6921 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761335.964532 -78.730619
Recently my daughter wanted to explore the world of 'horseback riding' so we decided to take a look at Dead Broke Farm. After about a 30 minute tour we headed for our car and my daughter said she would like to attend the following week. Being a New York City Girl and knowing my daughter is also "A City Girl in the making" I immediately thought, "HA,This will last a DAY!"
Well, it is week 2 and she is begging for week 3!! Dead Broke Farm is an Amazingly Authentic Horse Farm.
If you are looking for a camp that is going to 'hand hold' your child, if your child does not enjoy getting downright dirty or if your child does not truly love, LOVE animals, this is NOT the place for them.
HOWEVER...if you would love, LOVE to instill some responsiblity, work ethic, and lifelong memories for your child, then say YES to Dead Broke Farm. You will not be disappointed!!
In closing, I would like to say THANK YOU to Ms. Carla, Mama, Miss Dana, the staff and volunteers for all that you do!
Y'all have a special place in Heaven!
This place is terrible. I have worked with animals for years and I have never seen a place as bad as this. The horses are confined to extremely small pastures in filthy conditions. A good majority of them lack shelter or even tree's to escape the elements.
The horses I had experience with were poorly trained, even for rescues. The owner was always shouting at costumers and employees and was just plain mean!
This place needs to shut down! The owner is clearly taking on more rescues than she can handle and I worry for the health and safety of both the horses and the clients.
My 13 year old attended a week of summer camp in June 2013. She had a great week and loved all the horses and farm animals. She is even considering volunteering here for the summer!
Simply Rude! The owner has a giant chip on her shoulder and should never work with the public. Don't waste your money.
I do NOT recommend this place. I cannot tell you how much i wish this business would close down. Here's why:
1) The horses are kept in poor conditions. The owner of the ranch is a single mother who seems to take on more horses than she can handle. It is recommended that each horse has about 1acre of land, and this woman forces 4-5 horses into about 1/2 an acre. Many times horses that don't get along with the others are forced into about "pastures" only a a few meters wide.
The pastures are kept in poor and dirty conditions. While pastures do become muddy, this is insane. Horses stand ankle deep in mud all-year around without any relief. there are a lack of sheltered areas for many of the small 'pastures'. When it rains many of the horses are left without even a tree to stand under.
Don't get me wrong, the owner seems to love the horses and knows how to care for the them. The problem is that she is incapable of caring for all of them. She doesn't have enough land, time, money, and people to care for all the horses properly.
A good portion of the horses have behavioral problems. While it is understandable, due to many of them being rescues, the owner is irresponsible for using these particular horses for the trail riding. Many of the horses behavioral problems could easily be corrected if the owner actually attempted to correct them. Many of these horses have been at the ranch for years and still hold the same bad habits they did when they originally came.
2) I volunteered there for a few weeks until I quickly quit. The owner doesn't really train the volunteers, and wastes no time in placing them in pastures with some very uncontrollable horses. On the first day I remember being yelled at multiple times for something I had not even learned yet (Bear in mind that since than I have become a fairly experienced rider and horse owner). The owner lacks the ability to bite her tongue and control her temper.
The other employees and volunteers are usually very wonderful, but the owner treats them equally bad. After quitting I met several other individuals who shared similar complains when they had volunteered/worked there.
3) A couple times, when we were getting behind schedule, the owner cut the trail ride time by over 50%. For example, one couple who came to celebrate a birthday paid for a one hour trail ride. Instead they were given only a 20 minute trail ride due to the employees being set behind schedule. I understand that getting behind schedule is normal, but to cheat the costumers out of what they paid for? I don't think so!
I have also witnessed the owner yelling and screaming at costumers over the phone and in person. I never witnessed her screaming a child, but that may be due to the fact that I didn't volunteer long enough to witness it.
The owner lacks people skills, and seems to run the business purely because she needs the money to keep the horses and her land.
