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1. Rock Creek Park Horse Center

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127 reviews
Rock Creek Park Horse Center
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 5100 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 362-0117

Guy: Horse boarding stable



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Austin Graff: Rock Creek Park Horse Center is an oasis within the city. Deep in Rock Creek Park is a property full of stables and fields. There are 57 horses in the stable. Half are private, but the other half are used for the public. They offer riding lessons and on weekends they have pony rides for kids as young as 2.5 years old. If you're hiking by, you can enter the public stables to see the horses and ponies. You can't pet the horses, but the staff are so friendly and will give you the story of each horse. Once you see the horses, I recommend hiking through Rock Creek Park and visit the nearby Capitol Stones.

Eric Hope: The closest I've been to a real live horse! As opposed to the carousel from back when (you can tell I'm old) also, not counting the horse on duty at the national mall. They were so knowledgeable about each horse, all the way to the point of if they are friendly or if they bite. It's not too far out so recommending this for kids outing or a very different kind of lunch date.

Tom Foltz: Easy ride for small children. Ppl were very cordial

Умбетаева Эльмира: Amazing place with plenty what you can do! Golf, horse riding, hiking, biking and all of just breathing freshest air ever! love it!

Vida B: I didn't get the name of the older gentleman with the beard, but he made our visit very memorable! He took his time in making sure we were enjoying ourselves, and he was extremely patient with our 2 kids (ages 11 & 6). Also, after our pony ride, Lindsey came over and gave us an impressive tour of the barn, so we could meet all of the horses! What a wonderful place! We surely will be coming back!!

Christine Goepfert: I was recently looking for trail rides on a whim of curiosity, and I was so surprised to find this absolute gem in the district. It’s been years since I last rode, but I felt comfortable with a trail ride. The staff were great, the horse was a good gal, it was a lovely ride, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this experience. *book well in advance- their calendar gets filled up fast*

TSEMU: I was excited to take my kids to a pony ride when I first learned about this location. For a 15 minutes ride, never felt pressure to pay $22. It was planned months ahead and the expectation was high. Read reviews, watched pictures with my kids and built a fictitious picture of what it is gonna look. Finally, the day comes and we went there. First, there is nothing fancy like customer service, and second, it is like 7 minute ride for the kids and I walked on their side. So far, everything is fair. The biggest disappointment is the ride was on a horse, not a pony! My daughter was never happy to ride on a back of huge horse.

Don Mcrae: This is a great place to attend. The most pleasant and dedicated people to work with I've ever run across. Great horse management, lessons and camp. Serious about the interaction between the riders, horses and teachers, yet laid back and friendly as can be. I recommend it highly.

Elliott Mattice: We regularly take the kids to visit the horse stables. They love to see the horses and watch if someone is out riding. There could be more activities available for kids, however people are open and welcoming to us as we wander around and ask questions. There's always a part of me that feels like I'm intruding despite the all the great smiles and waves we get.

Raquel Lee: They're very nice the only thing I don't like is since those horses are rescued horses you can't make noises because the horses can go out of control. There's hardly anything to do with little boys that are super active. If it's me alone I love it but with two hyperactive boys and a great grandma with dementia is not a good place to visit. Other than that I love the place.

2. Meadowbrook Stables

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37 reviews
Meadowbrook Stables
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 8200 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Telephone: (301) 589-9026

