Has anyone heard of or taken a course there? If so what are your thoughts on the place?
I graduated from there in 94' with both a teaching and riding certification. Fantastic education. Regardless of what disapline you ride, (including western) you learn to ride with the basics of dressage. They are VERY serious about teaching you to ride, so you better be ready to learn to ride if you go there. I learned more in my year there than I have my whole life.
Draft lover, what's up with former students saying that they feed seed corn to the horses, & the dorms are converted school buses & such? Also, what's the food like? TIA!
They feed cracked corn.
The dorms are converted buses or shipping crates, or tiny actual dorms (I heard half of them just flooded with 4" of water too).
The food isn't bad, it's not the grestest either though. Definitely better than my high school food though.
I was there for 2 months and drank everyday before I dropped out. I'm not a bigger drinker, nor can I legally, so that should say something.
I think they changed from when Copperhead and Draft lover went to when I got there (last year).
I honestly felt that it was a slave camp. I understand having to clean stalls, feed, etc..But it was too much sometimes. I don't mind cleaning a stall, but I'm not going to take an hour to do it perfectly, their way. I have no problem feeding..but I won't have to wheel the hay every morning and kill my back.
I LOVED my farrier class, but that was just about all I enjoyed while I was there.
I was able to deal with the workload, but the people I couldn't deal with. I have NEVER seen so many people with such an ego and attitude. I didn't like the fact that heaven forbid I hit a horse if it bites or kicks at me. I use their "heading" technique (which isn't new), but if I have to grab the lead and shank a few times, I don't want yelled at for it.
The crates are actually pretty nice..but they just aren't big enough for two people. ESPECIALLY when they don't get along. My roommate was absolutely insane, and I could never get away with her if I wasn't out at the bar or somewhere else (usually drinking to get my mind off being miserable emotionally).
I can't say too much about the riding classes, because I was only in those for three days before I switched out to a science master. What I did get with my six lessons was that you better hope your assigned horses are in close barns or your classes are more than an hour apart. I was late to each of my second classes because I'd be given a barn on one side of campus, and then a horse in a barn on the opposite side. It takes me 5-8mins to saddle a horse up..even with boots or polos. It took me atleast a half hour with the horses I was assigned. And you were suppose to take a half hour to cool your horse down and curry/spray them off.
And if your horse is in a training class, better hope you don't want to ride it, because you won't be allowed. Can't ride alone, can't ride on weekends, etc. I find that ridiculous.
But anywho..I didn't like it.
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They also fed whole corn when I was there, and owner Ron Meredith claimed (at that time) they had had no colics since feeding corn. I would guess if they still do feed corn, he would say the same thing.
The food was okay from what I remember. Just like any school food I guess. Nothing super great, but not terrible either.
I must say I really enjoyed being there, and would like to be able to go back.
Thanks, Draft lover & Iseul, for answering about the feed, & giving us many more details!:)
Thank you everyone for your feedback!! :D
And tbh comparing what u said to the work conditions my friend is currently in... Not sure which one is worse. She's doing a student position at a farm where she works & rides from 6am- about 8pm 6 days a week. She does stalls, feeds, hauls hay, turns in-out in the morning-afternoon-and at night, plus 2-3 lessons. Grooms horses, and usually does a nightly hack in a group. But is staying in a tiny apartment with 3 other girls, and one is nasty to her.
You only cleaned one/two stalls a day, but I didn't have a problem with that. The way they wanted me to clean the stall took me almost an hour each, not the 20mins they said.
Basically they want you to strip it (4-7" of shavings) with everything moved to the walls, scrape the "dirt mat", sift through the shavings and fling it at the wall to separate from the shavings, and then put the shavings all back down.
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I don't remember having a time limit or a specific way of cleaning the stalls. As long as it was done was all that mattered. You got a grade on how well it was done.
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