Now when I say lifesaver i mean it. I been toa couple different boarding facilities for my horse that have been kind but as i grew with experience i need more. Manito has recently required a great staff and Lisa the owner alowed my horse to cone as an emergency when she saw the horrible treatment from my last barn . My horse has gained a lot of weight lately and i don't like to think she probably wouldn't have made it if lisa wouldn't have taken us. Some barns are nice but just don't ...view moreunderstand the adequite care a horse needs. The lesson horses are old but are in well enough shape which i have heard personally from there vet. If you want to relax and ride for fun i recommend it.view less
Manito Equestrian Center
Some of my best memories come from this amazing barn. I had the privilege of attending Manito's summer camp program when I was younger, which led to lessons and an apprenticeship. I would recommend this barn to anyone who has a passion for horsemanship or the desire to learn. Manito taught me so much more than what I learned in my lessons. I gained confidence, respect for myself and others, work ethic and many more skills that helped me be successful in my adult life today. More t...view morehan 15 years have gone by and to this day I have yet to find an environment that is as positive and rewarding as Manito Equestrian Center.
I have 2 small children now and cannot wait until they are ready to go to their first day of camp this coming summer. It is impossible to ignore some of the negative comments that are listed below. I found it extremely disheartening to read some of the more unwarranted personal attacks on the barn owner. As a parent I know I would want to know the truth about any establishment that my children might attend and would need to be comfortable with the owner and staff.
I can tell you from personal experience that Lisa Schadt is one of the most genuine, caring and hard working individuals that I have ever met. I have seen first hand her personally take care of not only her horses but also her students. She ensures that all horses are fed, groomed, up to date on vet care and that their overall well being is seen to. Lisa always made herself available to me or my parents if we had a simple question or concern about lessons, scheduling or anything else for that matter. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn so much from her, she was and is a great mentor.
She cannot be there 100% of the time as she simultaneously runs a business, this much is true. but on countless occasions she was both the first to arrive and last to leave, I can say that confidently because I was often the second to arrive and second to last to leave :) I recall requesting that my mother just let me sleep there.
I hope my comments are helpful to anyone who is on the fence about Manito, Lisa or any of the staff. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.
Alicia Pramikview less
Not a great place. Horses are nice, but very old. Some walk with an obvious limp. A lot of them cough. I took four lessons here. Had three different instructors, each one told me completely different things. Very confusing and a complete waste of money (plus lessons are expensive -- $55 for one hour which includes 15 of grooming the horse before the lesson and 15 minutes grooming them after, so you only get a maximum of 30 minutes actual lesson time). Will not go back.
My daughter also rides at Manito, and we are extremely happy. We have actually enjoyed the various perspectives offered by the teachers at Manito and see this as a positive. My daughter has been able to pick up new techniques that were not explained or offered to her at the barn she rode at previously. We were looking forward to the new instructor taking over my daughter
As others have mentioned, facility seems to have untapped potential and is in a good location. However the barn seems to have trouble keeping good riding instructors and new personnel are constantly coming and going. It made it hard on my daughter, who would grow attached to one teacher only to have a new one a few weeks later. In a six month period she had roughly four or five different instructors and it seemed we spent more time explaining what level she was at than actually seeing ...view morean improvement in her riding. We are now at a new barn that has had the same instructor for the past six years and are very happy. Also the lesson prices always seemed a little high compared to what other barns in the area are charging.view less
If you have been in the horse business, you will appreciate the efforts of this owner. We are the only ones who get it. Most of us have been unable to do what she has done. Those who are not barn owners, or those with personal agendas- get a life and give the woman the credit she deserves. How many of you have 36 year old horses? How many of you have survived the recession without closing your barns? How many of you have had employees you could trust? We all learned the same lessons; ...view moreshe just keeps getting up again after being hammered by people who don't deserve to be in the same room with her. Shut your mouths and show some respect. We're lucky to have her.view less
My daughter rides at Manito and, although our current experience is decent, I feel that the barn has much untapped potential. The current instructor is excellent, however I fear Manito's terrible ability to retain employees. It seems like no money is invested in the facility or the horses and the barn is heading for inevitable collapse. The owner is rarely on the premises and appears to have little true interaction with the animals.
I cannot in good conscience recommend a so called professional boarding and lesson facility that uses a 35+ year old underweight mare in their lesson program. I understand that times are difficult, but employing the use of a horse that should have obviously been retired years ago simply to make money is deplorable and unethical. I am also very disappointed in the weight and overall condition of this particular horse. The old adage
1 star... because the horses are fantastic..
the owner... not so much.
She has to be bi-polar, it's very unfortunate that the place is run the way it is. For years now it seems they've had such a high turnover rate with instructors, workers.
PS, if she tells you she sold you a horse/is making a deal on a horse -
1. make sure you get that documented.
2. and take the horse off the property!
Either she will rob you, ""play"" you, and if the horse stays... probably not really y...view moreours. Lesson kids are gunna ride it, random people are gunna ride it. Not good business strategy. No barn etiquette AT ALL. ""OWNER OF BARN"" has no CLUE what shes doing with horses. She is only in it for the money... and anyone who wants to cry that she rescues horses... BULL! yeah she allows them on the property, but her WORKERS take care of the animal BECAUSE SHES NOT THERE!
Anyway I bet the place just continues to get worse as the years go on. I'm sure numerous people have have been duped, overcharged, or have learned nothing from her or her ""instruction"" staff.
Good. Luck.view less
Manito is a great barn! My daughter takes lessons there now and she is doing great and loves the barn, the horses and her instructor. It is one of the best places to happen to my family. My daughter has been very shy and since she started taking lessons there she is now participating in class and her grades are coming up. Her instructor, Valentina is wonderful, every little girl should have someone so kind as their teacher.