Guy: Horse riding school



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Steve Spencer: This was not a good experience for us. We switched from another stable because this one was closer and we regret it. My daughter no longer has any interest in riding after our experience. She was bit by a horse that wasn't supposed to have children grooming it but they failed to tell her, she was thrown from a horse, they closed the stables for a long stretch because of some of the horses being sick so we had to forfeit a large amount of money for lessons that simply were cancelled. We were all so happy when the season finally ended which is truly a shame. I would avoid entirely
Response: We're so sorry to hear that you feel this way, Steve. To clarify: Meadowbrook was under a rare, State-ordered quarantine for 5 weeks in March-April 2022 due to the presence of a serious and highly contagious infectious disease known as EHV. Regrettably, we were legally required to cancel lessons during this period to prevent the possible spread of disease to other farms. Most of our riders and families generously and kindly agreed to help mitigate the financial impact of this closure by donating the value of their missed lessons to Meadowbrook (we're a non-profit organization). For those few families who did not wish to make such a donation, including Steve's family, we refunded half of the value of the missed lessons. As to the other incidents, falls and bites are rare but do occasionally happen when riding horses. However, Meadowbrook is proud of our excellent safety record and staff safety-training programs.

Allison Fultz: I am very impressed with the quality of instruction Meadowbrook Stables provides for all levels of riders. Students receive a very solid grounding in riding technique, as well as horse care and safety. Meadowbrook provides a wide range of competition opportunities for all riders, as well. The barn takes excellent care of its horses, who are carefully chosen for the lesson program. The stable is located inside the Beltway and is very convenient to DC, MoCo, PG, Fairfax and Arlington. My daughter has been riding and competing at Meadowbrook for five years, and I've even gotten back in the saddle after a 35-year hiatus! Very strongly recommended.
Response: Thank you, Allison! We're so glad to have you and your family be a part of Meadowbrook!

Alison Hoover: We have ridden at Meadowbrook for several years now. Weekly lessons during the school year, summer riding camp, and now private lessons and competitions. Facility is beautiful, horses are clearly well cared for and friendly, the professional and well trained staff is the perfect combination of disciplined but warm and fun. My daughters loves it, she has become a great rider (if we ever ride out of town, she is always complimented on her equitation and they note how well trained she must be) and always has a blast in the summer camp program. Who would have thought such a beautiful and full service barn and stable right on the edge of the city!
Response: Thank you so much for the thoughtful review, Allison! We're so happy to have you and your daughter at Meadowbrook!!

Kate Greene: Positive: QualityOur daughter is in her second year of riding at Meadowbrook and I've been impressed by the quality of the instruction and kindness of the teachers to beginning riders. The location is also much more convenient for us compared to other options.
Response: Kate, thank you for this! We're so glad to hear that your daughter is enjoying her lessons and instructors!

Kimberly Knackstedt: Meadowbrook is the ideal riding facility in DC. The location cannot be beat for those living or working around the DC metro. The trainers and barn managers are supportive and knowledgable, knowing exactly how to meet the needs of riders and horses. Meadowbrook supports beginner riders (children or adult) through advanced riders looking to compete in rated shows. Lessons are at convenient times for children and adults, and groups are organized to ensure each rider is progressing in his/her knowledge of riding and horsemanship. The horses are exceptionally well cared for, and the barn is clean and well maintained. I highly recommend Meadowbrook to any riders looking to learn the basics, advance their skills, or take their riding to the next level.
Response: Thank you, Kim! We appreciate your kind words and your commitment to Meadowbrook!

Morgan Hart: Meadowbrook is an excellent place for any level of hunter/jumper rider - the horses and ponies and well cared for and of very high quality for school horses, and very safe. The smallest, most beginner riders are taught with careful instruction and given ample learning time AND riding time in their lessons, and there is a program for everyone from these riders to the most advanced showing riders and everyone in between. I have ridden for over 20 years and am very lucky to have found Meadowbrook! The instructors are wonderful and the staff is top notch.
Response: Thank you, Morgan! We're grateful to have you as part of the Meadowbrook family!

