A student in one of Meredith Manor's riding courses. A student in a training career emphasis area course. A student in a teaching career emphasis area course. A student in a farrier career emphasis area course. A student in an equine massage career emphasis area course. A student working on first aid in Teaching I, one of Meredith Manor's many equine courses.

Equine Courses

Riding   Riding Theory   Horse Showing   Horse & Barn Care   Horse & Barn Care Management   Career Emphasis Areas  

Riding -- Our Concept:

The Riding Courses are divided into three majors: Dressage, Jumping and Western. Both the serious amateur rider and the successful professional rider should constantly work to improve their skill base and understanding of theory. The objective of a rider development program is an increasing capability to influence a horse to higher and higher levels of mental and physical accomplishment.

Two riding classes per day on two different horses allow students to learn and develop skills sequentially under a variety of conditions. Small classes allow instructors to individualize and give serious consideration to student needs, interests, physical and mental capabilities.

Incoming students are evaluated and assigned riding classes suitable to their riding levels. Satisfactory completion of the required hours of instruction is the basis for granting credit. Riding courses are listed by the specific disciplines and describe what is taught, not necessarily what each student will achieve.


The Western major can cover work from Western Pleasure through Reining and Cutting. The rider works with horses at various levels of training. Assessing training levels, ground training, acceptance of aids, steadying, straightening, bending, collecting, and shaping the horse are covered. Mental and physical characteristics of the western horse are taught. As the riders and horses advance, work will be on the correct use of the neck rein, riding circles, rollbacks, spins, sliding stops, and lead changes. The emphasis at all stages is to develop a supple, relaxed, flexible, obedient horse and a strong, coordinated, balanced rider with a deep secure seat. Course Details


The Dressage major can cover work from Training Level through Grand Prix. The emphasis at all levels is to develop a supple, relaxed, flexible, obedient horse and a strong, coordinated, balanced rider with a deep and secure seat. Dressage movements covered include turns on forehand and haunches, counter-canter, transitions, half-pass, lengthening, single flying changes and changes in series, pirouette in canter, piaffe, and passage. An in depth study of the mental attitude of both the horse and rider is emphasized. Course Details


The Jumping major learns the mechanics of jumping as they relate to hunters, jumpers and event horses. The development of a balanced, effective seat in the rider is emphasized. The student develops the ability to pace, estimate distances, determine effective lines for jumping and analyze courses. Methodical principles and methods are emphasized in the riding of novice through advanced level horses. Course Details


Students wishing to have more versatility in their riding background can enroll each quarter in a different riding discipline. The student can choose the sequence of the courses and select any combination of the three disciplines.

Riding Theory:

Theory classes provide for an understanding of the underlying principles of Dressage, Jumping and Western through a variety of techniques and opportunities for discussion. Emphasis is given to the application of principles of each student's riding, as well as to the discipline as a whole. All students enrolled in Riding Classes participate in theory classes in the same discipline. Basic principles are covered with intermediate and advanced level content being presented as students progress in their cognitive understanding and psychomotor development. Course Details

Horse Showing:

Each week, the students take part in a program of horse showing designed to familiarize them with all aspects of competition. The students will participate as competitors, show secretaries, ring masters, announcers, ready ring crew, and judges. Rules for recognized AHSA and AQHA show are followed. As competitors, the students will compete in classes in their riding disciplines according to their capabilities. Course Details

Horse & Barn Care:

An integral part of any equestrian's understanding of the horse takes place not on the horse's back, but in the barn. Each student at Meredith Manor is assigned to one of the barns on campus. Students assigned to barns are responsible for complete care of the horses in that barn including: cleaning the stall, grooming, alerting the barn manager of any health problems, and routine health care. All Horse and Barn Care responsibilities are covered in detail during the first week of each quarter in an Orientation taught by a staff member and student barn manager. Students are required to spend twenty-one hours per week fulfilling responsibilities for Horse and Barn Care. Course Details

Horse & Barn Care Management:

In the horse industry, the position of barn manager requires a person to be knowledgeable and competent in many areas concerning horses and people. Horse and Barn Care Management will cover areas including: recognition of health issues, grooming, stall maintenance and care, and proper feeding. Students taking this class will serve as managers in the barns on campus. The student manager will be responsible for managing their peers in the care of the horses in their barn. Horse and Barn Care Management is available to students who have successfully completed Teaching I or Training I, maintained a 3.0 (B) average in Horse and Barn Care in previous quarters, and have a recommendation by a Meredith Manor staff member. Course Details

Career Emphasis Areas

The Career Emphasis Areas, originated by Meredith Manor, are designed to give the student additional training in specialized areas of their choice. The courses have been developed to give the student practical experience and knowledge in the key areas where people are needed in the horse industry. Proper facilities, top instructors, and well structured programs make the Career Areas an integral part of the students overall education.

