Stables >Rolling Hills Ranch Inc
677 Hickory Grade Rd, Bridgeville, PA | Directions 1501740.342855 -80.160327
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Great time at Rolling Hills – I was at Rolling Hills today with my fianc
BAD Business Management and Horse Care – I went to Rolling Hills Ranch with a Meetup group. I was unable, in good conscious, to ride the horses. It was plain to see that they were not well taken care of. I use to volunteer at a rehab barn for rescued horses and our horses had more personality and spirit and better grooming than the horses at Rolling Hills Ranch. All of the horses will have to, more than likely, have their manes and tails shaved as they are unsalvageable. Horses were allowed to walk back to the barns unattended even though there were children hanging around. At one time a horse returned to the barn riderless and then shortly afterwards two people walked back. Neither of the staff of 3 went out to check what was wrong. The handling of the horses to riders was more like an assembly line. One horse went in, one horse went out. No one was matched to horse. The horses acted like defeated, sedated, robots.
Have rented a horse there before...freaking dangerous place! Take a look at the hacks they can't possibly look happy to anyone. They are sickly looking. This place is a joke. They are only in it for the money, nothing else. Ship one sick hack out and bring in another. I am so so sure every horse dreams to go to this place to be ridden day in and day out by customers with no break all season long - I just pray they all survive the next epidemic that comes through there.
HORRIBLE PLACE!!! – I boarded there for a few short months and could not get out of there fast enough!!!! The people are clueless, the care of the horses is less than desirable and the faclities are deplorable! The hack/trail horses are the saddest horses I have seen in a long time!!!! They beat these horses into the ground day after day. Thankfully it has been a cooler summer for them since they all are in poor condition. If you care about your horses or these poor trail horses please please stay away from this place!!!!
Great for first timers – My wife and I went there for the first time this weekend. She has ridden before while I have never been. We had a lot of fun and thought the staff did a great job. We encountered several other groups, one that had a rider that was being mean to a horse, but the staff responded responsibly. We plan on going back many more times this summer and have already recommended Rolling Hills to our friends.
Great Intro to Horses – Rolling Hills is a great place to begin to learn about horses. They do a very good job of matching a horse to your level of ability, and for the return customers they will test you by gradually giving you more advanced horses as you build up your skill and comfort level.
True, some of the staff can be a bit short at times, but they are looking out for the safety of the customers but also the wellbeing of the horses. People need to use just a little bit of common sense around these animals, but you wouldnt believe how often that is lacking in people. There is also no mistake that these horses work for a living, but that does not mean they are ill-treated. Most are rescued from far worse fates before coming to RHR, and there are many that enjoy nice retirements after their years of service.
Horses shouldn't live a life like this – Yes, I will admit; if you have never ridden a horse or know much about them, Rolling Hills would be a fun time for all. As a knowledgeable horse person I would have to disagree. The horses used at the facility are run and run in the extreme summer heat. This is not good for the health of a horse just as it would not be good for health of a human. I do not feel that any animal needs to but put in the type of situation that the Rolling Hills trail horses are put into.
Mentally Challenged not Welcome – I have ridden at the ranch 3 times. Today was my last. I took my 21 year old daughter who is mentally challenged for the second time today. The first time we went we had a great time. The guide we had was very nice and helpful. Today the manager spoke to her in a very rude and disrespectful manner so we left. If you have or know someone who is mentally challenged I don't recommend riding at Rolling Hills. The manager and owner are both in dire need of sensitivity training. I don't know if you can be taught human decency and compassion but if so they should both sign up for a class. Obviously we will never go back.
Great Public Riding - Great Boarding Facilities - Great Trails – A great place to begin horse riding, especially if you and your friends want to make a day of it. Get a bunch of friends together and head there for a day of fun. The cost is negligible: $20 per hour. And you get to ride western around the fields and woods.
Often people will buy a horse then loose interest. Rolling Hills Ranch can be commended for saving lots of these horses that would otherwise be sent to the slaughterhouse or the glue factory. These horses are picked for a relatively good temperament and are then made into trail horses. Some of the horses, however, are stubborn and will try to dominate the novice rider. When you go, ask for a quiet horse, unless you are an accomplished rider. I prefer a stubborn one because I like the challenge and I like to train horses. Finally, keep in mind that horses like to lounge around with their pals. When heading back to the barn, the only thing in their minds should be YOU. That said, don't daydream. If you let them think about going back to their pals, they will RUN. That is a bad habit that they often get away with. Keep your horses attention by constantly talking to him, giving him little tugs and pats. Don't let him run back to the barn. Instead, point him away from the barn if he tries. He might just stand there for 5 minutes not moving (being stubborn), but you must always be in charge, NOT MEAN, that doesn't work, trust me. No kicking, just firmness. Point him away until he starts walking away. Then gently WALK back to the barn. Its all fun.
They also board horses there, and if you decide to board there, they have AWESOME trails to ride on. They focus mainly on western riding, but there are english riders there. This place isn't a competition barn, but seems to be mainly for pleasure riding. And it is a pleasure. Love the place.
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