Eddie Sejour-Gonzalez: Meadowbrook is a beautiful stable with amicable horses that my children and I have enjoyed visiting over the years. Staff (or student riders?-- I can't say I could tell which) aren't typically the most inviting or engaging, but seeing as how the horses are the reasons we swing by and the guys keeping the grounds/stalls are friendly enough, that wasn't much of an issue for us. As my oldest kiddos' interest in learning to care for and ride horses intensified, Meadowbrook was among the stables/barns I checked out. I was so disappointed to learn of their prohibitive group lesson rate--nearly twice as much as other stables we've considered, and even more than other stables' *private* lesson rates. Of course, the staff have to be compensated, and the horses cared for, and the stable kept/operating expenses met, but it is really discouraging that, for no other reason than cost, this place is inaccessible to us besides the occasional visit with equine friends ...
Response: Thank you for this feedback, Eddie. As a non-profit organization with an educational mission, we try very hard to make Meadowbrook's programs accessible to riders throughout the Washington area through work/study and other programs. Our mission statement says that "Meadowbrook seeks to make the joy of engaging with horses available to children and adults from all walks of life through partnerships with schools and nonprofits." To this end, we have looked carefully at our lesson and other fees and compared them to other riding facilities in the region. Although there are a few less expensive options, our fees are comparable to (or even well below) other facilities that provide the same quality of programs. For example, we provide well-trained and well cared for lesson horses, experienced professional staff, safe and clean barns and grounds, and up to date equipment. Please feel free to give us a call if you'd like to discuss further!

google R Reviewer: I started riding since I was a kid. When I moved to this area I started looking for an equestrian I tried around 7 or 8 places in MD and VA to find a good place with good horses. The good thing about Meadowbrook is the vicinity to my place. They also have several horses which you can choose from. However, the facility (mainly staff) wont allow you to enjoy riding here or using some of the benefits. Main thing I noticed was the fact that there is no one responsible in this place, I went there to schedule lessons, there was a girl in the office I think her name was Allie (very unwelcoming person) told me about the schedule and other things, then later another day another person told me totally different things. Actually I noticed that here I need to deal with a bunch of unprofessional immature people with sort of passive aggressive personality. One other big issue here was the scheduling. Apparently I had to pay for 32 weeks in advanced (one lesson a week) and I wouldn't be able to reschedule more than once. Which means if I cannot make lessons on that specific time, I will loose it. And the fee for each lesson is more than other places that I have been. That makes it very awkward. And of course there is no indoor arena. Some of the instructors seem friendly and some of them are totally unpleasant. I found a private barn which is much better than this place and started riding there.
Response: Thank you for sharing your concerns. We apologize for your negative experience and any misunderstanding. Our summer lesson program and school year lesson program have different schedules and policies, which may have led to different descriptions of the program. Please reach out if you are interested in any of our future lesson programs as we would be more than happy to give you the complete and correct details!

Susan four: We have been part of the Meadowbrook family for 10 years. It is an amazing place to learn to ride and to continue to grow as a rider. The instructors are top notch and the horses are wonderful.
Response: Thank you, Susan!

Mary Kennedy: I have been riding at Meadowbrook for twenty years. I appreciate the wonderful staff and the excellent ponies and horses. The instructors are knowledgeable and patient and the barn staff take wonderful care of the hardworking critters.
Response: Thank you, Mary!

3. Little Burgundy Farm

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Little Burgundy Farm
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 5715 Sable Dr, Alexandria, VA 22303

Telephone: (571) 357-4330

Guy: Horse riding school



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virginie gimenez: My kids tried a summer camp and they loved it. It was focused on dressage. They were in the beginner’s class, which was perfect for their first time. They learned a lot and one of the main important thing about horse riding was to take care of the horse: feed him, clean him, groom him... I highly recommend it for first timer. I can’t judge for the older section but I bet it is as good.
Response: Virginie, Thank you for your review and pictures. I'm glad to hear your children enjoyed camp. We hope to see them again next year.

P Soriano: One of the last lesson barns in Fairfax County not far from Alexandria. The riding program is focused on dressage and provides good opportunities for shows. The stable is small with an outdoor round pen and outdoor riding arena that can accommodate up to 4 riders comfortably. Most lessons are private with a few group lessons offered. The horses and instructors are very good overall.
Response: Thank you very much for your comments. As a small, private farm, we do our best to share our little farm and provide riding opportunities to those in our local community. We always appreciate feedback on how we're doing.

