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post #1 of 10 Old 12-11-2012, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at going to college for horses

Hey all!
I am currently a senior in high school, and well as many of you know, its the season of "what are you going to do with your life?". I have always LOVED horses, and so it seemed only natural for me to go to college for horses. But my parents aren't horse people at all and they have a lot of doubts about my dream. They think I won't be able to support myself and that it is childish of me to go after my dream... (i ignored them :P )

So my question is, what are some good horse training colleges? I have already been accepted into Findlay's program, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing out on any schools.

Also, for those of you that are in the business, what do you think of it as a choice of career?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-11-2012, 04:49 PM
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are you wanting to go in to the business end, the vetrinary part, or the more hands on training/farm management did you apply to virginia intermont, meredith manor, or there is also a community college in NC that has equine studies. The community college might make your parents happy cuz its cheaper lol. Ive been wanting to go to college for horses too but its just not something i can afford to chance. In order to make money with horses you have to start with some money, thats what ive found in most cases with talking to people. let me know how it goes, im want to go for equine studies in a year or so when i can affored it so anything you learn on the way that might be helpful id greatly appreciate it.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-11-2012, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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I was planning on going for western training and also get a degree in business management.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-11-2012, 05:58 PM
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For the first time since I dropped out..Im going to suggest Meredith Manor.
They have a thing with WVU so you could get your degree in business management and go to MM for western riding/training.

If you do look at them, make sure you figure out a way to observe one of the actual riding classes. Their seat is a dressage seat, in all disciplines, in all saddles, at all times..I didnt like that (constantly correcting me for my heel being an inch too far forward).
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-12-2012, 11:14 PM
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don't waste your money

I went to Meredith Manor for two years. I also taught lessons there as part of the teaching program. The program is a joke! It is overpriced and you will have a hard time finding a job in the horse industry. The only ones that will tell you they have a great reputation are the ones from the school trying to get you to attend.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-12-2012, 11:25 PM
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I went to Meredith Manor for two years. I also taught lessons there as part of the teaching program. The program is a joke! It is overpriced and you will have a hard time finding a job in the horse industry. The only ones that will tell you they have a great reputation are the ones from the school trying to get you to attend.
Well, Im glad someone finally agrees with me..lol.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 10:01 AM
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I toyed with the same ideas when I was 18 and honestly, I would just stick with a business degree at a school that has an IHSA team.

That way you can pay for your hobby. I know countless people that became trainers and wish they could just have a 9-5 job, M-F. Most horse trainers work weekends, evening, and long weekends at shows.

If you want to go the trainer route I personally would not go to an equestrian college. That is not how you really get job opportunities, too many others are graduating from the same program with not all that much knowledge. The way to become a trainer is to become a working student for a reputable trainer. Some trainers actually have working student programs and then help place you with another trainer once you are ready.

In college I took the horse classes my college offered, road in IHSA, and was a working student for a local trainer. I ended up not pursing the equine degree and sticking with the trainer. I learned so much more and meet many people in the business.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 06:27 PM
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If you are bound and determined to get an equine management degree I suggest looking at morrisville. The other thing I suggest is before going into the hard scrabble world of making a living in equines work with them. Take some time working at a barn, with a local trainer or shadowing a vet or farrier. This would give you some real world experience that will either inflame your passion or decide to keep it as a hobby.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 06:42 PM
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NDSU has an equine science program. It's pretty cheap compared to a lot of places, especially compared to Findlay.

I can't say how fabulous it is because, while I am a junior in terms of standing, I am at bout a freshman level in the major because I transferred and switched majors. I should also note, I only switched because I hated my previous major and figured I should probably just finish college for the sake of finishing. Might as well be something that will hold my interest. I personally have no expectations of having an equine-related career, but I do know several of the graduates around the area have decent training programs.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-13-2012, 08:27 PM
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How many graduates holding equine college degrees actually make any money? I agree with brittabam - get a mainstream degree like business management -

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
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