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“Never again ”

Written on: 15/10/2017 by Jaqueline94 (1 review written)

I can’t believe the experience I have been through at holly tree. I was verbally abused time and time again by the staff and the owners. The poor riding school horses who were tacked up all day and we’re given little rest aswell as standing in their own poo all day. Not to mention the other horses who were livery’s that were not cared for properly and treated very unfairly. Not worth the amount you pay! All I can say is that these people only care about the money and are driven to make… Read Full Review

Gabriellamorg's Comment

Written on: 03/11/2017

Hi, Im very sorry to have to do this as didn't want to bother anyone else, i really hope you don't mind me asking as my search is near impossible! I sold a pony a few years ago which then ended up at this place. I am trying to buy her back with no luck of even getting through to talking to someone. She is called bluebell she is a 13.2 grey Connemara. Just wondering if you possibly have seen her, would love to atleast know how she is etc. Any help would be easier extremely helpful thank you.

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Opal321's Comment

Written on: 14/11/2017

There is a bluebell fitting that description at Hollytree and she seems just fine. My daughter loves to visit her. Hope you get to confirm this is your bluebell and she is ok.

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Opal321's Comment

Written on: 14/11/2017

I have to reply to this comment with my experience for the sake of fairness. I know Hollytree and attend with my children. We have been going for about a year and a half.

I know for a fact the ponies in the school are rested after each hour work for a half hour (because my daughter frequently cant ride her favourite as its been worked in the prior lesson and is on a break) and although they are "tacked" up for the day they do have their girths loosened and reins secured. I havent been to a riding achool that operates any differently.

I also know the riding school does not operate daily and the ponies have field rest.

The staff can be a bit to the point but they are not evil.

Ps the BHS assess the school and livery too and they have passed.

Give them a chance and make your own judgement I would say.

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Gabriellamorg's Comment

Written on: 03/11/2017

Hi, Im very sorry to have to do this as didn't want to bother anyone else, i really hope you don't mind me asking as my search is near impossible! I sold a pony a few years ago which then ended up at this place. I am trying to buy her back with no luck of even getting through to talking to someone. She is called bluebell she is a 13.2 grey Connemara. Just wondering if you possibly have seen her, would love to atleast know how she is etc. Any help would be easier extremely helpful thank you.

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“Anyone who says they go to this yard are completely...”

Written on: 10/10/2017 by Wilson136 (1 review written)

Anyone who says they go to this yard are completely horse blind to what horses deserve, horrible horrible yard!!!!!!!… Read Full Review

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“Holly tree is a poor excuse for a riding school, some...”

Written on: 23/09/2017 by tuPrice192 (1 review written)

Holly tree is a poor excuse for a riding school, some of their horses should have been retired and put out of work a long time ago yet, to our understanding they are STILL in full work which is absolutely ridiculous. They are unprofessional and get the kids to do all of their work for them, so they are getting paid for just sitting back and bossing around children as young as 7-15 years of age. I found this riding school absoloutely Appauling and eventually pulled my daughter and her friend… Read Full Review

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“WONDERFUL STAFF WHO ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND VERY...”

Written on: 21/05/2017 by PaytonJorgensen358 (1 review written)

WONDERFUL STAFF WHO ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND VERY EXPERIENCED AND THE HORSES ARE lovly to ride cant wait for my riding lesson on sunday… Read Full Review

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“BRILLIANT”

Written on: 23/10/2016 by CalliePalmer (1 review written)

My daughter rode there for 6 years and never had a dull moment! She learnt more and more and got to the highest lesson and she loved it. They had a brilliant outdoor arena and horses which are trustworthy and so gentle to look after. She only left last year as she did other activities and was going through her big exams. So I just wanted to say Thankyou for all of her time there and I would strongly recommend it to all of my friends… Read Full Review

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“Friendly pleasant school”

Written on: 08/10/2016 by Brayan36 (1 review written)

