Having read reviews here and on another rating site, I was prepared for a tumbledown facility, filthy, ill-kempt horses and a careless owner.
What I found was an unusually clean working farm, healthy animals (horses, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, etc.) a friendly dog and cat, tack in good condition and horses that were as suitable for beginners as can be outside of a pony-ring (where the riders have no control at all and the ponies have no choice but to shuffle along at a walk). It is a *working farm*, not a petting zoo or pet store. It is not spotless, it is not antiseptic.
Bonnie and her staff made sure everyone was on a suitable horse. When she saw that two children who had come along were on such excitement overload that they couldn't safely ride on their own, she changed plans and she and her assistant walked alongside leading those horses so the kids could still ride. The kids had a great time and were all smiles at the end of the ride. The younger of the two was behind me, and I heard her chattering and laughing throughout the ride.
We had one moment of excitement when one of the horses spooked a bit, but that's all it was: a moment. It happens. It won't happen everytime, but can happen anytime. An outfitter who tells you his horses never spook is lying.
We rode out from the arena, along roads, woods and sidewalks, then back into the arena. No one (aside from Bonnie and her assistant who were both on foot) had to dismount and walk at any point. I would guess that from departure to return we were out for about an hour and 20 minutes. We were passed by cars when we had to travel on or next to roads, but the horses are clearly very used to that and showed no signs of distress or fear over the cars passing by.
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