Freedom Woods

★★★★☆
  • 9501 Austin Ave

    Morton Grove, IL 60053

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  • 847-967-9800

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I have the same story most adult riders do (and by "adult", I mean 30 years old) -- I started riding when I was 5 years old, rode through high school and stopped right before college. Almost 8 years later, I was working in the city and wanted to pick riding back up. My childhood trainer was no longer around, so I started looking for a new barn. I ended up traveling to the south side to a saddlebred barn, because that is all I could find near the city. The saddlebred barn was nice, but they weren't exactly trained in jumping, but I didn't care - it was nice just to be on a horse again. After a year at the saddlebred barn, I started my search again to find a hunter/jumper barn and I randomly found Freedom Woods. Not only is it 11 miles from my apartment in Lincoln Park, but its also conveniently located a few blocks from Old Orchard mall! So on my next visit to the mall, I stopped by to check out the barn. I was amazed - its beautiful, two large indoor arenas, a heated viewing area, huge outdoor arena, clean - nice bathrooms! I started taking lessons there about a year and a half ago with the owner, Ashleen. She is the most talented, knowledgeable trainer I have ever ridden with. She has already corrected a ton of my bad habits and I'm starting to feel more like the rider I was when I was 15. Ashleen pushes me but also makes us laugh every lesson. She has a great personality and you can tell her young students adore her and look up to her. I wish I would have started riding here when I was a kid - I would have been a much better rider now! The young adults that she's taught from the ground up are nothing short of amazing to watch.
Its also worth noting that Freedom Woods has the best school horses I have ever ridden. I've never had the funds to buy or shareboard a horse, so I've been destined to ride school horses since I started. I remember when I was younger, getting to the barn at 8am for a 2pm lesson so that I could "pick the best horse"...at Freedom Woods, I don't care who I'm assigned to ride, because I've never been disappointed. Every time I think I have a "favorite" school horse, I like the next one even more. I don't know the history surrounding the negative reviews for this place, but my guess is that they are coming from 1 or 2 bitter people creating multiple accounts. Give this place a shot! I love it and I'm sure you will too!

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I have the same story most adult riders do (and by "adult", I mean 30 years old) -- I started riding when I was 5 years old, rode through high school and stopped right before college. Almost 8 years later, I was working in the city and wanted to pick riding back up. My childhood trainer was no longer around, so I started looking for a new barn. I ended up traveling to the south side to a saddlebred barn, because that is all I could find near the city. The saddlebred barn was nice, but they weren't exactly trained in jumping, but I didn't care - it was nice just to be on a horse again. After a year at the saddlebred barn, I started my search again to find a hunter/jumper barn and I randomly found Freedom Woods. Not only is it 11 miles from my apartment in Lincoln Park, but its also conveniently located a few blocks from Old Orchard mall! So on my next visit to the mall, I stopped by to check out the barn. I was amazed - its beautiful, two large indoor arenas, a heated viewing area, huge outdoor arena, clean - nice bathrooms! I started taking lessons there about a year and a half ago with the owner, Ashleen. She is the most talented, knowledgeable trainer I have ever ridden with. She has already corrected a ton of my bad habits and I'm starting to feel more like the rider I was when I was 15. Ashleen pushes me but also makes us laugh every lesson. She has a great personality and you can tell her young students adore her and look up to her. I wish I would have started riding here when I was a kid - I would have been a much better rider now! The young adults that she's taught from the ground up are nothing short of amazing to watch.
Its also worth noting that Freedom Woods has the best school horses I have ever ridden. I've never had the funds to buy or shareboard a horse, so I've been destined to ride school horses since I started. I remember when I was younger, getting to the barn at 8am for a 2pm lesson so that I could "pick the best horse"...at Freedom Woods, I don't care who I'm assigned to ride, because I've never been disappointed. Every time I think I have a "favorite" school horse, I like the next one even more. I don't know the history surrounding the negative reviews for this place, but my guess is that they are coming from 1 or 2 bitter people creating multiple accounts. Give this place a shot! I love it and I'm sure you will too!