Doris Truong: I've been going to Little Burgundy for about a year to get beginner riding lessons as an adult. I occasionally see younger riders (or summer campers), and they all seem to be really enjoying themselves. The horses are good-natured, and all the tack is provided (they even have helmets to borrow if you don't have one). It's a quiet area that's accessible to major thoroughfares.

Chloe Morton: My sister has been riding at LBF for about 1 year now. She enjoys spending time with the horses and helping out as a counselor during summer camp. The instructors are reliable, kind, and competent and many lesson times are always available. The summer camp director is very friendly and always happy to help the campers. LBF is very accessible from DC, MD, and VA. Our family would definitely recommend Little Burgundy Farm to riders of all different skill levels.

Rani Hammond: My daughter (9) and I (45+) both ride at this barn! We have had a good experience with the trainers and the support staff. We have a regular time slot each week and can pick up extras as available. The horses are great and their is good variety in the selection. I would highly recommend this barn

Mara Winn: My daughter, 11, has been riding here for about 2 1/2 years now. We love her instructor Barbara as well as the horses. Little Burgundy Farm has been a great place for her to learn to ride.

James Andors: A wonderful stable with happy horses and knowledgeable staff.

Elsie Fisher: Love the barn and the staff
Response: Thank you for your rating. We try hard to meet the needs of our riding club members and appreciate any constructive feedback to make us better.

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Mohsen Almihdhar: Very organized

4. Merkel Farm Equestrian Center

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44 reviews
Merkel Farm Equestrian Center
Location
4.9
Price
4.8
Class
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Teachers
4.8

Address: 9439 Merkel Farms Rd, Bowie, MD 20715

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (301) 526-4205

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Luis Rueda: This is a real horse ranch, not a set of fancy stables. My daughter attends weekly riding classes and she lives it. She has steadily progressed and become better and more confident at riding. The staff is great. They are excellent teachers and work hard to ensure students learn and develop with each lesson. They have a large selection of horses with myriads of personalities to challenge students. It is a really great place and the operate a popular summer camp as well. Highly recommended.

Anika Clark: I took lessons at Merkel for almost a year and had a wonderful experience there. I sadly had to discontinue lessons due to having to move to NC, but I absolutely adored Merkel. Miss Kelly and Miss Stephanie are fantastic instructors and the horses are absolutely wonderful!! Large arenas and amazing trails to ride in and overall an amazing facility to ride at. Would definitely recommend for riders of any experience level!!

Christa Wark: This is a beautiful farm with plenty of room to ride. They have indoor & outdoor rings for riding. The owner is frequently on site and great to chat with! 😊

Todd Thompson: Great lessons, great people, reasonable prices, nice quiet place.

Melanie Gaschick: They have great trainers and the horses are well-taken care of.

aaron shanklin: Best Horse Farm Ever. Trainer and Owner are phenomenal , friendly people with horses and their riders. I highly recommend Merkel Farms.

Mali Yimesgen: Such a warm and kind place, great experience for my kids this summer, and they want to continue taking riding lessons here.

Amy Garrett: My daughter has been riding here for over three years for a reason. Great people, sweet horses, fun challenges and wonderful friends.

Rodneikka S.: We allowed our liitle one to attend horse camp here. Great staff and warm experience!

Clayton Harmon: It has horses. The people are awesome. What more can a person hope for.

