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post #1 of 9 Old 04-07-2009, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Meredith Manor... opinions?

Hey you guys. So my dream is to have a job working with horses. Typical horse lover's dream, I know. I know it's hard, and I know that sometimes there's just no way to make a living out of it. But horses are my passion and I will do anything I need to reach my goal of having a career involving horses. I do of course have a backup plan. I really love history, and have been inspired by so many wonderful history teachers. I'd love to be that inspiring teacher. (But I'm going off topic here, ha ha.) I wanted to ask if any of you have heard of or attended Meredith Manor. Here's the website, please check it out.

Meredith Manor: Equestrian Career College / Vocational School

The classes sound AMAZING and they even have a farrier school, which is awesome because I've always wanted to be able to do my own horses feet. I've been talking about it with my family and they agreed to check it out. So far it looks affordable for us. We may be going up to an open house in May. We'll see. I have another year of high school after this school year ends before I'd go so I have plenty of time.

I'd like your opinions on the school and I'm open for recommendations of other horse colleges to check out. Thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-07-2009, 04:20 PM
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I was looking into this for awhile. I really like that they are focused soley on riding and showing and hands on horse stuff. Talking to graduates, a lot of them have jobs training or giving lessons, but I decided not to go with them. I rather have a school that gives you a science background and where I could use my degree to get jobs other than giving lessons. For example the school I am going to has an Equine Science program. I could use the degree to give lessons or barn manage, but I could also get a job working for the government or other ag buissiness places. In the meantime, at a normal college, you would be taking pre-reqs and other college courses that were you to decide to get another major or switch, you would be spending less.

I was NOT a fan of their housing either. With the amount of money they charge you, I would like to see real dorms. They have gutted busses and shipping crates as student housing which sketched me out a bit.

If I could go to any equine college it would be Cetenary in NJ.
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Guess what? I was seriously going to go husband held
me back, we wasn't married at the time and he said it would more
than likely split us up if I was gone for months at a time without
seeing him. My mom was even helping me buy the things I needed
for my classes, but never got to go because I chose love over college
and will more than likely not ever go especially seeing I have a baby now.

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-01-2009, 04:25 PM
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ive looked over the we page with a fine tooth comb and it looks like a good school. i will be attenending the nov if i can get my finances set strait, but im going for the horse shoeing school, i live in west virginia and i plan on visiting it first i will let you know what i think after i do that.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-01-2009, 06:11 PM
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My riding instructor graduated from Meredith Manor, and she currently owns/operates her own boarding/lesson barn. She's an awesome teacher, and a wonderful rider. I don't know much about the school itself, but it seemed to work for my instructor!

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I was going to go there, but my instructor was saying that you really only need to do an internship at a barn for a summer. She is a trainer, instructor, and barn manager. I think she's absolutely right. I think MM is a great place, but at the same time, you can learn all the same stuff while getting paid. I'm going to start working with her when my college classes start. The barn is on my way back home. Maybe you could try something like that? If you still want to go after that, I say go for it!
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I plan on going up to visit at some point but I do agree that you can learn the same things and get paid. My dressage instructor also thinks that it might be a bit elementary for me. Not that i'm that amazing of a rider, but that it was just a little too basic. Sooo, I guess we'll see. I'd love to do an internship at a barn. I think I might just go to community college first and see about getting an internship somewhere.

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I looked into going there for a while, but then I decided I would rather have a bachelor's degree than an associates degree. Possibly after I get my bachelor's degree, I will go for the experience and for the training, but in this economy, horses are a fluctuating business. They are one of the fist luxuries many people give up, and it makes guaranteed employment nearly impossible.

I, also, hope to work with horses some day, but to me it is a better idea to get a degree in something that opens other doors to me.

I think it's a great school with great programs though. Like SD said, I wasn't impressed with the housing, but if I read right, they you can live off campus too, I think?

I would say definitely visit and do some research regarding what kind of jobs can be obtained with an associates degree.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-01-2009, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Gillian View Post
I think I might just go to community college first and see about getting an internship somewhere.
That's EXACTLY what I'm doing.
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