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Best barn in Chicago! I have the same story most adult riders do (and by "adult", I mean 30 years old) -- I started riding when I was 5 years old, rode through high school and stopped right before college. Almost 8 years later, I was

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Best barn in Chicago! I have the same story most adult riders do (and by "adult", I mean 30 years old) -- I started riding when I was 5 years old, rode through high school and stopped right before college. Almost 8 years later, I was

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This place is the best! Started riding here 10 years ago, half hour/week at middle age with no history of previous riding. They kept me safe, challenged and driven--what more do you want? I now ride multiple times a week, jump, and am

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This place is the best! Started riding here 10 years ago, half hour/week at middle age with no history of previous riding. They kept me safe, challenged and driven--what more do you want? I now ride multiple times a week, jump, and am

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A uniquely convenient location combined with an extremely knowledgeable and personable staff has retained my tenure at Freedom Woods. The facility offers well-maintained arenas and stabling along with an attitude that supports

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A uniquely convenient location combined with an extremely knowledgeable and personable staff has retained my tenure at Freedom Woods. The facility offers well-maintained arenas and stabling along with an attitude that supports

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Though I could fill up an entire novella regarding how this particular barn is mismanaged, I will refrain from doing so. Instead, I will relay what happened to me tonight, and provide a very wise tip to those thinking of riding here, along

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Though I could fill up an entire novella regarding how this particular barn is mismanaged, I will refrain from doing so. Instead, I will relay what happened to me tonight, and provide a very wise tip to those thinking of riding here, along

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Freedom Woods is AWSOME! It is a very professionally run family owned business and it??s a wonderful place to ride, take lessons, lease and/or board your horse. I really like the fact that the facility, the structures/buildings and all four arenas are constantly being properly maintained. The owners and staff are always available to help you and they are always making improvements to meet the demands of the industry and to make their customers happy. They offer something for everyone. All areas are covered ?? training, riding and many other services are available for: young to more mature; just starting out, intermediate and most certainly advanced. This stable has trainers to help you advance or maintain your goals and desires. They offer Hunter, Jumper, Dressage and Western, plus as an extra bonus ?. Freedom Woods is located right on the Cook County Forest Preserve trails. As a boarder I also enjoy this amenity. There are many heroes at this facility to make it a win-win! The grooms do an excellent job! The stalls and isles are always clean, thick with nice straw bedding; and, it??s well light to include the stalls, the grooming stalls, the riding arenas, the isle ways and showers, too. Its temperature controlled during all weather conditions. School horses are in top condition, happy and very well cared for and well fed, too. The stalls are beautiful and most are new! The grooms take pride in their work and keep the stalls and facility in top condition and they are always there to help customers. It??s immaculate and organized. It has outstanding air flow and no smells. They management the manure well and the arenas are so well maintained. Its clean, no cob webs everywhere and the horses, instructors and riders are all a team here. There??s no shunning or cold shoulders if you ride a different discipline than everyone else. The owners (and the entire family) are personable, friendly and helpful and no cold shoulders Even my stupid questions are taken seriously. All the trainers help you succeed. Their shows are well paced and professional. The school riding tack is top drawer and the summer camps and birthday parties always get rave reviews. I would encourage anyone to take a tour of this fine facility and look at Freedom Woods to meet and exceed your many expectations. From: Aurelia and Edward

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★★★★★

Freedom Woods is AWSOME! It is a very professionally run family owned business and it??s a wonderful place to ride, take lessons, lease and/or board your horse. I really like the fact that the facility, the structures/buildings and all four arenas are constantly being properly maintained. The owners and staff are always available to help you and they are always making improvements to meet the demands of the industry and to make their customers happy. They offer something for everyone. All areas are covered ?? training, riding and many other services are available for: young to more mature; just starting out, intermediate and most certainly advanced. This stable has trainers to help you advance or maintain your goals and desires. They offer Hunter, Jumper, Dressage and Western, plus as an extra bonus ?. Freedom Woods is located right on the Cook County Forest Preserve trails. As a boarder I also enjoy this amenity. There are many heroes at this facility to make it a win-win! The grooms do an excellent job! The stalls and isles are always clean, thick with nice straw bedding; and, it??s well light to include the stalls, the grooming stalls, the riding arenas, the isle ways and showers, too. Its temperature controlled during all weather conditions. School horses are in top condition, happy and very well cared for and well fed, too. The stalls are beautiful and most are new! The grooms take pride in their work and keep the stalls and facility in top condition and they are always there to help customers. It??s immaculate and organized. It has outstanding air flow and no smells. They management the manure well and the arenas are so well maintained. Its clean, no cob webs everywhere and the horses, instructors and riders are all a team here. There??s no shunning or cold shoulders if you ride a different discipline than everyone else. The owners (and the entire family) are personable, friendly and helpful and no cold shoulders Even my stupid questions are taken seriously. All the trainers help you succeed. Their shows are well paced and professional. The school riding tack is top drawer and the summer camps and birthday parties always get rave reviews. I would encourage anyone to take a tour of this fine facility and look at Freedom Woods to meet and exceed your many expectations. From: Aurelia and Edward