I have had several lessons and absolutely love the staff,it's nice when they have been in the same place for years .the horses and ponies are all well cared .I so pleased I have found holly tree… Read Full Review

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“Unprofessional”

Written on: 05/07/2015 by AnaMaher (1 review written)

I recently had an hour long lesson at the Holy Tree which was an experience best forgotten. The staff were incapable of planning a lesson, which was extremely unstructured and rushed. One of our horses refused to trott under any circumstances, and after much effort was put down to rider inability. Not the nicest approach, especially when said rider is experienced. In addition to this, our instructor repeatedly tried to cut our lesson short on numerous occasions. After the first attempy i was… Read Full Review

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“Dangerous and unprofessional ”

Written on: 14/06/2015 by Horsesgotcourses (1 review written)

Hideous place, I think they play on the novice. I was shocked to learn they put novice riders on ponies backed for only a few weeks with gawpy primary school kids leading them. The pinnacle of the experience was seeing the instructor kick a horse up it's backside to get it in canter. Disgraceful… Read Full Review

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“Horrible Nasty Money Grapping unprofessional”

Written on: 13/06/2015

This place is terrible,unhappy staff which don't stay long,lessons uninteresting and never get the full time that was paid for,money grabbing and not interested in their clients,people tend not to go back here look around there are much better places… Read Full Review

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“Rather go elsewhere”

Written on: 04/06/2015 by allybum (1 review written)

Not very professional establishment, only out to take your money, be careful not to purchase vouchers as they dont tell you that if you dont use them you cant get a refund. the owner and the staff disclose the bare minimum and lack any sense of customer service or goodwill. If you plan to take a child there for lessons think twice. Even the instructors walk out which shows what a poor business it is, money grabbing with no interest in building a rapor just how much they can take. disgusting… Read Full Review

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“Fab yard and riding school ”

Written on: 11/03/2014

I loved the staff and enjoyed the lesson… Read Full Review

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“Fantastic Riding Scho”

Written on: 08/09/2013

My children have had lessons at Holly Tree for the last year they have progressed more there than at two of the other schools I have been to. The ponies are lovely and so are the teachers … Read Full Review

Nielsbech's Comment

Written on: 10/02/2014

You surely must be staff ?

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“An honest review about this place”

Written on: 28/07/2013

Upon arrival of this establishment I have to say it all looked lovely. The reason we were there was because I had booked my son in for his very first riding lesson and this riding school was the nearest and in addition to that the lessons were very reasonably priced, but low and behold their has never been a truer saying than you get what you pay for! When we first stepped out onto the car park I noticed their was broken glass which I had to tell my 7 year old… Read Full Review

Erinnn_Xox's Comment

Written on: 22/08/2013

That's nothing! When I had a pony on loan there I was treated terribly!! Sometimes, I was so busy looking after everyone else's horses that I didn't even get to see my own! And when my ponies neighbour, poppet, got pregnant, they gave the girl loaning her paddy(my loan pony) when there was plenty of other horses available! And after all of that she got a different horse because paddy was too slow... And then her excuse was that paddy was lame so I couldn't have him anyway but I was long gone after my poor boy got abscess! £175 a month was not worth it!

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Allybum's Comment

Written on: 05/06/2015

They are so unprofessional it's just unbelievable

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Becks78's Comment

Written on: 04/12/2014

Good to see a real review posted. There is definitely a few things not quite right about this place, my daughter always complained about the staff and at first I thought nothing of it, I recently expressed some concerns and received an earful of abuse so it's definitely worth paying a bit more and moving onto one of the more reputable schools.

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★★★★★

“Great Riding School”

Written on: 14/09/2012

I have been taking my two children to Holly Tree for riding lessons the teachers are really helpful they came off the lead rein in eight weeks and are now riding competently. I really recommend this riding school… Read Full Review

Nielsbech's Comment

Written on: 13/02/2014

You must be working for them, I have never heard about anybody being happy with these people ????

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Allybum's Comment

Written on: 05/06/2015

One instructor is really good but the management is terrible. Only in it for money

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