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★★★★★

“Don't believe everything you read!”

Written on: 25/01/2016 by ThisIsMe1 (1 review written)

I have read the latest reviews, of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion and that's all it is, their opinion! I like to be open-minded and make my own mind up! After all, everyone gets caught on an off day now & then. The instructors have an abundance of knowledge and experience between them, the horses are well kept and get plenty of rest time. The nature of the UK weather means it is much wetter/colder at this time of year, therefore horses will get dirty quicker and spend more time… Read Full Review

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Thisisme1's Response to ThisIsMe1's Review

Written on: 25/01/2016

This is my opinion and I would implore anyone to give it a go, and make your own mind up!

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“Monach farm is one of a kind”

Written on: 13/12/2015 by Arlenej (1 review written)

Sorry but I do know people are entitled to their own point of view but really. It is winter and horses do get muddy when out in fields. All horses at monach get 2 days out a week. Stables are cleaned out according to a Rota. You need to appreciate horses are kept in more so their stables won're be pristine. The lessons are taught by professionals and anyone who has teenagers knows they are not always happy and chirpy. Give monach a break horses are well cared for, people do come back time after… Read Full Review

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Heatherannej's Response to Arlenej's Review

Written on: 07/01/2016

I agree with the above review. I read all the reviews here and some are very harsh. I was a complete beginner when I came to Monach Farms in the summer and was very nervous but excited about riding as I adore horses. I also care very much about their welfare. The school is not stuffy and snobby and they excel with nervous riders and beginners. They did have a few issues with young instructors but the owner is smart and experienced and recognized the problem and solved it. Every lesson I have had with the owner has been amazing, I learn so much each time. I completely disagree with some of the comments about her. I always hope she will teach the class, she has a great eye for detail and takes her time with each student. At the end of the class she always asks each person "what did you learn that was new today". You can tell she has years of experience. The horses are gentle and calm and the younger instructors now seem to really care for them and even thou some are young they are smart and help you learn. I have a busy work schedule and they have always been accommodating with times and lessons for me. It takes time to learn to ride properly and safety is important. I would recommend Monach farms for children and new adult riders in a heartbeat!

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Dinkus's Response to Arlenej's Review

Written on: 01/02/2016

Some might believe you if you didn't keep your horse there!!

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★★★★★

“Lovely place”

Written on: 05/12/2015 by Blackburn322 (1 review written)

I have had now had numerous lessons at the farm and really enjoyed them. After reading some of the reviews I decided not to be judgemental and be open minded about using the school, the girls who took my lessons, although young were all working towards qualifications and were helpful on questions I had. Some of the horses lived out in the field so we're not going to be spotless! But all (although sometimes muddy legs) were clean and where tack was placed were dirt free. I also noticed deep beds… Read Full Review

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Written on: 06/12/2015

after doing my work exerpience there for a few weeks this year i can tell you they are NOT all mucked out on a monday! Pretty impossible to muck out 40 stables in a day with only 1 member of staff that can drive the tractor!! The horses are never ever groomed properly just a quick brush before lessons...hardly well looked after!!! I did however see one person ask to change instructors from the owner to someone else....yes they got changed but they got slated and rude words said about them once tjey had gone with one being "put them on a naughty horse next time"....great people skills!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

“Worst place”

Written on: 25/10/2015 by igBoone374 (1 review written)

Worst riding school!! Had a lesson the other day! Horses are unkept and filthy dirty! Have mud all over them and unbrushed manes and tails! The people that run it are barely out of school and clearly have no qualifications!! The 3 teenagers we had during our lesson were miserable, grumpy, sour faced and spent more time talking to each other than us! As well as frequently swearing! All in all it was a terrible experience apart from the horse was well behaved and friendly!… Read Full Review

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“Worst Riding School”

Written on: 23/10/2015 by Edwardshc26 (1 review written)

Worst riding school in the county!!!!! Horses were unkept, messy, mane and tails unbrushed, mud everywhere. Scruffy horses that look uncared for. The 3 "professionals" that took our lesson were no older than teenagers, clearly had no qualifications, were rude and sour faced and spent more time talking to each other than to us. When the lessons had finished we took the horses back to stables full of shit.....no clean bedding and after asking why i got told "we dont have time to do the beds"… Read Full Review

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“Owner horrible”

Written on: 31/08/2015 by Loomistc309 (1 review written)

as other reviews have said the owner of this riding school is horrible. The horses were really sweet and my daughter loved going there whilst other members of staff taught her. Then we had the owner of the stables teach her who shouted at my daughter constantly with no constructive criticism, her lesson was boring and my daughter was taught nothing at all, she made her cry twice and then expected us to book again...i think not!! If u go to this riding school make sure if a small large built… Read Full Review