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Freedom Woods is AWSOME! It is a very professionally run family owned business and it

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Freedom Woods is AWSOME! It is a very professionally run family owned business and it

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To comment on jennaahhhh (whatever her name is) comment: Ashleen is one of the best trainers I have ridden with. I think you're just venting because you're so spoiled that because Ashleen couldn't give you the attention you needed you felt

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To comment on jennaahhhh (whatever her name is) comment: Ashleen is one of the best trainers I have ridden with. I think you're just venting because you're so spoiled that because Ashleen couldn't give you the attention you needed you felt

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I have both ridden and boarded a horse at Freedom Woods for the past 6 years. The only reason that I left is because I moved out of state, but even now I still come ride there whenever I can. Everything I learned about riding and horses

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I have both ridden and boarded a horse at Freedom Woods for the past 6 years. The only reason that I left is because I moved out of state, but even now I still come ride there whenever I can. Everything I learned about riding and horses

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Interesting that more people left Freedom Woods. Why are the borders leaving? What's going on over there???

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Interesting that more people left Freedom Woods. Why are the borders leaving? What's going on over there???

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Freedom woods is a great place. They take good care of the horses and have very nice trainers. It is great for beginner and advanced riders. The owners work hard to keep the barn as nice as it is and the horses healthy and well cared for. They are slowly upgrading parts of the barn to make it an even better place. The stalls are kept nice and in the year and a half I have been there i learned more than the two and a half years at another barn thanks to my amazing trainer. Freedom woods is a great a great place to ride!

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Freedom woods is a great place. They take good care of the horses and have very nice trainers. It is great for beginner and advanced riders. The owners work hard to keep the barn as nice as it is and the horses healthy and well cared for. They are slowly upgrading parts of the barn to make it an even better place. The stalls are kept nice and in the year and a half I have been there i learned more than the two and a half years at another barn thanks to my amazing trainer. Freedom woods is a great a great place to ride!

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I had been riding at Glen Grove for maybe 2 years and they had incorrectly taught me how to use a crop and ask for the canter, without even teaching me the proper way to tack and lead a horse. After coming to FW I was amazed at my trainers

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I had been riding at Glen Grove for maybe 2 years and they had incorrectly taught me how to use a crop and ask for the canter, without even teaching me the proper way to tack and lead a horse. After coming to FW I was amazed at my trainers

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I just started riding here, but so far have nothing but good things to say about this barn and the people who work there. My instructor has been very patient and helpful, and the facility is about as clean as you can expect from a stable.

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I just started riding here, but so far have nothing but good things to say about this barn and the people who work there. My instructor has been very patient and helpful, and the facility is about as clean as you can expect from a stable.

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Hey there!

Growing up, I rode at many different places. Believe me, there are pros and cons to any barn. However, Freedom Woods is THE place that I grew up in. I spent every day at this barn-morning to night, every moment and memory is treasured and held very dear to my heart. Some of the most meaningful relationships of my childhood were forged in this place, and I learned so much with these people. I believe Jeff, Ashleen, Alex and Russell (and whoever happens to be employed by Jeff Lee) are far more competent that most. It's easy to hold resentment in your heart, and to write a bad review for something that is small and meaningless... However, these people mean too much to me to not try to set the record straight. They may be loud, but they are definitely not mean. They are not the type of people who do everything for money-if you knew anything you'd know that Jeff Lee started one of the most inspired riding programs for people who are mentally/physically challenged... I find this to be so honorable, especially since my cousin was part of this program for quite some time. Some people really should be ashamed for saying so much yet knowing so little. shame on you.

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Hey there!

Growing up, I rode at many different places. Believe me, there are pros and cons to any barn. However, Freedom Woods is THE place that I grew up in. I spent every day at this barn-morning to night, every moment and memory is treasured and held very dear to my heart. Some of the most meaningful relationships of my childhood were forged in this place, and I learned so much with these people. I believe Jeff, Ashleen, Alex and Russell (and whoever happens to be employed by Jeff Lee) are far more competent that most. It's easy to hold resentment in your heart, and to write a bad review for something that is small and meaningless... However, these people mean too much to me to not try to set the record straight. They may be loud, but they are definitely not mean. They are not the type of people who do everything for money-if you knew anything you'd know that Jeff Lee started one of the most inspired riding programs for people who are mentally/physically challenged... I find this to be so honorable, especially since my cousin was part of this program for quite some time. Some people really should be ashamed for saying so much yet knowing so little. shame on you.

