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 in the arena but you wouldnt see people walking around Exmoor removing rocks. Why put such hardy horses and ponies in a false enviroment. The level of grooming isn't great no, but i can honestly say not one have i seen a horse thats not been "groomed for weeks". Its this simple that the BHS would not allow the centre to be open. I also know that stables may looked cramped however every stable is sutibly equipt for each horse allowing them sufficent room.
I think Matchmoor is a lovely centre with a great vibe, people need to look around more and realise that its not great no, but it aint half bad, i've seen a hell of alot worse. These renters also dont mention the 12 hours minimum turn out the horses get, dont see this happening at other centres, they also dont mention the care by staff including the constant supply of hay every horse gets. I would deffinately recomend matchmoor to any one wanting to develop an understanding of the horse both from the ground and in the saddle. I would also like to thank the hard work of the staff at matchmoor, i'm really greatful for the level of teaching im getting :)