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    02-18-2008, 05:46 AM
  #1
Foal
Learning about horses

Training horses, grooming, breeding and riding as well

Iím new to horses, but since my first ride (last October) I became attached to it, I would love to own a horse and have my own farm. But before I started I would like to get training in everything that is related to horses.

Iím looking for school or ranch to provide professional training of how to become a horse man and if possible accommodation will be needed

Iím not from USA but I can travel to any place, in USA or Europe.

Appreciate you help

Thank you,
     
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    02-18-2008, 04:07 PM
  #2
Weanling
Hey there buddy, Well I am very glad you have decided to become involed in horses. I am also relatively new to horses myself, I did grow up with them around but never got the chance to ride or take care of one. I suggest takin classes either at a ranch or take them at college.. My career is going to be in horses so ya I love horses alot. Unless you out of college, gettin a job at a ranch is pretty much 0 to nothin, because all the ranches that i've tried don't want no part timers, all they want is full timers.

Well good luck in your studies of horses, and if you wanna be friends and we can both talk about em, that would be great. But its up to you partner.
     
    02-18-2008, 07:24 PM
  #3
Showing
Read lots of books! Even silly ones like The Saddle Club and the like, they were really helpful for me.
Good on you for having such a passion, that's 95% of the sport! As for equine colleges, I don't really know of any. But see if you can hang around barns in your area and shadow some people. Take lessons if you can. Personally, if I owned a barn, I would love to have people like you around!
Where do you live?
     
    02-19-2008, 09:14 AM
  #4
Showing
Welcome! :) Wow that's awesome.
Yessss books are definitely important; a lot of online websites are as well.
I'm sure you'll also find a lot of information here too!
Oh, & I agree; taking lessons is one of the best options!
     
    02-19-2008, 10:22 AM
  #5
Foal
Meredith Manor is an accredited equestrian career college in West Virginia. They have tracks for dressage, jumping, and western riding as well as horse care, barn management, equine massage, breeding, training, horse health and more.

They are well-known in the area as a top equestrian program. I knew a woman who started riding horses at 19, and was an amazing teacher, trainer, and horse care professional after completing her degree at Meredith Manor.

You can check them out online at http://www.meredithmanor.com/.
     
    02-19-2008, 11:19 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by regardinghorses
Meredith Manor is an accredited equestrian career college in West Virginia. They have tracks for dressage, jumping, and western riding as well as horse care, barn management, equine massage, breeding, training, horse health and more.

They are well-known in the area as a top equestrian program. I knew a woman who started riding horses at 19, and was an amazing teacher, trainer, and horse care professional after completing her degree at Meredith Manor.

You can check them out online at http://www.meredithmanor.com/.
AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON'T GO TZO MEREDITH MANOR!!! WORST HORSE SCHOOL ON THE PLANET DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON'T GO THERE!! We had a lady who went there train at our barn, she was TERRIBLE! She thought she could train any horse, but she thought that no matter what discipline they should have a friggen dressage headset. And she didn't know basic things about saddle fittings, equipment, ect. And she thought the only type of bridle on the planet was an o-ring snaffle with a flash noseband. SHE THOUGH I COULD SHOW WP IN ONE!! No way. And if you look on the website, that's what all the horses have on! That's NOT HOW A WESTERN HORSE SHOULD BE TRAINED! That just doesn't work for most disiplines.

OK I got my rant out. I don't know of any good equestrian colleges, but first just learn the basics and figure out what discipline you enjoy, Then start looking for a place that suites you discipline.
     
    02-19-2008, 12:47 PM
  #7
Foal
I don't think you can say it's "the worst horse school on the planet" because you met one person who attended there and didn't do her job well. There's no way of knowing how much of what she did was because of her teachings at Meredith Manor or in spite of them. If she did a dressage emphasis, she's not going to know how to train western pleasure horses. It sounds like that trainer had a big ego and bad attitude, and that's definitely a personal problem -- one you can't blame that on the school. It's unfortunate that she had a one-size-fits-all mentality; that's not good for any horse or rider. But again, it sounds more like her own personal ego issues than anything.

I can't advocate for the school other than the trainer I know who studied there, didn't have much horse experience before she went to MM, and was a great horsewoman and trainer. She was well-rounded and knowledgable, which I know came from her time at MM since most of her horse experience came from there.

The big plus for the original poster is that it has the kinds of programs and accomodations he/she was looking for. However, if anyone is looking at attending there it's definitely important to look at it more indepth and see if it really will meet their needs.
     
    02-19-2008, 12:53 PM
  #8
Foal
Well, she had done most of her training in the western division of the school, but maybe it was just her. But from what they taught her there I would never recomend it. Sorry if I was rude, just my opinion because I had some bad experiences with that lady.

Oh, and don't go to Findlay College in Ohio. I know that you typically only get to ride one horse the entire time you are there, and a lot of times the students end up cleaning stalls all day. And I don't know much about the riding program there, except for the cutting program SUCKS! I only know that because I have competed against the head trainer there, he is horrid.
     
    02-19-2008, 01:24 PM
  #9
Foal
No, you weren't being rude. I don't take offense that easily. I just like to be an optimist, so since I have heard good things about MM from various people I like to hope they are true.

That's sad that she did have a western emphasis and didn't seem knowledgeable in the western riding style and tack. That doesn't bode particularly well for the school, or at least their western emphasis.
     
    02-19-2008, 03:34 PM
  #10
Foal
Thank you all for the worm welcome

Thank you all for the worm welcome :)

I'm from United Arab Emirates, born and raised in a desert, where camels and Arabian horses are all over the place, but I have never been interested in both. And I don't really know why :(

The first thing I did since I became attached to horses I bought books and DVD's, in all subjects related to horses, breeds, horse riding, horsemanship and more even silly ones
I even found here two English magazines about horses, "Horse & Rider" and "Arabian Horse World" I buy then and read them every month

Internet is my unlimited resource specially youtube.com where I can watch other people's experience

I'm not looking for collages for two reasons (1) I don't have time (2) I'm off collage for so long now.
I'm looking to work and train in horse farm to learn from experience, I'm not looking to get paid; in fact I'm welling pay for the experience and accommodations if possible

Why looking in USA or Europe, because there are too much to learn than where I live. Here I found many farms runs by locals and expatriates. But non of them has what i'm looking for.

For example the first riding trainer gave me a stick to hit the horse to make it run, and that was the first time I ride. I could not control the horse when I refused to hit the horse he was laughing telling me that I'm scared from horses.

I meet Russian women and she agreed to give me a horse riding lessons and she was really great but she decided to go back to Russia. So again I'm lost :(

A friend of mine form England told me that she will look for ranch in England to join them this summer. And I'll wait to see what she can find, also I found place in Spain where they have things that are very close to what I'm looking for

But my first choice is USA
Why? Because USA has too many breeds (almost all the breeds of the world), unlike other countries where they are limited to maximum of 3 breeds. I think I'll get more knowledge from USA than any where else

Again thank you all for your help; I'm really glade to find this site
     

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