7363 Hwy Hh, Catawissa, MO | Directions 6301538.350975 -90.753754
This place is fantastic! Sharon, the owner, is wonderful with both animals and kids. She works incredibly hard to keep this place going. Sometimes people come into the barn and are put off my the skinnier horses, but the reality is it's a horse (any any other animal that needs it!) RESCUE. Some of the horses are skinny because they've been starved before they were rescued and horses only fatten up so quickly! This place is an amazing place for lessons and pony rides and you will definitely get your money's worth. Lessons and pony rides are how she keeps this rescue running. Sharon and her husband Robert will go without before the horses do so before you judge a book by it's cover, let Sharon share with you how passionate she is about caring for these animals. Boarding is cheaper here than most, if not all, of the places anywhere near here. On the farm they currently have 60 rescued horses, 2 donkeys, a llama, a baby cow, some goats, some sheep, 2 kinds of chickens, bunnies, guinie hens and now 2 dogs. Plus two people-friendly skunks! The standing motto seems to be "We take animals that people have given up on and people who are misunderstood." If you don't feel like trying to fit in at a fancy-smanchy barn that charged $700 a month for board and requires a uniform to ride... then this is the place for you! We welcome anyone who is willing to learn and you can even work your lessons off! Times are tough financially for everyone right now and Sharon understands that more than most because she has to stretch any money very far to make ends meet. It's definitely worth carving out half a day to come visit and let Sharon show you around the place!
Sharon is an amazing woman. She tries VERY hard to keep everyone satisfied. She has a lot to do in a day. She offers the working program where if you can not afford to pay for lessons you may work them off. That's an awesome opportunity i don't know any other barns that even offer that. Many people are on here complaining that Sharon works them to hard. to those people. Sharon will accept payment at any time! If you don't want to work for your lessons then by all means pay for them!. Stop whining about doing work when the problem can be solved by you paying for the lessons.
Sharon knows what shes doing and most people just do not appreciate everything she does for the few of us who cant pay for our lessons. those few of us illegitimately appreciate Sharon and her barn.
Another thing is I'm so tired of all these people who "walk through" our barn. I'm glad you think that seeing the horses one time, never hearing their story or knowing there background, can automatically just know the horse is under-fed. Yes we have some skinny horses. Any horse person knows how that goes everyone has that one horse who no matter what you do you just cant keep weight on the silly thing!.
sharon is an AWESOME trainer. anything people say bad about Meadow Crest Farms there wrong. sharon tries her hardest to keep meadow crest farms running and to keep us happy. all of the horses are healthy. some are only skinny because they were just rescued. I used to ride at this barn and and when i was there idont think about anything but the farm and if the horses are fed and if they have water wich they always do but i like giving them treats. last year we had some differculties in gass money so i had to go to a different and closer barn. so that horse had to be put down on my b-day wich was depressing. the pasture horses always are fed watered constantly, they never run out of it. sharon does have some bad days but everybody has them. i started as a beginner and going to finish as an expirenst rider (hopefully). sharon is a very welcoming person. on my very first day there sharon told me i can not be shy at her barn. so i came up with barn family. also on my first time at the barn we played a little fun show with the horses and that made me feel welcome.
Sharon is one of the best trainers i ever had or met. She is just amazing. She has helped me and so many other financially and emotionally. Her horses are so friendly and nice. And for those of you that say that she is not taking care of her horses its a lie. Me and some of my friends have stayed over night there several times and the first thing we do is feed and water all the horses. Some of them are skinny due to age or that she just recently got them. When we clean the stalls she expects nothing less than your best. The prices are honestly not bad compared to most facilities. Sharon will give as much respect as you give her. She dose not appreciate being told what to do in her own barn, and she can get mad sometimes, but come on shes just human. At Sharons barn we are all just one big family.
