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Lakewood Pony Adventure

Lakewood Equestrian Center

Pony Time at Lakewood Equestrian Center

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Very unfriendly.

I saw the center while driving by. I stopped in to check it out. It was very difficult to find the main office. The staff there did nothing to help, and glared at me like they wanted me to go away. When I did find the main office the manager was very unhelpful. Once I mentioned I was interested in lessons, she for some reason became nicer. I wonder why. Lessons are $50 and It looks like they have some really cool stuff to offer. If you're willing to deal with poor service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
That was some adventure!!!!! NOT!!!

My children grew up visiting the Lakewood Pony Adventure and it was a thriving business 15 years ago. I was excited to share the experience with my three little neighbors and took them and their mom over today. I'm sorry to say it was awful. The place is poorly run and that would be being polite. If you're going to work with people and their children get some people skills! The petting zoo was advertised but was not open. Their reason.....the person who handles it went back to high school! What?? So you have an advertised time but just don't have it open? While I was there a number of other parents came with their children to find they had traveled for nothing. The pony rides were awful.....I think it lasted approximately one minute if even that. Again, what's up with the staff? These people do not have the savvy or know how to work with people or children. Yikes! I was very sorry to see the place in such a dismal state. If it continues to be run as it is I cannot imagine it will last much longer. It once was a place of good memories and fun for kids now it's a little scary with a very unwelcoming feel!

Very sad!

Nancy A


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Stable Around!!

For the younger children there is a very nice pony ride and petting zoo area that is well run, clean, with very sweet animals. They even host parties!
My children are too old for the ponies now but there a riding school for older kids and adults. If you haven't seen it lately, you should stop in again! Sandie Mercer, the stable owner and head English trainer, along with Stephanie Feild, dressage trainer, have been making vast improvements.
It is a lovely boarding stable with a large riding school that has many lesson horses and multiple arenas with decent footing. They feed really well and clean the stalls daily. The rates are very competitive. I keep my 2 show horses here because it is the best stable in the area! I call it my home away from home!

Elena Teresa


Provided by Citysearch - 
One of the Few Great Riding Places left

Lakewood Equestrian Center is a great place to ride. The facility is one of the larger facilities in this area. It also offers two great riding programs in hunt seat and in dressage. The grounds have improved in the last several years with new footing in several of the arenas, new plantings, new turn outs and new stalls. The people boarding are great as well and also participate in making sure the facility continues to improve. This place has gotten a bad reputation due to the unfortunate experience of a few with conflicts with the management of facility. This is not the norm and does not represent certainly what is happening today. More people should come and check out this oasis within our city!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great boarders, poor management

this review is about the boarding stable, not the pony rides or petting zoo. Lakewood could be a fine stable--I hear that it was once upon a time. Now it is up to the boarders to do any upgrades at all. The owner simply doesn't care. You'll find boarders picking rocks out of the footing, planting trees, buying new hoses, putting mats in the washrack areas, etc. This is something management should do. Boarders watch out for your horses there, not the manager. The jumping arenas are raked maybe once a week, resulting in horses having to work on hard sand. The hay quality is inconsistent. Shavings are too. You have to be in training--and in a lesson--in order to jump, and there's only one jumping ""trainer"". Too bad, because the place is large, has a lot of arenas and turnout pens, and could really be a nice facility.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Lessons, Boarding

It was a wonderful experience to go take my niece here. The ponies are docile and friendly and she LOVED the experience. Not to mention it's a great thing to do that is easy on the pocketbook. Pony rides ... I forget how much... but I think they're like $5 to ride a pony the goes around and around a pole in a pretty carousel-type setup. The petting zoo was great too, at only $1 for admission to it. You can buy pellets to feed the goats and sheep for like $1.50 I think. It's definitely not an all day activity as the pony ride is short and how much petting zoo can a person take? But it's enchanting to a little one to get to ride a pony and spend time with the other animals. The only negative is that the workers are so RUDE. But I put up with it for the experience that a place like this gives children.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful Equestrian Center

This place I would recommend to all of the people in the world! They are so good with my daughter and all of their horses. They have great service in all ways the only thing is they have NOTHING wrong with their facility. they are wonderful!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Management Lowsy---owner grumpy and unmotivated

Lakewwood Equestrian Center has gone downhill for a number of different reasons. many of the riding areas have unsafe footing and poor or no lighting. There is little or no arena maintenance. The feed is mediocre. The costs are astronomical compared to the level of service. There is a dressage trainer and hunter jumper trainer(relative to owner). You are not allowed to do any sort of schooling over ground poles or anything unless you are in training with the hunter jumper trainer. The woman Chris who owns the place is rude to her customers and is unprofessional. The center could be so much more and provide a higher quality service to the shrinking equestrian community yet it continues in mediocrity.

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