The Career Emphasis Areas include:
TeachingTrainingHorse HealthEquine Massage TherapyFarrier CraftsmanshipForgingEquine Business ManagementEquine BreedingLeather Working


Teaching I:

This course introduces the beginning teacher to practical skills necessary for effective teaching. Students are introduced to the main concepts of Educational Psychology and Philosophy. Skills developed include those related to good communication, planning for instruction, and providing for effective teaching and learning. Students are given opportunities to observe and analyze practicing teachers. They learn to organize and plan lessons for various riding disciplines and/or content areas they will be teaching. Additionally, students begin to develop a professional portfolio including their own philosophy of education, this process continues throughout the Teaching courses. Course Details

Teaching II:

Teaching II is available to students who have successfully completed Teaching I. This course emphasizes and develops techniques for effective teaching and provides many opportunities for students to begin developing an "educated eye". Students become familiar with teaching techniques related to Western, Dressage and Jumping, as well as other content areas. Skills developed include: recognizing effective models of instruction, meeting individual learner needs, and planning programs. Students are provided with many opportunities to observe and assist professional instructors and to practice the fundamentals of teaching. Course Details

Teaching III:

Teaching III is available to students who have successfully completed Teaching I & II. Teaching III provides students with opportunities to apply teaching skills learned in Teaching I & II through practical field experience. Students work closely with Meredith Manor Instructors to further develop skills and competencies. Emphasis is given to teaching at the beginner and intermediate level in the riding disciplines of Western, Dressage, and Jumping. Students elect to complete projects which may include assisting with barn management, a research project, and/or projects that students create to meet their individual professional goals. During this course students also have the opportunity to become certified in adult CPR and First Aid. Course Details

Teaching IV:

Teaching IV is available to students who have successfully completed Teaching I - III. Teaching IV provides students with further opportunities to apply and refine their teaching skills. At this point, students are expected to specialize in a riding discipline or content area. They work closely with a Meredith Manor Instructor to increase knowledge and develop skills based on individual needs and interest. Students are expected to continue to develop their professional goals and complete independent projects. The objective is for teaching students to begin to take leadership roles as directors and coordinators of various teaching programs and activities from this point on in Teaching. Course Details

Teaching V:

Teaching V is available to students who have successfully completed Teaching I - IV. Teaching V is a continuation of the individual student's study and practical application of skills. Students are expected to participate fully in a program of study. This class allows students to complete hands on teaching projects to further develop the necessary skills to become a quality instructor. Emphasis is on the development of competencies and skills for teaching at the intermediate level. Students are actively involved in all aspects of the teaching process. At this level, students are given the opportunity to create workshops, clinics, and programs of study which they then implement and evaluate. Course Details

Teaching VI:

Teaching VI is available to students who have successfully completed Teaching I - V. Teaching VI focuses on preparing the students for professional jobs in the horse industry and helping them further develop a professional portfolio that reflects their unique skills, abilities, and educational background. Students may also assist and teach Theory and Showing classes participating in all aspects of the instructional process. Students are expected to complete learning projects and set professional goals. Course Details

Teaching Certification:

Students in the teaching program who meet all requirements can receive a Level 1 or Level 2 Teaching Certification. Certification Details

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Training I:

Training I develops an awareness of techniques used to train horses. The characteristics of horse temperament and physical capabilities are considered as students are introduced to each aspect of basic training as applied to "training colts". After students learn the fundamentals of training, they determine training schedules for horses in the disciplines of Western, Dressage, and Jumping and become aware of the importance of a carefully executed program for the successful training of a young horse. Course Details

Training II:

Training II provides students the opportunity to apply skills learned in Training I through hands-on experience with a suitable training colt. Emphasis will be given to safe handling of horses and proper use of appropriate equipment for training. Course Details

Training III:

Training III provides students the opportunity to apply skills learned in Training II with a suitable training colt and to begin specializing in a riding discipline. Emphasis will be given to safety and proper use of equipment. Course Details

Training IV:

Training IV is a continuation of the application of basic training skills developed in Training III. Students become more proficient in the use of training techniques as they apply them to two suitable training colts in their chosen discipline. Emphasis will be given to safe handling of horses and proper use of equipment. Course Details

Training V:

Training V students will select an area of specialization in which to apply skills and training techniques learned in Training I - IV. Students may select areas such as western, dressage, or jumping. Emphasis will be given to safe handling of horses and proper use of equipment for specialized areas. Course Details

Training VI:

Training VI is a continuation of the application of training skills and techniques applied to a specialized area leading to a higher level of performance. Course Details

Training Certification:

Students in the training program who meet all requirements can receive a Level 1, 2 or 3 Training Certification. Certification Details

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Horse Health:

Horse Health introduces the student to the practical skills necessary to administer basic first aid and to identify common illnesses associated with the horse. Students also learn to set up preventative health programs for the control of disease and parasites, and identify common lamenesses along with those conformation faults that predispose lameness problems. Course Details

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Equine Massage Therapy:

Equine massage therapy is a relatively new and growing field in the equine industry. Equine massage is the therapeutic application of massage techniques developed and used by human athletes, applied to the horse. It has been credited with increasing performance level, competitiveness and endurance. In addition, massage assists in prevention of debilitating muscular injuries and in speeding injury recovery time. Benefits are most notable in improved performance as well as injury prevention to the horse. In our Horse Health course the muscular and skeletal systems of the horse are studied. The Equine Massage Therapy course will add to the understanding of these systems and teach skills to aid recovery of muscle, tendon, and ligament strains or injuries. The Equine Massage Therapy course will add to the student's understanding and capabilities in caring for both the recreational and competitive equine. Recreational and performance horses often lose training and work time due to muscle, ligament, or tendon strain or injury. The positive effect of massage therapy for horses has been demonstrated with great success. We have used these techniques for several years on resident horses and have been pleased with the results. We feel this skill will be beneficial to any student going into a career in the equine industry. Feedback from employers, veterinarians, and other industry professionals has encouraged us to develop this course for our students.

