Meredith manor, what are your opinions?
Hi Im am re-looking into going to this school for many different reasons. I am in WA state, garduated class of 2010, I would be bringing my 4 1/2 year old mare with me.
I do not know really what qaurter I would apply to go to, but I owuld be getting all I could out of it by signing up for the Riding Masters VI 72 week program.
If you ettended, are currently ettending or thinking about ettending this school please tell me your thaoghts, opnions, ect on this place. I have been going back and fourth yes and no for over a year now.
PLEASE, I would like some feedback about this school
Go there. Has a lot of relevant information.
When I was searching for MM threads, I saw you had a 2 page thread on them already. What information exactly are you looking for?
All I've heard is poor things about Meredith Manor.
Honestly? If you want to do something "horsey" as a career I suggest finding a school that has a good Equine Studies/Equine Science program and finding a (good) nearby trainer in your discipline (who actively competes ABOVE the levels you want to ride with a good record of competing/training) to work for as a working student as well. It will take some searching, but it's worth the time and effort if you find someone you can learn from.
In all honesty, a degree in equine studies won't do you much good, you either want practical experience at a large training barn, or something in veterinary sciences or a biology degree. I belong to a few forums, and the general concensus (especially right now) is that an Equine Sciences program, or riding taught at a college won't get you very far at all. People want to see practical knowledge, through working at/for a barn where you learn from the best, or they want something that's useful to their program, such as reproduction or some sort of veterinary sciences.
While the physical degree will do you no good whatsoever, it's the experience getting said degree that matters. Some colleges practically hand out equine degrees, while some will make you have to successfully train a horse from weanling to being started undersaddle. Going to college for equine purposes is a good idea, however, you have to go to a college with a very reputable program that will push you to your limits.
I'm going to have to agree and disagree with Tymer. :)
While yes, a university can teach you more about training a horse, starting, etc and give you a little hands on experience. Perhaps it'll give you an opportunity to do an internship or open your networking field... but IMO/E I don't think having an Equine degree does much as far as getting a job goes. Depending on what you want to do, most barns would be more interested in hiring someone who's worked alongside a good trainer OR have work experience in the field rather then took several classes in the subject. In fact, I know some barns who wouldn't touch an equine science grad with a 10 ft pole! I think the world is horses LARGELY operates by who you know or riding history. Not degrees.
To the OP, the main question is, what are you wanting to get out of the experience? A job? Experience in the field? Gain knowledge? IMO you'll get more experience and learn more by being a working student for a good trainer/barn. You may have to start at the bottom and work your way up but it'll be much cheaper and I think you'll get more out of it.
Yea I've heard some pretty poor things about Meredith Manor. Honestly what kinda career are you hoping for after going to Meredith Manor? You can get Equine Sciences programs anywhere. If you want to be a trainer or rider or breeder, etc, just intern at a stable specializing in these thing at a high caliber. In the long run interning you'll learn more than Meredith Manor. I've spoken to coaches and barn owners an stuff and one told me she would never hire someone just because they got a degree at MM or Old College. Experiance is what she hires for.
Let me clarify what I said about attending a school with an Equine Science/Equine Studies program -
I attend Colorado State University, easily one of the top if not the best Equine Science program. Internships that are not associated with the school is REQUIRED for the degree, and it must be at least one semester. You MUST have 24+ business credits (about 6-8 classes, including thinks like agricultural economics, etc.) and most people actually minor in business. IF you take colt training classes you end up working with a horse from weaning to first under saddle work. EVERY equine class has a lab at least once a week, so you're basically forced to learn not only theoretical aspects of horses but to be able to put them into practice.
The problem with going for a veterinary degree or pre-vet type of undergraduate studies is that it really teaches you a limited amount about the horse industry. Its focus is on science and beginning to work from a molecular level to an organismal level. When pursuing veterinary things you don't actually begin to specialize until, approximately, your second year into vet school. You don't specialize in anything during undergrad. So unless you actually go to vet school and come out with high marks and a DVM title then it's pretty useless as undergraduate studies.
I suggested an Equine Science/Studies + working student because that is what I am currently doing and while I'm taking a year off now to actually be a working student, everything I have learned from Colorado State + the 13 years I've already ridden and worked with horses has been a wonderful foundation for the work I've started doing working with my new boss/trainer.
Just my two cents. Getting a degree in general is useless unless you get a lot of practical experience in the field you intend to make your career in.
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