Don't ever ride horses at sun city
stables that place is awful and needs to be shut down. Horses shouldn't have to be beaten to get them to go on a trail and follow directions, and thats what they tell you to do. A good trail horse doesn't try and buck you off and kick and bite the other horses. If none of their horses are kid/new rider friendly, then they have no business being open. And they don't offer refunds. The people are rude, and when we tried to get another horse for one of our beginner riders, we had to wait 10 minutes while they stood there smoking their cigarette before they even bothered responding to us. Then they had to think way to long about what horse might actually be a better choice for a new rider. And my horse only listened when I had a stick in my hand. This place may be cheap, but the trail is short, the people are rude, you have to pay cash, the horses don't listen, and they don't offer refunds. Oh, and did I mention that the stall floors are dirt and there's no grass anywhere?
We paid for 2 hours and never even got to the actual trails. $360 wasted. No refund.
We had a great time. I went to SCS yesterday with my wife to celebrate my birth day. We paid for 2 hours and got a free one. I rode on Starbuck and my wife on Mrs Candu. We are both beginer riders and we had no issues witht the horses. As most trail horses the know the trails, however, since it was the middle of the week and early Morning there was no one else there but us so we rode around. We went up and down and all around (I even got a little turned around at which time I let the horse lead me back to "the gate". Starbuck responded to the commands very well and I was able to trot and even canter! I will go back to SCS soon to take my son to his 1st ride ever....I will be asking for Starbuck again!!
Avoid This Place.
This place was appalling. I have been riding and showing horses for over ten years and I thought it would be fun to take my friend out here to ride for the first time. When we arrived at the property, I noticed how extremely dirty everything is, and how pitiful all of the animals looked (especially in the "petting zoo"). The horses are made to stand in tiny, dirty enclosures, with a heavy western saddle on ALL DAY. It was about 90 degrees today, and the only shelter they had were some measly tarps. The water they provided the animals was green and sludgy, and was definitely not fit for consumption.
Again, my friend had never ridden a horse before, and the horse that they gave her was extremely uncooperative and dangerous for a beginner rider. It got so bad that we switched horses on the trail. I frankly was surprised that they would put ANYONE on this horse in good faith (and unguided?!). We were constantly fighting the entire time, especially when nearing the exit point. It was only because I had so much riding experience that I was even able to keep this horse on the trails, and it was especially disconcerting when he didn't seem to understand basic commands.
The trails themselves were horrid. I remember joking around saying "Wow, I thought we were going trail riding, no one said anything about the swamps!" The paths were extremely narrow and unkempt, and in some places we could barely fit the horses between the trees without scraping our legs. The staff had said in passing before we started our ride that the trails were "a little muddy", and that was the understatement of the century. In some places the mud was up to the horses knees, and it was very difficult for them to wade through it. In other places, the trail was completely underwater. However, the worst part was the banana spiders that were hanging EVERYWHERE. I couldn't even enjoy the ride because I was ducking and swerving trying to avoid them. However, this was impossible and twice I ran face- first into their webs.
Overall, I'm sorry that I went here. I liked that they let us go unguided, because I would have been very bored in a group. However, I don't think that it was worth it. The animals are in no condition to work, and are not trained for beginners. I thought it was funny how they say on their website that you can gallop if you want to, seeing as there is NO WHERE to safely go faster than a trot. If you're looking for a nice ride, pay the extra money and go elsewhere.
helpful. Staff very friendly and helpful.
great!. We loved it! our guied was great and we'll be back.
THANKS. Doug guided us, great guy. Thanks
Love this Place!!. My husband took me here as a surprise for Mother's Day. It was recommended to him by a co-worker who loves horse and does show jumping as a hobby. I absolutely love the place. I highly recommend that you pay for a guide the first time out as the trails are not marked and they take a little getting used to. Our guide (David) was extremely knowledgable and curteous. He told us everything we needed to know in the first half hour of our trip and then we were able to go on our own for the next two and half hours. One review said here to be aware of a horse named "Diamond". I rode her today! She was great! The only thing to remember is that horses in any trail ride always want to return to their stable and look forward to the ride out ending and they know how to get back to the stables on their own and will try to take the trails that lead back. Once you know your way around a bit, it is quite easy to keep them going on the trails. It took firm handling sometimes but she did listen. And as a note, the guide gave us several tips on handling the horses properly so they would listen to us. We definitley plan on coming back and consider this place the best deal around as far as the freedom they give you. They also have no age limit on lessons for kids which is really great as we have two daughters who will be ready to start learning soon. Pros: Many trails to explore, option of no guide Cons: Trails not marked, worth paying for guide first time
great. It was so fun! Our guide was great
relaxing. It was a lot of fun! very relaxing.
nice! =). Very well trained horses
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