I have ridden many a horse, few as poorly trained as the one at Dead Broke Farm. I have never been treated as rudely, so consistently, in a pervasively negative atmosphere as at Dead Broke Farm. The horses were so poorly trained, we were indeed grateful to be only broke, but not dead, after our ride at Dead Broke Farm. With so many wonderful places to go horseback riding, don't waste a minute of your life at this one.
I was appalled at the rude staff, untrained horses, and unprofessionalism and negativity that defined Dead Broke Farm. The staff was rude throughout, from the reservations, paperwork, to the very last moment we were on the horse. They snapped and YELLED at the customers very inappropriately throughout. A cloud of negativity seemed to emanate from the owners and seep into everyone and every horse on that farm.
For an hour after our reservation was supposed to start, the staff readied the horses. They did not fit us to our horses, however, as inexperienced riders were put on wild horses and vice versa. Also, they did not fit the stirrups to all of the riders, as one new rider complained mid-ride that her feet did not reach the stirrup. She was YELLED at for this, although it was the staff's fault for misfitting her.
From the get-go, the trail guides (the owners) callously ignored our concerns that the horses were fighting with each other and not listening to simple commands. (I am an experienced rider and the horse I was on reared its head at the slightest command.) The horses were obstinate and unruly, which is a sign of either poor training, not being able to roam freely on a regular basis, mistreatment, or all of the above. (Many of the horses seemed to be accustomed to being tethered, having to stand in mud all day.)
The trail guide (owner) went far ahead of the pack and did not check on the customers, many of whom were beginners. When customers shared concerns with the trail guide (when they were finally within speaking distance and she was not talking on her CELL PHONE), the owner either completely trivialized our concern or blamed us. When the horses did not listen to our commands, the owner rudely yelled at us to control them, although most of the riders were beginners and the horses were not responsive due to their being not well trained by the owner. Also, the trail guides gave contradictory information on how to handle the horses.
The owner chose to ride as the trail leader a horse she'd only had for a week, whose temperament and social hierarchy were unknown/unestablished. The horse reared into the air several times, making the other horses and customers even more anxious.
The owners of this farm just don't seem to know the appropriate way to treat other human beings. I feel sorry for them for this, and we tried to demonstrate to them how one should treat others. Please do not subject yourself or your children to these people.
My family and I which included my 7yr old son, 9 year old daughter and my son 19yrs old. When we arrived at the farm every one was busy which is too be expected. It was a Saturday Set. 8th at 2:00. before you confirm your ride you are sent an email as to what is too be expected when you arrive. The owner Carla explained that we would be there until about 4:00.. This was for my daughters birthday! Carla gave us all waivers to fill out before we could ride. Then she gave very explicit instructions to all of us on how to handle our horses. She explained herself very well! Young children say they understand. but they really don't. With that being said we all got assigned horses and waited for all of us in the 2:00 group to get ready to go on the trail!! When it was time to go we were told to lead our horse over to the water troll. The water was very clean.. We then proceeded down the trail to enjoy our hour ride. So I thought! Little did I know there was going to be a women that had been complaining about everything and anything!! I knew we were in for a wild ride. She even complained to the owner why did she have horse fly's??? Ridiculous I know!! Then she was complaining because the horses were too close! Like I said she didn't stop! She told Carla she wanted to get off the horse and go back to the stables.. Carla explained that she could not do that because other people have paid and want to ride their horse. Also, if the owner did this as she explained to the women all the horses would follow and she would not be able to control them! Well the women would no give in she kept complaining and wanted to get off the horse. I remember the women telling her husband you need to tell this women to get me off this horse. The women said this is my final warning I want off the horse.. Then she screamed and said MAM I told you I want to get off this horse. Well after the lady would not stop complaining Carla the owner finally told the women to get off the horse if this is what you want. As Carla was getting off her horse. Carla's horse bucked and caused and injury to Carla's face.. By now blood is running down her cheek!! As far as the little boy's horse which happens to be son. The horse did not run it walked through the woods and then the guide in the back got the horse and brought him back on the trail. My son was not in danger!!
