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“Surprisingly good ride in an increasingly urban area”

Morris's Shadow Mountain Stables
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Owner description: Great place to take the family for party, trail ride, riding lessons. Wonderful horses relaxing and close to surrounding major cites.
Reviewed 17 September 2011

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.

3  Thank Dayngerous
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

The "trail ride" includes riding quite a ways on paved streets where a bunch of new houses are being built. You first lead your horses on a busy street to a place where you can mount; at the end of the ride, you dismount & lead them back to the stable. Cars are whizzing by & it's dangerous. You ride for awhile thru' trees & on real trails, but then you come out into this area where you ride on the streets, in a neighborhood complex, with kids on bicycles & pedestrians. On the ride I took with my friends, two people fell off; fortunately, not on the pavement, but it could have been bad. One horse jumped a ditch & my friend fell off. The other horse spooked & the rider fell off. Riding on pavement for block after block is just not safe at all. They encourage beginners to come & ride but the riding conditions & the horses are not good for beginners. I certainly will never go back. It's a wonder she hasn't been sued before now. You sign a waiver before you ride, but you do this assuming that you'll be riding in a safe environment.

10  Thank Dakini08
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

I have a daughter who, when we started with Bonnie, was a beginning rider. When you first pull up to Morris Shadow Mountain, you arrive at Bonnies House. We arrived to a home and yard never maintained. We decided to not judge a book by its cover and proceeded to the back of the house where lessons are taught. Bonnie, even after two conversations had forgotten we had a lesson. I had even called and confirmed the day prior, But after she finished the one lesson she was on, made an effort and apologized for her confusion. We just started 20 mins late. We then paid cash for the six lesson deal in advance. On the following Saturday lesson, Bonnie was no where to be found. We waited again for the lesson which was over 20 mins late and then she didnt even give us the alotted time for the lesson we paid for since she had another after us. So at this point we were frustrated, but hoping things would get better. On the third lesson, we arrived and NO BONNIE. A neighbor little girl was there working and helping out and had no idea where Bonnie was. We waited an hour, tried knocking on the doors, calling, ect. Bonnie had forgotten to call us an cancle since her other lessons did, she was out running errands. We told her about our frustration and told her we wanted our remaining lessons and over $150 credit refunded. She agreed and apologized, but never refunded us.

In otherwords, we should have listened to our gut and realized that with her house, yard, and farm so disorganized and filthy, that she would be disorganized as well. There is other places to ride of the same prices and that are clean, organized, great the kids, and very professional. Dont waste you money!!

18  Thank equestrianriderdad
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