This course teaches massage strokes and techniques, causes of muscular fatigue and soreness, skeletal structure of the horse and muscles of the horse. Students will learn and practice massage strokes and techniques on Meredith Manor school horses and have the school horses available to evaluate the results of the massage therapy. Course Details

Equine Massage Therapy Certification:
Upon successful completion of Equine Massage Therapy, a 3.0 average, and no more than seven absences in the class, the students can take a written and practical examination for certificaion in equine massage.

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Farrier Craftsmanship:

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Farrier Craftsmanship I

Craftsmanship I is an introduction to shoeing. This class is geared to all horse individuals. Students evaluate shoeing jobs, learn proper trimming, shape factory shoes, and start the nailing process. Science portion of class covers the basic anatomy of the hoof and limb. Course Details

Farrier Craftsmanship II

This level is geared towards developing a working knowledge of the craft. Students work more hands-on. The emphasis of this class is on shoe bending, leveling, and fitting the factory shoe. Students also begin using the forge to modify the factory shoes. Science class covers hoof diseases. Course Details

Farrier Craftsmanship III

At this level Students begin working more independently with the objective of completing tasks. They continue using the forge to modify factory shoes and begin on basic handmade plates. Lectures held on farrier science and basic business objectives. Course Details

Farrier Craftsmanship IV

Students continue shoeing, using factory and modified shoes. Students work on their Horsemanship along with their shoeing. Concepts developed in this class are an understanding of the basic gaits, movement interference, and practical approaches to diagnosing lameness. Students also continue working with the forge shaping factory and handmade plates. Course Details

Farrier Craftsmanship V

Students continue shoeing, developing good shoeing strategies and establishing a routine in the shoe shaping, leveling and fitting tasks. Students also continue to work on their knowledge of farrier science and their Horsemanship skills. Tools and different designs are studied and new products are discussed and evaluated. Course Details

Farrier Craftsmanship VI

Students continue shoeing, and begin assisting with the lower levels of instruction to develop communication skills necessary for future dealings with customers and their horses. Concepts covered in this class are shoeing regulations, national farrier exams, certifications, and standards. Course Details

After completion of Farrier Craftsmanship VI, students will have the basic knowledge to test at a National Certification offered by any Farrier Association.

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Students will gain knowledge in the proper use and maintenance of forging tools. The class will cover basic forging operations and hammer control. Students will learn to shape keg shoes and keg shoe modifications, make handmade plain stamped shoes, make handmade fullered shoes, forge welding bar shoes, and make handmade tools. Course Details

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Equine Business Management:

This course is intended to acquaint students with the concepts and methods of successful management of a Horse Business. Discussions of vehicle uses, facility design, cash flow planning, financing, record keeping, advertising and public relations are included. Equine Business Management is only offered during the winter quarter. Course Details

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Equine Breeding:

The Breeding Course is intended to acquaint students with the basic anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems of the horse, the care and preparation of mare and stallions for breeding, breeding techniques, and post breeding examinations and considerations relating to pregnancy and foaling. Included in the course are lectures and extensive laboratory sessions. The breeding course is taught by Dr. Walter Threlfall at The Ohio State University Vet School and is offered only during the summer quarter. Course Details

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Leather Working:

Leather Working I:

Leather Working I is an introduction to leather working. There is a primary focus on strap work as found in horse tack. Projects are designed to develop and demonstrate leather working skills. Students will perform repairs to tack as projects are available. Course Details

Leather Working II:

In Leather Working II, projects are designed to develop more advanced leather working skills. Greater emphasis is placed on improving quality of work and job costing. Students will continue to perform repairs to tack as projects are available. Course Details

Leather Working III-VI:

In Leather Working III through VI, projects are designed to develop more advanced leather working skills. Students are introduced to specific saddle repairs. Students will continue to perform repairs to tack as projects are available and continue to work on complex job costing for that repair work. Course Details

Leather Working Certification:

Students in the leather working program who meet all requirements can receive a Level 1 or Level 2 Leather Working Certification. Certification Details

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I will never forget Meredith Manor. If you want to see if you're up to a life with horses, go there. I learned so much there in a short amount of time. I'm still riding & teaching, and am barn manager at a small place. We have about 20 horses. I cannot imagine a life without horses.
Linda Kueker Matulovich: 1975 Riding Master III Graduate