Sweetwater Farms

★★★★☆

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My dad and I started looking a place to take lessons back in 1999 and Sweetwater Farms was one of the places we checked out. When we got there, we asked around for the owner of the barn, "Roberta", and when we found her, she really didn't give us the time of day. We tried asking questions and she handed us a brochure and told us to give her a call when we were ready to start riding....didn't answer ANY of our questions. We steered clear of Sweetwater for years.

I (at the time, 21) applied for a trail guide position with Sweetwater. By this point, I have gotten 11 years of riding under my belt on Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Quarter Horse/Arab mixes, Arabians, Police, Reining, and Cutting horses, & Appendix Quarter Horses. I got a call & interview with "Loretta" and when I got out to the ranch, she put me on a horse named Bob. She told me everything was strictly western...no posting, and I had to mount from the ground. Did I mention that I am 5"4' and she gave me a horse that was 16.1 hands. I finally managed to get on after dropping the stirrups as low as possible.

I put Bob through his paces in both directions. During the trot, he sped up, and normally, I post........but remember, I was told I couldn't. So I was bouncing on this poor horse's back. We breezed through the canter and all the transitions in between. I dismounted, and "Loretta" asked me why I didn't post. Feeling my frustration yet? I thanked her for her time and left. She called me the following week only to tell me that I did not have enough experience to ride a horse as a trail guide.

Ok, whatever. I'm still riding Thoroughbreds & Police horses. I'm not sure what qualifies as being experienced enough to ride as a trail guide after 12 years of riding but I'm never going to apply for a job through them again.

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★★★☆☆

My dad and I started looking a place to take lessons back in 1999 and Sweetwater Farms was one of the places we checked out. When we got there, we asked around for the owner of the barn, "Roberta", and when we found her, she really didn't give us the time of day. We tried asking questions and she handed us a brochure and told us to give her a call when we were ready to start riding....didn't answer ANY of our questions. We steered clear of Sweetwater for years.

I (at the time, 21) applied for a trail guide position with Sweetwater. By this point, I have gotten 11 years of riding under my belt on Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Quarter Horse/Arab mixes, Arabians, Police, Reining, and Cutting horses, & Appendix Quarter Horses. I got a call & interview with "Loretta" and when I got out to the ranch, she put me on a horse named Bob. She told me everything was strictly western...no posting, and I had to mount from the ground. Did I mention that I am 5"4' and she gave me a horse that was 16.1 hands. I finally managed to get on after dropping the stirrups as low as possible.

I put Bob through his paces in both directions. During the trot, he sped up, and normally, I post........but remember, I was told I couldn't. So I was bouncing on this poor horse's back. We breezed through the canter and all the transitions in between. I dismounted, and "Loretta" asked me why I didn't post. Feeling my frustration yet? I thanked her for her time and left. She called me the following week only to tell me that I did not have enough experience to ride a horse as a trail guide.

Ok, whatever. I'm still riding Thoroughbreds & Police horses. I'm not sure what qualifies as being experienced enough to ride as a trail guide after 12 years of riding but I'm never going to apply for a job through them again.

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If you are looking for a dusty, hot "nose to tail" walk this is for you. Loretta was not a very friendly hostess at all and although my daughter and I arrived when Sweetwater (poorly) advertised opening (8:30 a.m.) we had to call them at 8:45 a.m. from the "Welcome Center" then watched and waited when the hostess arrived and sat in the office listening to her phone messages before she could help us to finally find out there is not a ride until 10:30 daily - which we were informed is the case every day. This ride was fit for a true beginner or a very young child only. Fortunately though if you do find yourself here just to be back in the saddle or just because you are a horse person and need to be around the horses the two young ladies on hand to help guide the ride and act as "wranglers" do have very energetic personalities and do their best to make the best of a very boring situation.

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If you are looking for a dusty, hot "nose to tail" walk this is for you. Loretta was not a very friendly hostess at all and although my daughter and I arrived when Sweetwater (poorly) advertised opening (8:30 a.m.) we had to call them at 8:45 a.m. from the "Welcome Center" then watched and waited when the hostess arrived and sat in the office listening to her phone messages before she could help us to finally find out there is not a ride until 10:30 daily - which we were informed is the case every day. This ride was fit for a true beginner or a very young child only. Fortunately though if you do find yourself here just to be back in the saddle or just because you are a horse person and need to be around the horses the two young ladies on hand to help guide the ride and act as "wranglers" do have very energetic personalities and do their best to make the best of a very boring situation.

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I would suggest to go to sweet water farms not just because they have wonderful staff but also because they have affordable prices for their riding lessons and for trail rides.

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I would suggest to go to sweet water farms not just because they have wonderful staff but also because they have affordable prices for their riding lessons and for trail rides.

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My daughter and her friend attended horse camp last summer and had a wonderful time. The camp instructors were absolutely wonderful and very knowledgeable. The camp instructors were very encouraging to the girls. Now they want to take lessons!!! I also felt very comfortable with staff. So if you want your child to have a good time at school breaks or during the summer this is the place to send them.

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My daughter and her friend attended horse camp last summer and had a wonderful time. The camp instructors were absolutely wonderful and very knowledgeable. The camp instructors were very encouraging to the girls. Now they want to take lessons!!! I also felt very comfortable with staff. So if you want your child to have a good time at school breaks or during the summer this is the place to send them.

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Great barn! The instructors are super and patient. The horses are top quality. Location is lovely. It is an official show barn, so no hauling fees. Prices are quite reasonable.
Top notch!

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Great barn! The instructors are super and patient. The horses are top quality. Location is lovely. It is an official show barn, so no hauling fees. Prices are quite reasonable.
Top notch!

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