Written on: 25/07/2014
Penhalwyn Trekking Centre is situated in a really lovely area, with lots of beautiful places to hack, which makes it ideal if you're looking for the odd ride. However, if you're looking to ride on a regular basis it may not be the best place to begin. This is not due to the horses however. Teaching varies depending on who takes the lesson, where the lesson takes place and how many people are in a lesson. The lessons become repetitive after a while and begin to become boring. My riding did improve at PTC but only to a certain extent. If you're looking to further your jumping abilities it's a bit of a waste of time as in lessons the jumps are barely higher than a foot. Most of the horses are lovely and look after their riders really well although there are an awful lot of them so some don't get as much care and attention as they need. The real downsides to PTC are the facilities and some of the children. The stables are in poor condition, the fields are purely mud in winter (however there is plenty of grazing on the hill), the schools could be improved and tack is very outdated. Some of the children can be very unfriendly and fall outs happen often. The staff are friendly and helpful as are the owners, who have been accused in previous reviews of causing havoc but this really isn't the case, the owners have put a lot of money and time into the yard to keep it running for the last few years. Children are asked to perform yard duties when staying a full day at the yard, which is fair enough if you're there for lessons and experience, but liveries are also asked to look after the yard's horses as well as their own on a regular basis which doesn't seem fair considering it impacts the amount of time owners spend with their horses. Sometimes the children do as much work as some of the staff, including leading in lessons and taking rides out. Children are however rewarded for their efforts with points towards a free lesson, but this takes a fair amount of time and work. As for liveries, I have seen many move to other yards recently and both horses and riders have greatly improved. It is such a shame that the yard isn't to the highest standard as it has the potential to be something really special.