Matchmoor Riding centre Matchmoor Lane, Horwich, Bolton Reviews

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Matchmoor Riding centre Matchmoor Lane, Horwich, Bolton
Matchmoor Riding centre Matchmoor Lane, Horwich, Bolton

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“In a word SUPERB!!!”

Written on: 11/03/2012

My friend and I go on a hack at Match Moor when we can we try to go at least twice a month. It is affordable and is great for stress relief. The staff are a credit to the owner, they are very helpful and respectable. We are not the best horse riders as we only started to have lessons a couple of years ago and are not the youngest of riders either. All the horses we have rode have a great temperament. We are lucky to have a great riding school within a reasonable distance to our homes… Read Full Review

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“Great place , great staff, great horses, and great...”

Written on: 14/07/2011 by lozw01 (1 review written)

I have been attending this rding school for the last 6 weeks with my 2 daughters aged 9 and 7. None of us have ridden before, but ALL staff and the temperament of the horses are first class. We hope to progress from just a hack to actual riding lessons in the up and coming future weeks, but every time we go we have great fun and learn the basics from the staff, whom accompany you on the hack to progress to actual lessons. In a nutshell the tittle of this review says it all!! Laurence… Read Full Review

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“Well what can i say?... ”

Written on: 15/05/2011

Well what can i say?...
The best place ever! i've been riding 6&1/2 years.... this could be the most amazing and best place i've been too!
yes, i agree the Horses are cramped abit, but they are still kept healthy!
All horse are lovley tempermanted with a great personality... there are some cheecky one's, but that's just something every pony should really have!
I ride here once a week, but i wish i could ride more. They reguraly hold Dressage and Clear round Jumpings. They also hold an annual… Read Full Review

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“I am in my thirties and have been riding since I was...”

Written on: 15/05/2011

I am in my thirties and have been riding since I was eight. I have ridden at many different riding schools over the years and I have never been to one as good as Matchmoor.
Their horses are home bred (they have a Fell stallion and several different types of mares they breed from). This means that all the horses are trained in the same manner and the staff know them extremely well. Obviously they are all very different and have their own personalities, however, they all respond to the… Read Full Review

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“I am a more mature gent. and started riding 14yrs. ago...”

Written on: 14/03/2011

I am a more mature gent. and started riding 14yrs. ago at matchmoor riding centre with my wife,the instruction we got enabled us to go on to own horses of our own, we have had some fine hacks out from matchmoor and some hard but good lesson's.I have always admired Sue for the way she has run her riding centre if it was not for her a lot of people would never have been able to afford to ride.

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“i used to ride at matchmoor riding center and i...”

Written on: 31/01/2011

i used to ride at matchmoor riding center and i enjoyed every ridding lession i had there the staff where nice and the hourse where always in good condition i had to leave matchmoor but when i did i join enougher ridding school and it was terible and went once and never went again and wish i could still go to matchmoor. i would recormed to anyone who is intressed try it out… Read Full Review

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“A balanced (I hope) view. ”

Written on: 21/01/2011

A balanced (I hope) view.
Variety of horses with a wide range of talents
Range of instructors
Straightforward no frills yard
Cheap prices
Only outdoor schools which means it can be very wet, cold and windy in winter, occasionally iced over schools which are dangerous.
Horses can look muddy etc and appear to be cramped in some stables
Horses are regularly turned out.
Ill/injured horses are cared for with the aim of returning them to work at some point, however long it takes
Regular little… Read Full Review

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“I may only be 15, but I have been riding since i was 4...”

Written on: 10/01/2011

I may only be 15, but I have been riding since i was 4 and this has to be the best riding stables i have be to in that whole time. I have been riding at these stables for around 2years now and I wouldn't leave for the world! I have taken part in practically everything the offer half hour hacks, lessons, private lessons, 1hour hacks and there's so much more. I've also taken many of my friends there and they have all agreed how brilliant match moor is! I would recommend these stables to anyone… Read Full Review

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“basic, but adequate facilities. Excellent teachers,...”

Written on: 21/12/2010

basic, but adequate facilities. Excellent teachers, friendly, clear and concise, horses well cared for , I would recommend this school to anyone starting out or getting back in the saddle after a long break… Read Full Review

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“BEEN GOING FOR A FEW WEEKS NOW. NEVER HAD LESSONS SELF...”

Written on: 21/12/2010

BEEN GOING FOR A FEW WEEKS NOW. NEVER HAD LESSONS SELF LEARNED. NOT BEEN ON A HORSE FOR 30 YRS AND WAS MOST WELCOMED. THE HORSES ARE VERY WILLING AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE SURPOSED TO BE DOING.THEY R WELL FED AND CARED FOR ALWAYS A FULL HAY NET IN STABLES. TEACHERS ARE VERY GOOD AND IN ONLY 6 OR SO LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT A LOT. I WILL DEFINATLEY KEEP ON GOING. I LOVE IT… Read Full Review

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“ I have been riding at matchmoor for nearly 7 or 8...”

Written on: 15/11/2010

I have been riding at matchmoor for nearly 7 or 8 months now and i am really enjoying it! the horses are so friendly they dont bite at all. the horses are in a good condition and i would recomend it to everyone. i am only 10 years old and i have all ready cantered and cantered over jumps i am now upto riding horses,my favourite horse is shadow. my favourite instructor is danny but the are all really good, friendly and kind.i have done two day courses and i learnt how to tack them up they are… Read Full Review

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Written on: 07/11/2010


I have the previledge to visit the matchmoor lane riding school every year on my visit to Horwich.
As a Malaysian horse rider I was made welcome by the owner and staff at the centre . The horses and ponies are gentle and well cared for.
I look forward to my visit again this coming November and December.
Fauziah Kellett ( Gina)… Read Full Review

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“Ive been riding at Matchmoor now for nearly a year, i...”

