Stables >Sun City Stables
4430 US Hwy 41 S, Sun City, FL | Directions 3358627.673716 -82.480032
Neighborhoods: Southside Rural Community
We had a birthday party for a pre teen and the kids said it was the most fun they have ever had. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Rita shared much information about the animals and knew all their names. That really impressed the kids as well. Doug was very kind to the kids and made sure they were safe and at the same time allowed them the freedom to have fun. All in all it was worth the money and it left a lasting impression on all the kids.
The place is a DUMP !!! The HE/SHE hermaphrodite is so rude and hateful, It looks like a troll. Zero customer service !! Only rode for 15 minutes before the horses decided it was time to return to the stables. My girlfriend's horse took off running after one of the ranch hands let go of the bridle. She tried to stop but the horse reared up and threw her off. She was bruised and hurt but no one seemed to care at all about what happened. ALL they could say was NO REFUNDS !
Don't ever ride horses at sun city stables that place is awful and needs to be shut down. Horses shouldn't have to be beaten to get them to go on a trail and follow directions, and thats what they tell you to do. A good trail horse doesn't try and buck you off and kick and bite the other horses. If none of their horses are kid/new rider friendly, then they have no business being open. And they don't offer refunds. The people are rude, and when we tried to get another horse for one of our beginner riders, we had to wait 10 minutes while they stood there smoking their cigarette before they even bothered responding to us. Then they had to think way to long about what horse might actually be a better choice for a new rider. And my horse only listened when I had a stick in my hand. This place may be cheap, but the trail is short, the people are rude, you have to pay cash, the horses don't listen, and they don't offer refunds. Oh, and did I mention that the stall floors are dirt and there's no grass anywhere?
We paid for 2 hours and never even got to the actual trails. $360 wasted. No refund.
We had a great time – I went to SCS yesterday with my wife to celebrate my birth day. We paid for 2 hours and got a free one. I rode on Starbuck and my wife on Mrs Candu. We are both beginer riders and we had no issues witht the horses. As most trail horses the know the trails, however, since it was the middle of the week and early Morning there was no one else there but us so we rode around. We went up and down and all around (I even got a little turned around at which time I let the horse lead me back to "the gate". Starbuck responded to the commands very well and I was able to trot and even canter! I will go back to SCS soon to take my son to his 1st ride ever....I will be asking for Starbuck again!!
Avoid This Place – This place was appalling. I have been riding and showing horses for over ten years and I thought it would be fun to take my friend out here to ride for the first time. When we arrived at the property, I noticed how extremely dirty everything is, and how pitiful all of the animals looked (especially in the "petting zoo"). The horses are made to stand in tiny, dirty enclosures, with a heavy western saddle on ALL DAY. It was about 90 degrees today, and the only shelter they had were some measly tarps. The water they provided the animals was green and sludgy, and was definitely not fit for consumption.
Again, my friend had never ridden a horse before, and the horse that they gave her was extremely uncooperative and dangerous for a beginner rider. It got so bad that we switched horses on the trail. I frankly was surprised that they would put ANYONE on this horse in good faith (and unguided?!). We were constantly fighting the entire time, especially when nearing the exit point. It was only because I had so much riding experience that I was even able to keep this horse on the trails, and it was especially disconcerting when he didn't seem to understand basic commands.
The trails themselves were horrid. I remember joking around saying "Wow, I thought we were going trail riding, no one said anything about the swamps!" The paths were extremely narrow and unkempt, and in some places we could barely fit the horses between the trees without scraping our legs. The staff had said in passing before we started our ride that the trails were "a little muddy", and that was the understatement of the century. In some places the mud was up to the horses knees, and it was very difficult for them to wade through it. In other places, the trail was completely underwater. However, the worst part was the banana spiders that were hanging EVERYWHERE. I couldn't even enjoy the ride because I was ducking and swerving trying to avoid them. However, this was impossible and twice I ran face- first into their webs.
Overall, I'm sorry that I went here. I liked that they let us go unguided, because I would have been very bored in a group. However, I don't think that it was worth it. The animals are in no condition to work, and are not trained for beginners. I thought it was funny how they say on their website that you can gallop if you want to, seeing as there is NO WHERE to safely go faster than a trot. If you're looking for a nice ride, pay the extra money and go elsewhere.
great! – We loved it! our guied was great and we'll be back.
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