I've been riding at Shiloh for several years now. This facility is by far the best I've ever been to. Everyone is family here and we work together as a team. The owner is one of the most knowledgable and dedicated horse people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Not everyone will agree with her methods, but they also don't know the reasons behind them. Everything she does is for the betterment of her horses and the safety of her clients. She has 45+ years of experience in perfecting her techniques. The way she trains her horses may be different than other trainers, but her horses are the most well-behaved I've seen and they LOVE their job. And thats because they are fed properly, not overworked, and most importantly, they are loved unconditionally. Most of the horses born on the farm have lived well into their 30's! I would absolutely recommend this barn to anyone who wants to learn how to ride in a family oriented, drama-free atmosphere. If you have any doubt in how wonderful this barn is, I suggest you come experience it for yourself.And for those who complain about the pasture situation, take time and do research on why the owner may be doing what she is. Some reasons feed hay instead of grass include: less risk of obesity, lower parasite infection rates, lower risk of laminitis from overgrazing, less tetanus infections, less mycotoxicosis from fungi that grow on grass, no poisonous weeds, and many more. Yes, horses need forage, but they can come from hay or grass, and there are pros and cons to feeding each. Simply because you do not think it is the right thing to do, does not make you correct.
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DO NOT listen to all the awful words people say about Shiloh Farms or Tam Hall. I have been with Shiloh Farms for almost 20 years. She takes Superb care of her horses. she feeds them the finest grains and supplements that are catered to the individual horse's needs. Her horses live to be way over the average life expectancy and they all are happy. She RESCUES horses and brings them back to life and gives them purpose. She teaches THERAPEUTIC RIDING to give people who have disabilities a chance to be around horses. In regards to how she is towards her students- she is family to me. I grew up with her and she has taught me life lessons and how to be a good person and respect horses. I HIGHLY recommend Shiloh Farms. Tam Hall's number one priority is the safety of her riders and the safety of her horses.
I've been riding with the owner, Tam, since 2005. I started with summer camps and was eventually able to start weekly lessons. She truly cares about all of her students and works hard to make sure they are confident riders that grow into confident people. She also expects you to take care of your horse properly. I used to be an extremely timid rider, but Tam helped match me with a rescued horse that matches me perfectly. Several of her horses have been raised on the farm, but many are rescues. It has been amazing to watch them go from timid, green horses to confident and suitable for beginners. Shiloh Farms not only teaches you how to ride, but how to become a well-rounded individual and horse person.
The horses are very well cared for. Tam, the owner puts safety of people and horses at a top priority. As a parent I value her expertise and knowledge of horsemanship as well as the barn rules that need to be followed to maintain safety for all. The 4-H club is fun and well run.