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“AWFUL PLACE”

Written on: 27/06/2015 by Aliciad48 (1 review written)

Wouldn't go near this place again. Horses are poorly treated, staff are rude and owner is horrible. No one there is qualified to teach, and they have no real idea what they are doing. All horses have ill fitting saddles causing back pain and soreness, many are ill and lame and this is due to pure laziness. If you want to learn to ride properly don't go near Monach Farm. … Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Excellent teaching!! ”

Written on: 01/11/2013

My whole family has now ridden here and Monach teaches the novice to advanced pupils. It is the best stables in the surrounding area and is part of a working farm. There is a no nonsense approach; which may put some off but the safety of the horses and riders are paramount. My Daughter started at 3... And now 2 years later has come on leaps and bounds. All instructors are well trained before they take a lesson and fully supervised at all times. We used the vouchers and they were awesome, but do… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Amazing -Taught me to able to become a Professional ”

Written on: 19/04/2013

Monach Farm has been amazing. They have taken me as a returning to riding 30 something having had 20 years out of the saddle and given me the encouragement and tools to become a professional within the horse industry. 4 Years ago I sat on Jak on the lead rein for my first lesson. Since then I have been able to progress using the wide variety horses to hone my skills....part loaning a very sweet welsh mare who I hacked to the moon and back and hunted a few times. Before finally moving on to one… Read Full Review

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“Monach Farm Riding Stables”

Written on: 16/03/2013 by arlenejackson23 (1 review written)

I started riding 3 years ago at Monach farm. They were always encouraging and helpful. I took part in themed days and went every Sunday until I was encouraged to ride without help. The owner always told me it comes in stages and she was right it took time. I loaned my first pony after a really good adult camp called Foxy who took me from beginner to novice I think. I did several more adult camps and eventually went looking for my own pony to stable at the yard. Now I own my own horse a… Read Full Review

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“Fantastic!!!”

Written on: 11/03/2013

My daughter had her lessons here and i have nothing but nice things to say!! The ponies are lovely and the leaders were so helpful!! My daughter has been so happy there and we recommend it to everyone!!… Read Full Review

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“Highly Recommended - Great Place to learn!”

Written on: 26/02/2013 by katmoo21 (1 review written)

I stumbled across this review site by accident, and I wonder if the reviews below are actually about the same Monach Farm riding stables that my daughters have attended for the last 6 years... Over this period I have found the staff nothing but polite and accomodating. My children have grown into confident riders and regularly attend the pony club and holiday sessions. Indeed, the 3-day holiday camps run during the summer holidays are a highlight of the year for my kids! A few years ago my… Read Full Review

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“Worst riding school in the area”

Written on: 24/11/2012

I have done work experience and ridden at Monach. During work experience the staff were rude and would rather get mad at me than help me with what to do. The horses and goats were not mucked out / deep littered properly - I was told to leave the poo in the stable and just chuck hay on top. Equipment was not cleaned either. The owner is not someone I would ever like to meet again. My lesson was boring. We all walked round together, then trotted round, then walked round and then the lesson was… Read Full Review

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“Inconsistent,,,”

Written on: 28/04/2012

My daughter had a lovely first lesson at Monach farm and the instructors were engaging, patient and cheerful. Her second lesson today was run by a grumpy middle aged woman (owner?) and the other staff were generally downbeat, uncommunicative and impatient. My daughter finished the session in tears. May go back but if we turn up and the same staff are running the session we will run a mile … Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Monach Farm is the best riding stables in the...”

Written on: 03/07/2011

Monach Farm is the best riding stables in the county!!!! The staff are friendly, reliable and the instructors are lovely and work you hard!! Every lesson you learn something new and come away with a big smile on your face!! The horses are not only beautiful but they are responsive and sweet!! Anyone that doesnt like this stables doesnt see a family orientated riding stables that offers great deals for children and adults!! Excellent 10/10… Read Full Review

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“I strongly agree with the last review. The quality of...”

Written on: 30/12/2010

I strongly agree with the last review. The quality of the lessons are very poor and are taught by unqualified instructors. The lessons are some times even dangerous as it is so unorganized and their teaching techniques are quite no very unusual. the staff are very rude and unfriendly and the lessons are over priced. i would not recommend it to anyone!… Read Full Review

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“Had an awful experience. For me, certain staff were...”

Written on: 16/08/2010

Had an awful experience. For me, certain staff were unbelievably rude, unfriendly and unhelpful. The lessons for my children seemed to be run by teenagers and the quality of training poor and expensive. Deeply regretted trying them. Would not recommend… Read Full Review

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