Written on: 06/09/2010
i have been a client at barnston for many years now! i can strongly say the horses are very well looked after by a team of great yard staff. The horses are all very well schooled from plods for the begginer to horses that can work at a more advanced level to cater for the more experienced rider.
There have been a lot of changes since brenda ran the place and some seem to be good although i recently took my daughter for her first riding lesson in the lead rein class a girl called Megan took the class to begin i thought she looked very young yet took the lesson with great confidence and the whole lesson seemed to improve greatly with both their position and control by the end of the lesson. She taught the riders how to respect their pony and took great respect when taking the horses back and engaging with the parents. however after the lesson we stayed for a while to show my daughter around the horses and i was appalled in which the manner both Megan and another girl were spoken to on the yard. The owner spoke to them with such little respect whilst they were in the office area with other clients that i felt embarrassed for them.shortly after this the other owner steve shouted commands at very young girls then changed his mind and shouted another command at them.After i had been shown what a lovely respectable place this was by the yard staff, my opinion went down hill as i found this behavious very unprofessional. Overall the place in fantastic and it is a great place to learn to ride. yet the management need to have a re think of how their actions influence potential clients view on the place. x