5. Potomac Horse Center

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Potomac Horse Center
Location
4.2
Price
4.3
Class
4.2
Facilities
4.2
Teachers
4.2

Address: 14211 Quince Orchard Rd, North Potomac, MD 20878

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (301) 208-0200

Guy: Stable



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Ellie Valkenburg: I went here a few years ago and sure i got to ride but if i stayed there i would be walking/trotting over poles, i went to this other place (which is AMAZING) and had to fix so much bad habits! I am now jumping at a great position. Sure its a good - looking stable but what would you want a good - looking stable or can ACTUALLY ride really well. I would pick the second one. The staff is ok but not great, i recommend a different place where it does not take you like 8 years or so to get to jumping. I was here for 2 - 3 years and was just canter, trot, walk. In UNDER a year I am working on a great position and learning courses. This is WAY over priced and if you want to be trotting and walking over poles after 4 - 8 something years be my guest but I sure will not be doing that.

Liz Edwards: Been riding here for over 4 years now, and I can't think of a better place to ride. Excellent lesson horses (love Hermione and Twinkie) and even better instructors. Caitlyn is incredible! They also make sure our boy Remi is always taken care of.

Jules Palmer: Genuinely based off of friendliness and kindness itself, the lady at the desk on November first was really unpleasant and seemed highly annoyed with the 70 seconds it took me to ask her if I could take photos because my sisters used to ride here. I under stand they can’t let people do that because people board their horses here. But the way you tell the message matters. The property is lovely.

Sean Liu: Great place to learn about horses and see some of them in action!

Incroyant: My kids rode here for 10+ yrs...basically outgrew the lessons.We were in the area and stopped by only to find that any of the friendliness the place had before was gone. Now it's seemed more for boarding your horse than actually teaching anyone to ride.

Yanping Zhang: Potomac Horse center is a wonderful place for young riders (or maybe adult riders too)! My daughter has been riding for 4 years, we started at Potomac Horse Center about two years ago, and she loves the experience, so we switched to PHC officially last year. The instructors are great, staffs are very friendly, the horses are awesome! She already had a few favorite horses... and considering doing shows and competitions... For the people who really loves horses, this is a great place to ride and connect to them...

Taylor Cusack: I started riding lessons here a few months ago and my experience has been amazing! The staff is very friendly, helpful and has been flexible with my busy schedule. My instructor Maddie is incredible too! I've been riding my whole life on and off, but when I started riding at Potomac Horse Center, it was clear my technique desperately needed some help and guidance. Maddie has been so patient and helpful for me, her instruction is very on point! She's a pro! In only a few months, I've felt a lot of improvement and it's all due to Maddie's instruction-- ask for her when you sign up for lessons! Potomac Horse Center is very reasonably priced, has great schooling horses and lots of lesson opportunities for adults and children in many disciplines and levels of riding. Highly recommend!

James Thompson: I would classify Potomac Horse Center as a factory assembly line of horse training, which is sad because our daughter was really excited about the program. The 30 minute lessons are typically more like 15 mins of actual riding, which does not lend itself to familiarity for a young rider. There is little to no focus on safety or providing the basic skills required for a child to learn how to properly ride horses or be around them in general. Multiple horses are known to try to take advantage of younger, smaller kids, yet the “instructors” don’t pay attention. They’re too busy checking their cell phones to notice. Our daughter was hit twice in the face by a horse. She is five. The response from two employees...”oh he does that to the smaller kids.” Not the answer we want to hear when our daughter is excited about riding and we are paying for appropriate instruction. Sadly, we will not be taking our daughter back to this location. Our daughter is scared of the horses, and we have no faith in the instruction at PHC. I don’t know if there is an accreditation for riding instruction, but this place should not have one. What a waste of money and time. The worst part is how it affected our daughter’s desire to ride or be around horses. Hopefully, another riding center will give her the attention, instruction, and most importantly safety she deserves.

