Something Good gone Wrong
I have read both reviews and tend to agree with both, to a certain point. Olivia remembers this place when she was 7 years old, but don't believe she has been there lately. The place she has such fond memories of, no longer exists. . This place that was once a showcase, has become an eyesore. ZZ has a more realistic perspective. The place is a dump and the horses are not cared for as Olivia remembers. Customers are treated as strangers and it is basically, pay me and get the hell out. I realize this is a business, not a social club but I believe it's worth noting. The barn and its surroundings look more like a dump and a junk yard, than a riding stables. I have witnessed horses being mistreated (left in the arena without water for prolonged periods of time under the squelching sun, beaten because they won't stand still while a bunch of rowdy little kids run around the barn, having to eat and drink out of buckets that have not been cleaned, ever). The trails are not well kept and there is trash everywhere. I know all this because I have first hand knowledge of the situation. I have visited the stables on a regular basis for the last 10 months. I have helped in policing the area, paid for materials to fix fences, fixed the fences and tried to keep the surrondings looking presentable. I finally gave up, because no matter how much anyone tried, it would revert back to looking like a dump. At one time, volunteers were welcome to come out and help, but they have all been run off. This in no longer a business, it's somone's personal junkyard. If the city wants this place to become the showcase that it once was and again could be, then the current management needs to be replaced. I would encourage the City Parks and Recreation Department to do an assessment of the situation and act promptly before the Humane Society closes the place down. I would not recommend the stables, but the trails are nice if you can ignore the trash.