Written on: 29/10/2010

Ive been riding at Matchmoor now for nearly a year, i went to a few different schools before i found Matchmoor.
At the other farms and never learnt how to canter on even trot over a pole. - But at my first week at Matchmoor we actully used time vaulibaily. we went over poles and cantered.
I know get some off the harder ponies to ride like Rags and Kim and also i few other.

There are some thing that need fixing up which is the road, it got all holes and ditches. Also the horses do need to be… Read Full Review

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“i went to matchmoor for 2 years and at the start i...”

Written on: 23/10/2010

i went to matchmoor for 2 years and at the start i loved it we did massive jumps. but then the only good instructor went and i was left with this other one that made us walk for the whole lesson the arenas were terribal and the horses are never groomed and they never have any bedding and the stables are cramped it was just not good at all i would never recomend it to anyone… Read Full Review

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“i have ridden with matchmoor for 3 years and the ponys...”

Written on: 08/09/2010 by kaydig1115 (1 review written)

i have ridden with matchmoor for 3 years and the ponys are safe and gentle
at matchmoor. i think it is grate and all the staff are kind and try to make matchmoor a nice place.BUT if i had the desition to change somthing i would give the horses more shavings , that is the only bad thing everyting else is grate though i am glad i ride at matchmoor !
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“Although I have not been to Matchmoor Riding School...”

Written on: 07/09/2010 by horse2010 (1 review written)

Although I have not been to Matchmoor Riding School for two years, I've always recommended it to friends and family who are keen to learn all about the equine sport. I have watched Matchmoor progress over many years.
Due to myself having many horses over many years (mainly for jumping and cross country), i tend choose Matchmoor for hacking out around the country side/bridle paths. There are quite a few trails to choose from.
I find the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable with many years… Read Full Review

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“I have been at Matchmoor for 7 years now and i love it...”

Written on: 01/09/2010

I have been at Matchmoor for 7 years now and i love it as much now as i did when i first started. Before i went there i looked at several other riding schools but none were as good as Matchmoor There is a great selection of horses to ride which have all helped to improve my riding as i can ride anything from a 13hh to a 15.3hh due to my size, height and experience, i get to ride the easy ponies like chico and rags and i also get the difficult ones like bracken and seamus. I have been taught by… Read Full Review

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“I've now ridden at this centre for just under 8 years,...”

Written on: 17/08/2010

I've now ridden at this centre for just under 8 years, i've seen horses and staff come and go. I feel that the team of horses and the relationship with staff at matchmoor now is a very well thought through and well developed. Its easy for people to come on this site and 'rant' away about rocky feild, cramped stables or bad grooming. However if they didn't notice the ridding school is situated in the moors, where there are rocks. Horse's are wild animals, they may be domesticated on the yard and… Read Full Review

Iamtheoneandonly's Comment

Written on: 09/01/2013

very well said mate! and if the horse or pony wasnt happy it would sure let you know, sue would spot it straight away too, ive know sue since i was knee high to a grasshopper and im now in my 30s she knows her stuff, as for people sayin its not value for money has any1 ever tried keeping a pony for 12 quid a week with some1 else looking after them day in day out, feeding them keeping them wormed vet checked and in shoes ect ect gee if you thought having children was expensive and tiring try owning just 1 pony never mind a riding school, hats off to you sue keep up the fantastic work :) x

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“it was rubbuish! all the staff where horrible! i now...”

Written on: 02/08/2010

it was rubbuish! all the staff where horrible! i now go to match moor equestrian centre in darwen and it is sooooooo much better. the stables were crammped and the horses where never groomed and the arenas were rubbish i wuold not reccamend this riding school to any one!… Read Full Review

Moobear17's Comment

Written on: 01/09/2010

Im not being funny but if the horses were cramped then they wouldnt have got BHS aproval. The schools have recently been redone and are fabulous to ride in. The horses are brushed every morning before they are tacked up and their feet are always checked and picked out. You have clearly never worked at a riding school cos if you did you would know that it is impossible to give every horse on the yard a full groom every day. All the staff are lovely and easy to talk to and give great advice to customers.

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Written on: 05/05/2012

On the contrary, i believe the riding school provides good horse care and the animals are well looked after. You may not know this but looking after 50+ hoses on a working yard daily is a tough task, it would be impossible to give a full groom to every horse every day. All the horses have a quick groom, feet picked out and a check every morning and evening as well as regular care during the day to maintain good health. As Matchmoor is BHS approved the care must be good as the BHS have high standard, also the arenas are well kept (especially as they are outdoor, which are much harder to maintain). The staff provide high quality teaching and are kind and considerate, offering advice and service with a smile to ALL customers.

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Written on: 12/06/2011

If your riding is anything like your spelling, then they were probably glad to see the back of you.

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“I think Matchmoor is a perfectly nice riding school,...”

Written on: 22/07/2010

I think Matchmoor is a perfectly nice riding school, with good instrucors and gentle ponies. It isn't the cleanest school ever, the horses don't get groomed loads, but they do get a lot of time out in the fields which are fairly large. I had to leave because I started loaning my pony and it would cost too much, but if not I would definately still be riding there. My friend now rides there, and she loves it! She is taught by laura, and so was I. She was very good. There is free boot and hat hire… Read Full Review

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