Written on: 03/11/2013
I've brought my kids to this stable four times now and am delighted with the experience they have received. Their teacher has fantastic communication skills and already they have made amazing progress. Booking the lessons has always been easy and they have a great selection of riding clothes and equipment in their shop. Great for me that they have a nice café too - even comfy sofas! In stark contrast to most of the other stables I've visited with my kids they've got nice clean toilets!... (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2013
Listen ! I have been riding at boehouse for a short period of time now, maybe about 6 month. And I have never noticed anything wrong with bowhouse ! What's all your problems ! It's probably just because you can't look after your own horses to the standard that they look after theirs with ! Do you honestly think that there would even be a Bowhouse if they were so rubbish ! They have a great range of horses that have seriously different personalities to suit different riders not in terms of... (read more)
Written on: 27/03/2013
For £23 for half an hour this is a joke. About six times round the arena and the rest of the time standing talking? If there are no ponies to match up to the riders requirements then DON'T take the booking. Riding solo one week, being led the next - not good enough. Is there anyone there actually in charge? The staff I see look as though they could do with a good sleep! I am comparing this now to one week when the instructor Stef was off and [name removed] was in charge - what a... (read more)
Written on: 01/03/2013
I have been riding here for about a year now and my experience so far has been very positive. My riding has greatly improved and my instructor is brilliant. She is so patient and never forces you to do anything, but still makes sure that you are constantly progressing in your riding. Everyone I have met here has made me feel welcome. The horses are very well cared for and always turned out impeccably for lessons. Their stables are all clean and tidy and there is lots and lots of fields for... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2013
Bowhouse is an example of everything a yard should not be. Staff are unfriendly and unwelcoming and frequently difficult to find. The owner is brusque and unapproachable. There is no welcoming feel to the place, it is actually a bit intimidating. The staff mostly young girls are surly and unhelpful. They are also not qualified riding instructors. The place is dirty and unkempt. The horses are of poor quality with little choice, even if you have the basics you will be schooling the horse... (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2012
I started going to Bowhouse last year for riding lessons. Instructor is really good and patient, and my riding has improved greatly . There is a good range of horses (some can be a bit temperamental at times) and you get the opportunity to ride different ones. I feel that sometimes the feedback after my lesson could be a bit better. Most times it seems rushed as there is another lesson waiting after me. The staff are friendly and always seem to be busy. The facilities are great, always... (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2011
The worst livery yard I have ever been on. Staff have a terrible attitude and regularly did not do my horses (this includes the basics of feeding and turning out!). Yard manager is a young girl who does not know what she is doing. Owner is very unapproachable and is not open to new ideas. He is also quite intimidating. All of the surfaces of the schools are terrible as not maintained (membrane coming through deep or hard parts in the school). Yard generally looks like a mess. Not allowed to... (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2010
Various issues - like previous reviews horses are not great quality - so difficult to progress further.
Phone not always manned, also when friends went to the shop one day it was closed and could not find staff so left after 10 minutes. Not very good image portrayed.
Been in the 2 schools and the smaller one is horrible - the horse really struggled as very deep and tripped often on black stuff coming through sand - felt very unsafe.
Will not be recommending (read more)
Written on: 10/12/2010
Such a pity as the centre has the potential to be very good. The attitude of staff can be questionable at times and riding school horses are very poor quality. They are rarely groomed for lessons. The arena surfaces are badly maintained and not at all good to ride on - I certainly wouldn't want to jump on them! Lesson bookings have been forgotten about too - not very professional! From what I've heard, the livery service is not good either with poor quality haylage/straw. I certainly... (read more)
Written on: 06/08/2010
My experience of the Equestrian Centre at Bowhouse has always been great! The horses always seem happy and although the lessons are sometimes running a bit late, I don't mind cos it never affects the length of my lesson. The stables are always clean and seem to have rubber mats to keep them cleaner and easier to look after so that the staff have more time with lessons and the horses.
I always have fun there and love going back! (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2010
The centre started out ok but now I can see the standards are going down. I am not talking about the standard of riding lessons, but the overall experience, customer care and how horses are looked after. My instructor Amy is very good, but there aren't many horses to choose from and the lesson time starts from when you are getting the horse out of the stable and finished when the horse is put back. With 45 min lesson that actually gives you around 30 min or riding. Lessons are also running... (read more)
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