Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre, Bolton Reviews

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★☆☆☆☆

“needs to improve”

Written on: 09/11/2014 by Horton300 (1 review written)

Have been going for lessons with daughter for a while now. Mostly pleased with them but often the instructor changes and there seems to be a lack of continuity in learning. Used to think most of the horse/ponies were appropriate but some of them just seem too big and too hard for the youngsters expected to ride them. One or two of them such as Ruby, Arthur, Jason need so much effort the kids come off shattered. Stables do seem good but much of the tack is very old and worn, saddle rugs worn… Read Full Review

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“Money Money Money!!!”

Written on: 27/07/2014 by KennethWagner258 (1 review written)

Any establishment is judged by it's management and staff and sadly this establishment lacks Quality and consistency. Group lessons (up to 12) can vary in quality. Often very great mix of ability in these lessons and often horses do not seem well matched to riders. My friend booked private lessons for the same day over a period of several weeks and rarely had the same instructor from one week to the next. What would people say if children had a different teacher in school on a regular basis… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great horses, great staff.”

Written on: 20/07/2014 by LadyViolette (1 review written)

Both my son and I have been riding at Ryders Farm for 8 months, him in tiny tots and me in weekly group lessons. There is a large number of horses so you aren't stuck riding the same horse every week, which will improve your riding by being able to adapt to different horses, some are more forward, some a bit lazier, some just want to follow the rest and are more of a challenge to get them to listen to you. With tiny tots parents get to lead their children in their lesson, although if you… Read Full Review

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“terrible all round !!!!!”

Written on: 10/07/2014 by Gradyd464 (1 review written)

I had two horses on the farm so i was paying a lot of money but the staff treated us really badly all they do is bully everybody on livery mainly the kids ,the owner(sf) is the worst for this it became impossible for me to stay there .i cant beleve the amount of times the kids of livery were crying or scared because of sf or staff. I would not reconmend this farm to any one .this farm all thats important is the money!!!!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“i love this place,its my second home the horses are...”

Written on: 07/07/2014 by portugal25 (1 review written)

my grandaughter and dad go horse riding here and i have going for months watching them and thought it was time i had ago...first lesson was frightening but my second lesson was amazing my confidence grew. the staff are brilliant and teaching skills are brilliant.. the horses are well looked after and the stables are clean. having private lessons well wotrth the money. cant wait for my next lesson. highly recommended… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Great place to learn with fun..”

Written on: 28/06/2014 by Emma31 (1 review written)

My little girl has been going to rider's now since she was 4...she is now coming upto 9.years old...an all I can say is they have been great with her an taught her everything she knows. ....an now become a fantastic rider an that's down to all staff. ..making it fun along the way as well as teaching her....she has also been going pony club. .an all I can say is she loves it..helping out round farm as well as learning along the way. ...kids love it. ...she loves the staff so do we as there… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Could do better”

Written on: 29/05/2014 by Izabelle34 (1 review written)

Is the owner of this establishmenent for real? She is officious and rude and if unable to interact with the clients should leave it to one or two of her staff who are lovely. I do not wish to hear her screaming at her staff about how she pays them to do a job (this shoould be done in private)it smacks of bullying, a power complex to me. The manner in which she speaks to some of the young owners does not say much about the older generation setting an example.The times I have been with my… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“"Love it but some yard staff are.."”

Written on: 17/05/2014 by Patience70 (1 review written)

I have been riding at Ryders Farm for a while now, but have swapped farms a few time due to a few problems. First, in some groups lessons, they put up to 12 or more horses in one lesson. For me its a pointless waste of time and money because you are not really doing much. I love it but some yard staff are very ignorant, and can be a bit nasty. I personally think C and J are the best. They are helpful and if you are stuck they actually help you. Private lessons are very expensive, and… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Mostly great yard staff ”

Written on: 09/05/2014 by Brentonk431 (1 review written)

Lessons are very good and well graded for all abilities. Staff on the whole are very friendly and helpful there are always one or two in any establishment that could be better. Stables are reasonable size and the horses appear to be well looked after but I used to have a horse on working livery and was generally happy with the way he was looked after and exercised although I often thought that bedding was skimped on and put extra in myself. The fees are reasonable but got the feeling that… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great Horses, Great Teachers”

Written on: 25/11/2013 by RachyW (1 review written)

Ryders is fantastic, Always a great ride and lesson. They have particularly great teachers, they keep you interensted alert and challenged. Each lesson is thought through with purpose and meaning dependant on what your goals are. The horses, although they do the same things week in week out, they are safe for children and learners to ride and when an experienced rider jumps on they are not disapointed. The horses are ready for a challenge and react to touch. They are kept on their toes by the… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Does what a riding school should do!”

