The stalls are kept clean and if there is something amiss with your horse they will call. Their feeding program is nice, too. They also have nice outdoor and indoor arenas. However, the price they are charging for board is not worth just having clean stalls, good feed and an eye kept on your horse. These are all things that should be done at a full care facility anyway, in my opinion. -------
As the farm is only on five or so acres and they have around 30 horses on the property, there isn't adequate turnout. There are a few 12' x 12' pens and two larger (think round pen sized) pens for ""turnout."" The only decent space to turn your horse out to actually have room to run is in the arenas, which is not allowed. If you have them turnout your horse it is $5/day for two to three hours. Blanketing is $45/month. For the cheapest stall, blanketing and daily turnout the monthly board comes to $595! -------
Most of their stalls have mesh fronts with sharp edges protruding. The run s are in need of new footing/deep cleaning, as manure and urine are currently the base. The fencing is questionable in a few of the ""turnout"" pens, as well. -------
There were one or two boarders that were very friendly, but the rest wouldn't even acknowledge me. Mostly, I felt uncomfortable while at the barn and didn't enjoy going out. --------
I am personally not a fan of barn hours (theirs are 730am-8pm and they are closed on Christmas). I feel if I'm paying almost $600 I should be able to see my horse whenever I please - not that I would go in the middle of the night, but certainly closing at 8pm is a little restrictive to those who work and have families. -------
I had no real experience with the trainer, Jackie Bell, other than she is who charges extra for the turnout and blanketing. -------
Compared to what is available, for around the same price, at other nearby facilities, Hampden Equestrian Center isn't worth the money. They didn't use the space they have very well, but did manage to cram as many horses as possible on it.