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people stop all the rude comments!!!!! the owners childrens are great trainers..... i really like ashleen shes a great trainer and she does her job!!!! our barn is great and weve been building new things and have been improving the barn!!! i have a pony there named bonfire and she loves it ive been riding at fw for almost 5 years and i love it!!! so stop all the rude comments!!!!!!!!!!!

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people stop all the rude comments!!!!! the owners childrens are great trainers..... i really like ashleen shes a great trainer and she does her job!!!! our barn is great and weve been building new things and have been improving the barn!!! i have a pony there named bonfire and she loves it ive been riding at fw for almost 5 years and i love it!!! so stop all the rude comments!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have been a boarder at Freedom Woods for over 5 years now and I have never been happier with the service and people working there. The family that owns the barn is great, and will do their best to accomidate personally to each individual rider and horses needs. The horses are well cared for and happy. A lot of improvements have been done to upgrade the stable, not to mention the new viewing room. My daughter has done 2 years of the summer camp so far and she loves it! The counselors really connect with the kids and make sure each kid is comfortable and learning. I would highly recommend this camp for any kid who wants to learn and be around horses.

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I have been a boarder at Freedom Woods for over 5 years now and I have never been happier with the service and people working there. The family that owns the barn is great, and will do their best to accomidate personally to each individual rider and horses needs. The horses are well cared for and happy. A lot of improvements have been done to upgrade the stable, not to mention the new viewing room. My daughter has done 2 years of the summer camp so far and she loves it! The counselors really connect with the kids and make sure each kid is comfortable and learning. I would highly recommend this camp for any kid who wants to learn and be around horses.

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wow... really people? all of you who have written negative reviews here obviously had a bad experience with this barn. of course not everyone is going to have a good experience at fw or anywhere else for that matter. that does not mean you have to come here and cut down the barn and the people there just because it didn't work out for you. yes, i will admit that this barn does have it's flaws but it's really a great place to be if you look past those flaws. i've been riding there for basically my whole riding career... almost 10 years. for all of you who say the trainers, especially the owner's kids, don't teach well or don't know how to ride, you're once again just cutting down the place because of your bad experience and your need to make it known to everyone. i have improved so much over the years training with them and continue to improve. fw takes their students to many horse shows and clinics and they always do great. as i was reading through all the reviews i came across something that really just shows how naive some of you really are.. "o also remember thinking how bad the show trainers (the owners kids) are at riding for being pros, if they were so good you would see improvement in you horse (which i didnt) and they wouldnt have a pro trainer come and train them. professionals should already know what to do..." for one, the owner's kids are great riders. and yes, while they are professionals, EVERYONE is always still learning and everyone can improve. the fact that they are training with trainers even better than themselves just shows how much they care about their riding and about bettering themselves so they can train their students as well as possible. no matter how good you are, you are never good enough to stop learning. and the people there are not mean as many of you have said. my friends from the barn are some of my best friends and are some of the nicest people i have ever met. so basically, people, before you're so quick to judge this barn because of your bad experiences think about this.. you liked it there at one point, especially if you're one of the riders who rode there for years. what if you end up having a bad experience with the barn you're at now? are you gonna come on this website and complain about all the bad things about it too?

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wow... really people? all of you who have written negative reviews here obviously had a bad experience with this barn. of course not everyone is going to have a good experience at fw or anywhere else for that matter. that does not mean you have to come here and cut down the barn and the people there just because it didn't work out for you. yes, i will admit that this barn does have it's flaws but it's really a great place to be if you look past those flaws. i've been riding there for basically my whole riding career... almost 10 years. for all of you who say the trainers, especially the owner's kids, don't teach well or don't know how to ride, you're once again just cutting down the place because of your bad experience and your need to make it known to everyone. i have improved so much over the years training with them and continue to improve. fw takes their students to many horse shows and clinics and they always do great. as i was reading through all the reviews i came across something that really just shows how naive some of you really are.. "o also remember thinking how bad the show trainers (the owners kids) are at riding for being pros, if they were so good you would see improvement in you horse (which i didnt) and they wouldnt have a pro trainer come and train them. professionals should already know what to do..." for one, the owner's kids are great riders. and yes, while they are professionals, EVERYONE is always still learning and everyone can improve. the fact that they are training with trainers even better than themselves just shows how much they care about their riding and about bettering themselves so they can train their students as well as possible. no matter how good you are, you are never good enough to stop learning. and the people there are not mean as many of you have said. my friends from the barn are some of my best friends and are some of the nicest people i have ever met. so basically, people, before you're so quick to judge this barn because of your bad experiences think about this.. you liked it there at one point, especially if you're one of the riders who rode there for years. what if you end up having a bad experience with the barn you're at now? are you gonna come on this website and complain about all the bad things about it too?