Written on: 20/09/2013

I am an experienced adult rider and have been to many riding schools over the years. I have been riding at Ryders Farm for 2 years now and here is my honest review. The instructors I have had, particularly my regular instructor are all excellent. I have confidence issues and my confidence has grown here. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone but in a safe way which to be honest is what you pay for - if you didn't want to improve there would be no point in taking lessons. The horses are… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“rfec is the best!!!!!!!!!”

Written on: 20/12/2012

ryders farm is the best place ever! I've been going for about 1 year and 5 months. All the staff are friendly, the instuctors are qualified and the facilities are great! There are many great facilities like:- indoor arena outdoor arena cafe lunge pen many people are saying that the horses aren't taught properly, well they are, you do get the lazy ones and the spooky ones and the quick ones,but trust me they are safe.I like is how the instructors work on something untill you get it right.The… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Ryders farm is the best place ever!!! Its amazing”

Written on: 04/12/2012 by XxchanceXXhollyXX (1 review written)

I love ryders farm. I have been there for 3years and i never get bored of going. There is a nice cafe, friendly staff, get to ride different ponies every week so you can learn all about there personalities and a pony club for your children there. I dont think i will ever leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are lots of facilities including an indor areana, free lunging pen, and 2 outdoor areanas. All the ponies are great to ride… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“when i went to ryders i did not enjoy it i went for a...”

Written on: 24/08/2012

when i went to ryders i did not enjoy it i went for a few years and i got thrown off a lot and it has shook my confidence and only one or two of the ponies were safe and a alot of them were not properley schooled to be suitable to be included in my lessons… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I LOVE RIDING AT RYDERS”

Written on: 27/07/2012

I love Ryders Farm so much, I feel that ive really progressed as a rider and the instructors know how to challenge you so you have the oppurtunity to ride to the best of your abilities. The horses are well looked after and they know what they are doing, sometimes they can be cheeky and it just makes the experience better! The horses here can help to boost your confidence, I look forward to my lessons every week and i always have a smile on my face, except when the lesson is over. There is… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“i love ryders farm”

Written on: 30/03/2012

I go to ryders farm and i look forward to my lesson every week, the horses no what they are doing and they look after you in every task and activity, the instructors are so nice and they will try to help you in every situation, also they put you on different horses so you can ride to the best of your ability. They no your independant skills and how to work on them to make you a stronger and better rider. There is always someone on the farm that will aid you in anyway. Riding here at ryders farm… Read Full Review

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“This is the review if you want to know more about...”

Written on: 29/09/2010

This is the review if you want to know more about Ryders Farm :
1. All of the staff that work there are very friendly and co-operative.
2. The horses are wonderful, some can be stubborn but just think, they do the same thing everyday how would you feel?
3.The price of the lessons are good considering the amount you learn in the lessons.
4. Ryders will teach you everything from walk - dressage, I didn't know how to keep my balance in canter, but now I sure can.
5. If you want to get your best… Read Full Review

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“There are some really good aspects to Ryders Farm, the...”

Written on: 06/08/2010

There are some really good aspects to Ryders Farm, the own a pony days are fab, it's good that they have helpers on the weekend as i think this is the best way to learn about having your own horse, the xmas games are fun and also the fact that riders can borrow a horse for competitions. The lessons aren't great and some of the instructors like to sit on the mounting block for the whole lesson! I don't think the way of riding is very desirable but for the bare essentials they can't be faulted. I… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Ryders Farm is a great place to learn about horses. I...”

Written on: 20/06/2010

Ryders Farm is a great place to learn about horses. I can't believe the negative, contradictory remarks on this site. One person says it's an accident waiting to happen - kids going into the stables, snowball fight in the winter - sounds like fun to me. Maybe everyone should walk round with a long face and don't allow children to touch ponies!
One person says the horses are robotic? Another says they're changed often? One person says she didn't learn as much as when she owned her own ponies!… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Terrible riding school. I went for 8 years and spent...”

Written on: 28/03/2010

Terrible riding school. I went for 8 years and spent so much money and they never bother to tell me i had a terrible leg position and teach terrible habbits to you. The horses are all robots and nothing like horses outside of the riding school and when i left to get my own horse i was scared half to death by how different the horses were.
im 5ft 6 and i was put on 13hh pony and a girl who was tiny but a 16hh horse. how does that work!
WOuld never go here again, waste of time and money and… Read Full Review

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