Sharon is one of the best trainers of horses and riders in the state and surrounding areas. She has a college degree from one of the top 5 equine schools in the county I am a 34 yr old man whom also owns and runs a business she has the skills to train and run a business successfully. I have been taking lessons with her for some time now and have made great progress with her with Western riding and English. She is also going to board and care for one of my horses listen people Sharon has a true love for Animals and People i have a 8 yr old son whom she adores and treats like a prince. If you want to be trained safely and right go to this place and get the knowledge you need to ride right. People today are all into looks you can go to the best looking place and learn nothing or you can come to her Barn and learn everything. She works with disable children too so parents out there bring your child she will make there day.
I walked thru here with a friend of mine. Why are so many horses so skinny you can see their ribs and hip bones? I'v been involved in horses for many years, but new to computers. I checked out the site and WTF kind of money does she think she is asking for these "rescues" . Why would anyone go to a rescue place and pay the price of a reputable breeder with a well trained horse? Is she trying to keep these horses or find them homes? Most people that go to the humane society to rescue a pet they know they can AFFORD, not pay like they are at a breeder, Longmeadow Rescue which is like a mansion compared to this dog house. Their horses ave $300-$1000 for well trained registered ones. What in the heck makes this woman think average people would go to this place to pay the prices on her "rescue" horses? I only saw 3 on her page that were homed. Gee, I wonder why in 12 years she has only 3 rescue horses sold. Does the word HOARDER come to mind? What other reason would you charge such a high price for low quality, un-trained horses? Wake up and smell the coffee lady!! Get your so called rescue horses much better homes than you can give them. I wouldn't pay 1/2 of what she prices these poor horses. Get a clue. Your forcing these horses to stay by asking laughable prices when just the low quality of the place would scare off any one that could afford such dumb azz prices. Maybe someone should take a real look at the shape of these horses, then they could go to a REAL rescue, be priced right, and GET A HOME!! What a scam!!
The women who owns this barn has good intentions and knows what shes doing with horses but the conditions of the barn are not great she is trying to improve them but i don't know when or if she will ever really improve i do know that half of the bad comments are not true and half of them are extremely true. I do think it would be in the horses best interest for them to go to a different barn but its not up to me so i do not recommend going to this barn it deserves to be shut down i also believe that a lot of the horses are under a lot of stress because of the owners bad temper. Also many of the horses are very underweight and i don't think that years in to having a rescue horse that they should still be underweight, also the trainer is a really good trainer but isn't very good with kids if they make one mistake she yells at them like its the end of the world. A lot of the pony rides that she has kids and horses work are usually in freezing weather or super hot weather. A lot of the time she uses money she could be using to buy stuff for the horses for pointless things. My sister and I worked ten days in a row from 9am to 11pm in the stalls and didn't get many lessons back in return like she promised. I think as kids when adults promise things and work hard and get all excited that the adults should keep their promise but shes not very big on that. Also the lake that she lets kids swim in is disgusting and the outdoor arena is horrible as well as the indoor i mean when u ride at night you can barley see where you are going because she has barley any lights. She is never on time and keeps people waiting for hours. I don't and do understand why she took on so many horses. She cares but she doesn't deserve to stay running. If she doesn't figure something out i don't know how those horses life's end. The Horses in the big pasture barley get water and or food because they eat all the grass so fast. Also they dont have any shelter and there are HUGE jumps in the field the horses could hurt themselves jumping over. The mini pen has about 10-15 mini horses in it and there is very dirty water that they are forced to drink! When there is a shorting of hay the horses are forced to eat very little hay or all just grain. In the bedding area there is a tarp and when you walk in to get bedding it is very hot and very hard to breathe! The chicken coop is very disgusting and is never cleaned out. When you walk around the barn and stables you will see poop everywhere from the horses hoofs and nobody bothers to clean it up.
