Written on: 29/03/2013
I love this place and have been riding here for 4 years. I can now do walk trot and canter and some jumping.The staff and the horses are really friendly. I am glad that I learnt to ride here and couldn't imagine going anywhere else. The stables can be a little messy at busy times but is mostly because the staff don't have the time. I help out most Sundays and since I started helping I have learnt so much more about horses and how to look after them. I would definitely recommend this place to... (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2012 by Leahallcock
I started riding at Matchmoor in 2003 and I have never regretted learning there. I moved from somewhere in Westhoughton that wasn't very nice but as soon as I got here I felt at home. Everybody is so welcoming and all the horses are so friendly! I don't think I disliked anything about it during my time here. Even my mum started riding here with me! Our favourite teacher was Australian Sarah although everyone at the farm were delightful! I miss this place so much but I definitely recommend... (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2012 by cheekychops2002 (1 review written)
I love matchmoor they encouraged me to learn new things and when ever i refused to canter they helped me to get over that fear and now i can jump, canter,gallop and a few other little things and of corse trot and walk two of my friends also go and ive been riding since 2009 all the horses are very well behaved and if it wasnt for matchmoor i would still be scared of animals !!! (read more)
Written on: 19/09/2012
Would not recomend this riding school to anybody, only if you like cruelty too horses the stables are disgusting. The horses aren't cared for and the fields are a risk to anybody. Staff are rude and most haven't even got qualifications. (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2012
At matchmoor they get you started up to cantering, then they leave you wandering round like a lemon. I don't think they set you at target. They teach you flatwork but not how to tack up. The staff are quite rude. I think Hazel is particuarly rude to clients and horses. I DEFINITELY wouldn't reccomend it. I left in 2009 so thats my review til then. THIS REVIEW IS NOW OUT OF DATE (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2012 by ian122
had a great time there, staff where very nice to my children didnt rush them.would go back again (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2012
TodayI have had my first riding lesson for a long time. I used to do a lot of riding but other things got in the way. I went to Matchmoor today for a private lesson with David. He was very patient and great at getting across what I needed to do in order to get the most out of my riding experience. Bramble, the unfortunate horse I got was lovely natured and made it very easy to get some confidence back. I have now booked another lesson for next week and cant wait. Thank you Matchmoor for... (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2012 by holly321
i have been riding for months at matchmoor and it is the best riding school you could ever go to , all the staff are so nice and polite and have good charecter even the horses do , i love the horse they have there , they are just so great , the staff i know are , sue , david , ethan , danni , laura and daisy , they have alot of sense of humour and i can't believe they are the in the 5 top riding schools , they teach u everything and they do it just how u want it to go , i love matchmoor ,... (read more)
Written on: 27/05/2012
I ride at matchmoor and have been doing so for a number of years, although i have tried a couple of places for a week or so here and there during this time i never found anywhere which compared. I hack out in the main as i do schooling for other people and i find this an amazing experience as there is nothing better than a canter out over the tops! The staff are brilliant and couldn't be faulted as they are polite, helpful and are always smiling! I struggle to find a downside however in bad... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2012
What can I say? Riding horses is a great stress reliever, being in the great outdoors, able to think about things, just be on your own, getting fresh air. All the staff and horses are lovely. I especially liked the horse, Rosie. She was really gentle and patient. The stable hands are very nice, and the teachers teach you the proper way. A few years ago, I had my 9th birthday party here, I had 10 guests, I asked them if they liked it, and they all said that they'd definitely go again. I am... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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.
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 more)
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
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 !
