welcome to Horse Forum!
I don't know anything about Meredith Manor but for about 4 years I would take two of my horses over to the neighbors who taught autistic kids at the end of the school year. She would have a BBQ for the kids/parents/teacher helpers, take them on a hay ride and we would give the kids a ride on my two horses. You do have to have pretty quiet horses to put children on and I tell you...the smiles on those kids faces made it worth while for me to go over there and do that for them! I remember one little boy was so excited he saw us riding into the yard, came running out yelling horsey! And when he got closer I guess he realized how big they were and turned and ran back! It took us awhile to talk him into getting on but once he was up there we had a hard time getting him to get down for others....
BTW I was 43 when I got back into horses after being away from it for over 30 years, so you're never too old!
Good luck!

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-29-2012, 11:48 PM
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Hello! As the others have said, I have heard AWFUL things about M.M. I don't know much about it, but every time someone mentions it it seems to be something extremely negative.
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