I met Sharon today and loved her. Just in the short time my children and I were there to watch a ferrier, we learned quite a bit. Sharon is so full of interesting bits of information about taking care of all kinds of animals, not just horses. There were many girls that volunteer there and you could tell they had the utmost respect for her. They were ready at a moment's notice for anything she needed help with...watering the horses, feeding them and the rabbits...etc. For kid,s these days, that was quite impressive. While my children and I are not experienced around horses and the smells of the farm were different to my kids...that didn't even phase them...they totally want to go back and help as much as Sharon will let them. I disagree whole-heartedly with the negative comments because we didn't experience any of it and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I'm glad there are people out there, like Sharon, because it makes the world more interesting and the animals that were rescued have a chance to have a better life.
I love this barn! – I absolutely love this barn, the horses, and most of all, the owner, Sharon. I'm from a barn in Illinois, and i had to move down to Missouri, and I've been too multiple barns till I came here. Sharon gives you so much individual attention. She's extremely intelligent, and knows so much about horses. I've never met someone with this much passion for what they do, in my life. Everyone here at this barn, was welcoming, and down to earth people. The horses here are amazing. I love everything about this barn.
Some Don't Understand What This Barn Is Trying To Do – Sometimes people judge by the cover vs. what they find inside and that's a shame. I hope the last reviewer doesn't live his or her whole life like this because they're going to miss out on some valuable experiences, valuable friendships and opportunities for faith, hope and love.
This barn has some things that need to be fixed, yes. However it's trying VERY hard to provide a safe environment for horses, riders and boarders. If someone is judging this place by rust and poo, then they're not even giving it a chance - so shame on them.
There are A LOT of positive things that can be provided and I personally know how much the owner of Meadowcrest loves these horses and the kids that ride there. This is one of the most knowledgeble horseback riding trainers I've ever met and she is so intelligent about the horses, their instincts and their personalities. I've met Many trainers in St. Louis and its surrounding areas and Florida as well and none of them can provide even CLOSE to what she provides as far as instruction. My daughter has learned more in 4 months at this barn in 3 1/2 years of riding. In addition, she has learned more about how to care for and love this animal and understand what its capable of and in turn has given my daughter a much deeper respect for horses. There are things that are taught in this barn that are Priceless.
Horses are NOT kept in trailers and this person below is lying. I am there 2-3 times per week and I've never seen the Clydesdale (Missy) in a Pen. There is one Clydesdale and she's constantly out grazing and enjoying her life. She was on her death bed before coming to Meadowcrest farms and is healthy and happy now. My daughter has had an opportunity to ride her on a few occassions and she's a giant baby. We all love her. If Missy was in a Pen, maybe she needed some extra attention. Which by the way, the owner is Very aware of each individual horse and what they need.
During the winter, the owner brought some of the horses into the arena during extremely cold temps to make sure they were taken care of on the cold nights. Why would this person fault an owner for that? In addition, Strangles (not Stangles as the reviewer mentioned) was not housed in this arena. An animal with Strangles has Never been kept in this arena in 12 years (not even for a day) that this owner has owned this barn. There are 3 metal trash cans that are used for garbage only. They have nothing to do with the horses or the care of the horses.
What I'm trying to say, is that times are tough folks. Everyone in Life is trying to make things work with less income and less resources, wouldn't you agree. Meadowcrest is trying to stay in business and grow because the children that go there, truly appreciate ALL that it is. The barn needs more riders and more income and can get back on its feet.
If you knew the owner at all what-so-ever, you'd know that she has a passion for these animals that is unmatched by anyone that I've ever known in this industry. She is trying hard for the kids that are so loyal to her and Meadowcrest. If you know anyone that is looking for the best trainer in the St. Louis area, you bring your child to one lesson and you'll see. My daughter was riding at one of the largest barns in the area and I now drive 25 minutes MORE to take her to lessons here. And... if you're looking for a place to board your beloved horse, there's no one that I'd recommend more that will understand your horse and know what it needs.
I have faith and hope that Meadowcrest will survive and begin to thrive in the coming years due to people like my daughter, me and the other families that believe in who she is and what she's trying to accomplish at Meadowcrest.
Thank you for your time reading this. I know it's long but Meadowcrest deserves so much more credit than what an outsider has to offer.
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