All of this because of women who complained about everything.. Talk about being safe the women caused all of us to be unsafe with all of her nonsense.. The women Lisa said you don't want a piece of this! Who is threatening who? The women got off the horse and then told Carla to get her children off. Carla got her children off. Then Lisa said where do I go? Carla said follow the path it will lead you back to the stables.. So Lisa just stands there not knowing what to do. Lisa wanted off the horse and she got her wish! But, Lisa was still complaining. her poor husband was embarrassed he wouldn't even turn around.. What a fiasco turned my horse ride in to a HELL ride Thanks Lisa for ruining my daughters 10th birthday!! Go see Carla and her beautiful horses see for yourself all of lies Lisa has spewed!! By the way who goes riding in a dress and flip flops just saying!!!
I've worked at Dead Broke for almost a year and a half, and have 11 years of horse experience including extensive showing and ownership of my own horses over the years. Lisa H. below is very misguiding as I know for a fact that the one thing Carla truly cares for are her horses, most of them yes, being rescues. We have two horses missing eyes, Tiny and Stormy. Tiny was neglected by his previous owner and had developed an infection in his eye, which was why it had to be removed upon arrival at Dead Broke, not due to any cruelty or negligence on part of Carla or her staff. The fact that Lisa suggests this is completely outrageous! We have one horse that is somewhat "missing" a tail and that is Tammy Faye, who is not actually missing her tail but is an Appaloosa, a breed notorious for a lack of hair. It's just how she is and she's a very sweet camper horse. Also speaking as a worker of well over a year, we scrub the water troughs regularly to make sure the horses are receiving fresh water. The horses get very good care for trail horses, from making sure that they're getting an appropriate amount of grain for their individual needs, to receiving any needed medicine, hosed down if they are hot, not being ridden if they are injured (which yes horses have an uncanny ability to hurt themselves as any horse owner knows), to having their feet trimmed and shod as needed. Yes when it rains the pastures turn muddy, but that's all it is, mud. It doesn't hurt anyone and if you pay attention you'll notice that the first thing the horses do when it rains is roll around in it. Also, it is up to the rider to pay attention to the riding demonstration before the ride goes out and up to the parents to determine if their child is mature enough, physically and mentally, to attempt horse back riding. I love horses, have cared for them since a little kid and I know what it takes to keep them in good shape and well cared for and would never support or work for the place that Lisa H. is describing.
SOMEONE WILL GET HURT AT DEADBROKE FARM IF THIS ENVIROMENT CONTINUES………..WARNING!!!!
MANY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS BUSINESS:
HORSES look miserable- not taken care of and mistreated by staff, particularly Owner Carla. Carla was witness by others numerous times yelling at customers, staff and YELLING “JUST HIT THE HORSE HARDER, HE WILL MOVE!” Carla yelled this comment to an 8 year old boy who she allowed to get away from the “Guided Trail Rides”. The child was so scared of Carla yelling, that he hit it until the horse was spooked and took off running off the path and straight thru the thick bush.
The water given to the horses prior trail ride was mildewed and had green growth around the inside of the container. The pastures were so full of sewage it was visible magnets.
The ratio of staff to kids is inadequate and not appropriate for any safe atmosphere to occur. The staff seemed scared of Carla and overwhelmed.
The place should be shut down....... I will do my part to allow these horses a better life. They are already rescue horses , which several were seen without having tales, missing eyes and simply not handled in the past or present environment at Dead Broke Farm appropriately. Please do your part and support those facilities who care more about the customers safety, horse's safety more than a $1 .
I am willing to bet that Carla is giving coupons or something to have people write anything positive about her. Please read thru several of these negative post. Or judge for yourself......Before giving them your money, go take a visit, ITS A ZOO, NOT A FARM!!!!
My daughters are attending camp this week and are having a great time with all the animals at the farm! They get in lots of riding time if they choose or can go on a wagon ride in the afternoon.
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