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 more)
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... (read more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
Written on: 13/07/2010
I can honestly say this is the best place I have ever ridden at and would not change riding schools for anything! ALL instructors and yard staff are lovely, very friendly and helpful and there is a fantastic range of horses and ponies for all abilities. Owner is lovely and really will go out of her way to accomodate your needs and there are many fantastic opportunities for you to improve your horse care and knowledge as well as your riding. Great summer shows, both jumping and Dressage... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2010
Good lessons for the price, two rides in one day. hacks are good.
some of the riding instructors were quite harsh. i felt uncomfortable with some, but perhaps that was just an impression. (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2010
I absolutely love Matchmoor, I had lessons with Sarah until she left for Australia which we were gutted about! But now I have Keeley and I can honestly say ive never had so much fun riding. The lessons are great I get to push myself and challenge myself whilst learning and enjoying the lessons. We laugh loads and learn loads its a great balance. ~I would recommend this school to children and adults alike. Whether you are a beginner or advanced Matchmoor still provides the opportunities to... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2010
when i first went here i loved it.i used to do half an hour hacks but i got sick of it.the staff where rude to me and my mum.on my last hack i rode cinders and i dont think she had been groomed for a week.the horses are cramped and when we where leavind we saw a horse galoping around a field that was full of big rocks.we moved to ryders farm center and its tons better.the horses are actually groomed and have there feet picked out after every lesson.lol.
never go to matchmoor.we saw the owner... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2010
i have to admit i wasnt really keen on going as i heard they weren't very friendly. im really pleased to say that on my arrival i was greeted by a very friendly lady who was more than welcoming.the staff were lovely,everywhere was clean and tidy and the horses are in good condition. my ride out was very easy going and thoroughly enjoyed it. ive been riding for 30yrs and like many cant afford my own horse,so this place should be treasured in this current climate when many places are closing.... (read more)
Written on: 08/03/2010
i used to go to matchmoor it was okay when sara was there i used to have privet lessons on farron the ponies and horses were brill but they never got groomed.the arenas were rubbish they have 3 arenas whitch in the rain and winter are horrible and muddy which was very bad. now i go to ryders equestrian center which if you compeare to matchmoor is brillient i would recommend it to a new begginer. (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2010
my daughter of 8 has been riding here for a few months now and absoloutly loves it,especially tuppence her favourite horse,laura w and danny are great teachers and put lots of confidence in the children.brilliant riding school,brilliant instructers and lovely horses. xxx (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2010
Mathmoor riding center is a riding school in howrich/bolton
this riding school is the best all the riding schools i went to in the past i hated this one is good value for money and i recomend it to everone everone therre is really nice i have alot of good memories from there there isnt any bad points i fell of a few times but that is only natural the ponies are good i really miss the ones who died i like how there is a sepeate small areana for beginners behind the top yard because there is... (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2010
Hi I go riding their I would rate it 500000000 out of 5!!!
I love all of the horses and I am learning loads!!! I am ten and I can walk trot canter jump and loads more!!! (read more)
Written on: 31/01/2010
Matchmoor is a must place to begin and learn how to ride, i would recommend
this school to everyone. I learn't how to ride here when i was 13 and still go now for the occassional lesson with Jen. i now have my own
horse but still enjoy visting this place.
I now take my neice who is 8 and she loves and enjoys this place as much as i did.
10/10 for enjoy-ability, service and facilities. (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2009
Staff very friendly, really great hack's. My nuber one place to ride at the moment. Occasionally have to ride ponies that are a bit on the small side and tack could do with a good clean. However for the most part all horses and ponies are well looked after and happy. (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2009
I go to Matchmoor every other Sunday paying with my own pocket money and overall, I think it is a good school. Last Sunday, I couldn't go because the rings were completely frozen over and my mum was scared about the horses spooking and me falling and breaking something (for the first time in my life!). There are a few critisms though:
1. Road towards the school is awfully bumpy and worn away.
2. Ground towards the barns, top ring, little school and back yard is terribly muddy on bad days.
3.... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2009
I am just about to finish my work experience which i have been doing at matchmoor for two weeks, It has been the best two weeks of my life and im never going to forget it.
The staff are so friendly and outgoing, but most of all they are great teachers because i steped into an environment which i have never been in and im walking out an expect.
I think my biggest achievement was on my second lesson i was able to canter which was really fun to do. So i would say to anyone go along and... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2009
Matchmoor is very helfull and i always enjoy riding .Sue should be proud of
herself ...... (read more)
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