Janine Jabbour: My daughter has been riding at this horse center for 2 years, but recently, I have decided that she will no longer attend after I've had repeated negative experiences with the staff member, "Deb," who answers the phones and takes care of scheduling. She is unhelpful and uncooperative when faced with simple questions, and quickly resorts to being rude and arrogant instead of trying to remedy my concerns. Of these concerns, my biggest was the issue of placement and instructors at Potomac Horse Center. In the past few months, my daughter rode at levels Jump I and Jump 2, and after a 6 month hiatus, was not allowed to resume at this level, and was only given the option to take the beginner jump class. These basic courses are oftentimes full with too many students in a too wide age range, and instructors cannot individualize attention to anybody. When I asked Deb if I could speak with the instructor, she flat out refused, and I believe that she needs to get off her high horse (no pun intended) and receive customer service training. It is my impression that this center slows progression so that they can make the most money out of you while at the same time making it difficult for you or your child to receive the instruction they need to be able to advance. As for the condition of the horses, they seem overworked, and oftentimes act up in the ring. There is a high turnover of instructors, and unfortunately, the good ones don't last very long. In short, I would caution you to choose another stable if you value being treated with respect as a customer and want proper riding instruction.

Stacey Pearl: My daughters attended this camp for the first time summer 2019. I can say that it wasn't the best experience. If you don't have your own helmet, the kids don't wear the same helmet all week (If you worry about things like lice...). The kids rotate to different adults throughout the day instead of having the opportunity to develop a relationship and feel safe/secure with one. Counselors don't seem to be very skilled with how they talk with and to campers or assist them with solving problems and managing their belongings.

6. Tamarack Stables

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Tamarack Stables
Location
4.6
Price
4.6
Class
4.7
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.6

Address: 9905 Old Colchester Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (703) 339-5160

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David Dudley: We love Tamarack Stables! And, we have had nothing but positive experiences there. My daughter came with some experience, but since she began taking lessons here, her riding and confidence has grown. Madeleine’s ability to control the horse is now intentional, and her general knowledge of the ring and understanding of why she is being asked to do certain things has reached new levels. Some horses are better than others, but that’s everywhere you go. And, Ms. Courtney, her instructor, teaches my daughter and the other girls the way I would teach them if I could. I highly recommend this place if you want to learn how to ride and care for a horse. It is also a great place for children to learn personal responsibility.

Angela H: Blaze & Grant are knowledgeable and down to earth young men. This is a family owned horse stable. Blaze said it goes back over 60 years. I rode a retired show horse named "Artie", he was a wise man for sure. I'm on the larger side and so was he so I'm sure that's why he was assigned to me and I'm glad (just a hint for the big girls and tall men) in case you would like to request Arti by name. My mate rode "Joker" who he loved! We rode with a family of three, the dad had teenagers so inquire when you make your reservations. We had an amazing time with them. We weren't aware until we arrived, but it was no big deal for us (we went as a couple and no kids). They keep the riding instructions very basic/ entry level. We had two guides. Come dressed comfortable and relaxed. Because we lucked up with amazing weather we went through a pond. So beware you may get wet. The young horse "Sierra" wanted to play in the water. Her rider jumped off into the water after the horse wouldn't move! Again everyone had a blast and was so down to earth. I will be back later in the fall or perhaps sooner. Thank you DCFox5 for recommending this zip trip. P.S the bonus view is Lilly the pot-belly pig that roams the property.

Amy Tux: Everyone here: trainers, people, kids, owners, are all very rude. It is impossible to get a response unless you go there directly, so don’t even try. The owners are so very rude. The horses are worked 3 times a day every day and given poor turn out in muddy areas. Harsh bits are used in the hands of beginner lesson students who have not learned how to have soft hands. Lesson students are jumping+cantering before learning the basics of riding. This is unsafe for horses and riders. One time, the horse my daughter was riding refused a jump. She is older know and has learned that it was her fault for not sending clear signals. The trainer had her halt the horse in front of the jump and whack it with a crop. These horses were practically abused for not responding to rider error. How are you going to punish a horse for not being a mind reader and doing exactly what you want, before you tell the rider how to communicate with them? Awful business and people. My daughter had never been more uncomfortable to the point where she was scarred to ride. If you ever didn’t feel comfortable with a horse or a jump height, they would force you to do it anyways with little to no assistance. My daughter was once in a stall with a horse called Rusty, who kicked and tried to bite her. This was so very dangerous and no one tried to tell her or help her before she almost got kicked, so she had to go get someone. How can you give a beginner rider a dangerous horse with no warning that they might kick you while tacking up? Do not recommend whatsoever.

