12N254 Tower Rd, Hampshire, IL | Directions 6014042.045916 -88.486897
Bad News for Both Horse & Rider at Tower Hill Stables – I would definately NOT keep my horse at Tower Hill Stables in Hampshire IL for several reasons all coming from my own personal experience.
The first being the owner, he is "hot headed" and seems very unethical. From what I can tell, I"m pretty sure not only does he not "like" horses but he "dislikes" them. Many boarders there share this same opinion.
A few things:
1) They cut the feedings in 1/2 and then raised the monthly fee and DIDN"T tell the boarders. I found out from one of the workers. My understanding was this property was paid for so it wasn't like it was for "survival" for the stables and even if it was I don't think that's acceptable with out first telling boarders that you have removed one of the feedings.
2) There was a horse that "attacked" yes "attacked" several people (at least 4 that I know about), knocking 1 to the ground and almost getting another in the head with his back hooves. When they told the owner at Tower Hill, he said "it must have been something you did".
3) When shareboarders came to pick up my horse, they physically refused to let them take him even though October was paid for and he was leaving "before" the end of October. They tried to include him on a "stall agreement" requiring 30 days notice which he was not in, he was pasture board and there was no such agreement. If he was in a stall and I signed an agreement for that, I wouldn't have a problem, however, they were was no agreement as such and he was just tossed in with a bunch of other horses. When I asked for a copy of the agreement, it took them a long time to respond and then they just sent me a BLANK copy. The Shareboarders just paid so they could leave but he told them the amount they were paying was 1/2 of the board which was a COMPLETE and TOTAL LIE. He really charged them the entire month!
4) Several horses got cut by old fencing in the pasture, which they didn't do anything about and then my horse got a cut. I understand things like that sometimes happen at a stables but after that many times it should really be addressed.
5) They charged me for care of my horse after I got him stitched up, even though, I took care of all his needs (which were minimal, he only had 2 stitches and we all questioned if it even needed to be done but I figure better safe than sorry) . So they charged me for something they "claimed" they did but didn't discuss it with me whatsoever and I saw no signs at all that there was any care for him when I went out there. I just saw the extra charge on my credit card.
The bottom line is, even though they clearly see it as just a business and $$$, they don't even do well at that piece of it, but above all, we always want our animals to be cared for by people who actually "love" animals. I just don't believe that to be true here.
Amazing!!! – I <3 THS!!!!! This place is sooo nice compared to my old barn. I mean thy have huge turnout, awesome shows, amazing school horses, and tons of nice people and trainers!. When i first got there i was amazed at how big the place was. I asked if just by chance I could have a lesson on the spot and they got me a horse and a trainer to ride with. Talk about great service! At my old barn you couldn't jump after a certian height and weren't allowed to do much of anything, but now I'm jumping higher than ever and doing some awesome jumping things! My trainer is ssssoooo nice and really helps me a lot. If i mess up she makes me retrace my steps to see where my problems are. Also the people are very nice and friendly! I met a few girls there and one of them actually let me ride her horse! It was so awesome! Just gotta say that this is a wonderful place and I am very happy that I found this place.
Equestrian Haven – Tower Hill is a great place to keep your horses. Whether you want to show or just hang with your horse. The barn staff cares greatly for your horse and goes above & beyond to make sure your horse is happy & comfortable. They have a beautiful property in which they grow their own hay & plenty of room to roam around on, an hour worth of trail riding! The other great thing about Tower is there are many different types of trainers, in dressage, hunters, jumpers, western, you name it someone can show you how to do it. These same trainers use some of the greatest lesson horses I've ever come across. Each horse knows their job & really teach the kids a lot. Yes there are some older horses, but are used to show beginners the ropes, they are safe & know their job better than anyone else. Overall Tower Hill is a great place & a great experience for anyone who loves horses!
Wonderful Facility with amazing trainers and horses!! – Tower hill is an amazing farm! They have a wonderful staff that is kind, caring and educated.
The horses are well cared for and definetly are not druged! It has been only good experiences for me at Tower Hill! I love the place and can't imagine why anyone would want to ride anywhere else!
I ride the lesson horses every week and there are some older horses. I don't ride the older ones because they use them for beginners who are learing to walk and trot. None of the horses are sore or lame and if there is a problem with one of the horses they always seem to give the horse rest and treatment so that they get better. I think that Tower hill is a great place to be a horse! I feel that they take great care of the horses! I love being at Tower Hill!!
A Great Place to be a Horse! – This barn truly cares for the horses. I don't know where the drugging comment came from but horses are medicated and rested as needed, not druged so they can perform! A quality barn that can care for both horse and rider in an individual manner. No cookie cutter barn. Carrie, the barn manager, is a smart, level headed equestrian professional who does not try to talk people into extras just to make money. She listens to the horses and cares for their needs first & foremost. Barn is clean (remember it is a BARN), never smells of mold, urine or manure. Hay & feed is good quality & always in good supply. If you take lessons, board or show horses this is a great place to be a horse!
do not go to ths – i went to this barn when i first started horse back riding. It was nicer back eight years ago. I never knew about all of the drugging of horses going on and still the same horse I rode when i first started is still being used every day for lessons. He has to be about 30 and deserves to be retired. On top of it the stable hands are usually bad to the horses. The facility is dirty and usually over crowded. Not my top choice. There are way better horse facilities around to go to. I'd advice looking around
ths – decent facility, horses ok. very crowded arena. especially in the winter, jumps cover half..........
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