alejandro mendoza: We had a great experience at Tamarack Stables, Tim the owner was super nice, friendly, and understanding. The staff was also super friendly when we first came out there, they let us meet the horses and allow my 5 yr old to get acquainted with them before riding. Our guide Blaze was super nice and very engaging as we took the trail. Overall a great experience and a hugh recommendation to visit this guys. It's best if you book them online, they will respond faster than over the phone. Lastly. The horses looked very healthy and well taken care off.

Smells Bad: Horrible horrible barn. Even if you’re doing a trail ride. Horses are let to roam free in the barn, others are left in a muddy paddock where their hooves are cracked. Most of them are malnourished. Tried to schedule a lesson and one of the people working there was very sweet, proceeded to explain to me that the owner was not. Most of the people “working” are children that drag around brooms and stare at you uncomfortably, turns out most of them are somehow related to the owner. The barn itself is disgusting and only the paths are remotely cleaned. Went to watch the lesson going on and there was someone who seemed to be well versed on a horse, and another that could barely post in the trot, both were jumping 2-3 feet. I wouldn’t go here if it was the last place I would ever get on a horse. Horrific practice and horrible business. Can’t believe I was recommended this place. Pros: potbelly pig

Marnie Alexander: My daughter took lessons for a season at Tamarack and I don't recommend it to other parents. I was surprised driving up how unkept the place looked, but the reviews were good so I overlooked it. At first I was surprised by how either angry or distant all the horses seemed and now I know why. Once my daughter was tacking up a horse that started to try and bite her and one of the teens working at the barn brought in a stick and started to beat it. No one batted an eye...apparently this is normal there. What shocked me the most was how often my daughter was handed a horse from the class before. I took this picture of the horses work schedule and it looks like many of them work 3-5 hours per day and apparently don't get a day off. Also once my daughter was told to ride a horse without a shoe. I asked if this is comfortable for the horse and they said no, but they didn't have any other horses because they had a trail ride...How is that acceptable?! It sounds like they have too many riders, not enough horses, and no adults to step in and say that the horses aren't treated well. We'll be taking our business elsewhere.

Meagan Gregory: We had an awesome trail ride experience today. The introduction to the horses was safe an efficient, and the wranglers took care to make sure we knew how to handle the animals. The actual ride was a beautiful walk through the woods and across a large creek behind the stables. Our guide, Grant (I think?), did an *amazing* job coaching my seven-year-old, inexperienced rider through the ride. This was my daughter’s first solo ride so she was a little nervous at first, but our guide talked to her the entire time and made her feel comfortable and safe. She spent the rest of the day talking about how much fun she had. My parents and I are more experienced with horses and we also had a wonderful time. The trek across the creek was a highlight, for sure, especially when the horses started playing in the water! We will definitely be back!

Warren Graves: Tamarack Stables gave our family a wonderful riding experience. Our teenage girls were asked to brush the horses first, and we watched all their apprehensions turn to smiles and admiration for the beautiful horses. We were quickly instructed on the necessary techniques, and enjoyed a marvelous ride along their natural, scenic trails with exciting and varying terrain and landscapes, including a wide creek crossing. Our guide was friendly, personable and professional. We even got to enjoy the company of Brandy, the Australian cattle dog, who frolicked along our trek and entertained us with her frequent dips in creeks along the way. I would recommend Tamarack Stables to everyone! W. Graves

Kane Able: My wife and I had a amazing anniversary ride. The trail is gorgeous and the trail guides are very helpful, understanding and professional.I plan to return and ride with them again.

Aleah Larson: Great little stable, family owned and operated. They were super responsive when we emailed them and we had a fantastic 1 hour trail ride on a lovely spring day. My 9 year old had a great time for her annual birthday ride, we'll definitely be back! The horses seemed happy and well taken care of, the crew who helped get the horses ready were friendly and astute, and our trail ride guides (Blaise and Tim) were super personable and attentive without being overbearing. We had a great time with Gracie and Scooby, thanks guys!

7. Woodland Horse Center

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19 reviews
Woodland Horse Center
Location
4.2
Price
4.1
Class
4.1
Facilities
4.1
Teachers
4.1

Address: 16301 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (301) 421-9156

Guy: Horse riding school



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Woodland Horse Center: what do users think?


Trisha Gupta: I am a intermediate rider, who started riding again as an adult after a major horse related accident. I had spoken with the stable about prioritizing safety as I have spinal stenosis. I wanted a class that worked on a strong seat that was not competative. They put me in an A2 riding class on a challenging mount third lesson in. The horse had bad ground manners and did throw me. Accidents happen and riders fall, but this horse was a terrible fit for me. I was badly injured. I have a concussion, ripped discs and more stenosis. I will not be able to ride again. Considering that I had told them about my situation and was not interested in competition riding - I did not think they heard me at all. And to make things worse the issues with the horse escalated and I should have gotten off. But the instructor did not seem to have time to address the problems in the class. But in general, I was willing to pay for privates or therapeutic lessons. There judgement was awful. And they really have hurt my quality of everyday life. Ride at a school that handles safety better. I competed for 16 years, and I have encountered better schools.

Kimberly Heimert: This is a diamond in the rough. Not pretentious. Excellent animals, absolutely no personality problems with any of them. Various social programs available for children - trips to horse shows, parades. Children and adult riders can get all the exposure and experience in the actual barn that they want, or very little if that's what they want. The tack is well cared for. The riding facilities are very well groomed. The instructors are highly classified - look at the website and check them out. You will not find a better place to ride, especially if you are looking for a place for your children to learn not just about riding, but about life at a stable, and in turn, life in general.

Julianna Ramirez: AMAZING place to ride! The horses are great and they have amazing shows for kids and adults who seek experience. Please don't mind the comment about the moody mares, I promise that the horses at Woodland are well broken. Like all animals(including humans) we get moody and frustrated, any educated person would know that a horses mood can't be controlled.

alex RosIn: My 6 yr the of daughter did a one wk camp. This was her first time riding and taking care of horses. She loved it. The lady running it Karen her assistant Cathryn, and volunteer helpers were all excellent, very caring and really made this a fantastic experience. Our daughter is already asking to return

Joselyn Martinez: If possible, I would rate Woodland Horse Center zero stars because upon my arrival, I asked the workers in their shop located in the entrance, where the introduction lesson takes place. They were rude and did not seem happy to help. Next, the elderly lady in the white barn was also very rude and wasn't lenient when asked if my sister and I can take the lesson. She claimed that we had arrived late and that it was not possible to enter us into the class. In the end, my short experience there was not pleasant and hope that they better their attitudes for other potential clients/riders.

Ashley Christian: Wonderful place with great horses. They have an intro lesson every Sunday at 1 pm, but you must arrive on time, just like to anything else that has a set time....the staff is super knowledgeable and friendly, the facilities give an old rustic feel to the place, feels like home

Gisele Hawkins: It’s always fun and an adventure there! There’s lots of things to do, nice horses and people everywhere you turn. There’s events, party’s and always a chance to meet or learn something new.

La CubanadeMatanzas: I have been going to this ranch for yeers and this is where I learned to ride. IMO its the best in Maryland

Mauricio Veiga: i ride there and it is the best stable ever and vary nice and prety hroses

Giles Jacknain: Easily the best place for riding lessons in the DMV!