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My name is Ashleen Lee. I am the owner's daughter at Freedom Woods. I take riding very seriously, and being a young professional I find it to be important to continue my learning as well as teach my students. George Morris once told me, "I know a little about horses, but most people know nothing." And I thought to myself, if the guru of this sport feels he only knows a little, then I have my work cut out for me. I find it essential to keep learning in order to keep teaching and keep myself as well as my students growing at this sport. If I were to tell you I knew everything about horses at the age of 23, I would call myself nieve and ignorant. This is a very difficult sport and it is important to keep learning and challenging yourself.

I teach between 30 and 35 clients and I try my best to keep everyone happy. And I am slightly repulsed by the comments that "all we care about is money". I try to bend over backwards for my clients making things are done the right way and they get lessons when they need to. I acutally end up working a 65 hour work week on top of being a full time college student.

Over the last 13 years of owning Freedom Woods, we have and continue to make improvements. Last year we re did our footing in the indoor arena. Our goal is to eventually re-do all the old stalls into the new sections we have built since purchasing the barn.

Before you listen to all the bad reviews from one unhappy client, I suggest you check it out for yourself.

Ashleen Lee

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My name is Ashleen Lee. I am the owner's daughter at Freedom Woods. I take riding very seriously, and being a young professional I find it to be important to continue my learning as well as teach my students. George Morris once told me, "I know a little about horses, but most people know nothing." And I thought to myself, if the guru of this sport feels he only knows a little, then I have my work cut out for me. I find it essential to keep learning in order to keep teaching and keep myself as well as my students growing at this sport. If I were to tell you I knew everything about horses at the age of 23, I would call myself nieve and ignorant. This is a very difficult sport and it is important to keep learning and challenging yourself.

I teach between 30 and 35 clients and I try my best to keep everyone happy. And I am slightly repulsed by the comments that "all we care about is money". I try to bend over backwards for my clients making things are done the right way and they get lessons when they need to. I acutally end up working a 65 hour work week on top of being a full time college student.

Over the last 13 years of owning Freedom Woods, we have and continue to make improvements. Last year we re did our footing in the indoor arena. Our goal is to eventually re-do all the old stalls into the new sections we have built since purchasing the barn.

Before you listen to all the bad reviews from one unhappy client, I suggest you check it out for yourself.

Ashleen Lee

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the owners a wack-job, he only cares about money. a lot of the trainers just yell. the only nice and good trainers left or were fired for some reason. the paddocks have no grass, only 1 shower stall works well the trails are ba because you always have to cross the street. some of the borders and kids there are rude (but others are nice) they push to shareboard, own and show. WHAT MOE DOES IT TAKE TO SAY NO!

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the owners a wack-job, he only cares about money. a lot of the trainers just yell. the only nice and good trainers left or were fired for some reason. the paddocks have no grass, only 1 shower stall works well the trails are ba because you always have to cross the street. some of the borders and kids there are rude (but others are nice) they push to shareboard, own and show. WHAT MOE DOES IT TAKE TO SAY NO!

Pros: only good for beginners

Cons: dont get me started!

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UGH. no. the people only care about money and theyre all stuck up and really mean. the main trainers cant ride. the owners really insane and nutty. they charge you for every little thing. the lesson are way over priced... 45 for a private, 60 for a group! too much! if youre a border they charge for a heating bill and fan bill when some of the horses dont even have a fan, and there isnt even heating! its just not a good place! just dont go!
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UGH. no. the people only care about money and theyre all stuck up and really mean. the main trainers cant ride. the owners really insane and nutty. they charge you for every little thing. the lesson are way over priced... 45 for a private, 60 for a group! too much! if youre a border they charge for a heating bill and fan bill when some of the horses dont even have a fan, and there isnt even heating! its just not a good place! just dont go!
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just dont!

Pros: SOME nice parts in barn. friendly borders

Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE!

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let me be COMPLETELY honest.
I would say that the barn is only a good place to ride if you are a beginner and if you dont plan on becoming a serious rider for the future. when i started riding i loved it. i thought that it was the best place ever, until i started getting serious about it. what happened first was i started shareboarding the barns horse there. at first the price was really reasonable, but then they kept changing it almost every other month to a higher price of more than 200$ more!. and sometimes i wasnt even allowed to ride the horse i was sharing so someone elses could ride it! then i decided to buy a horse and they asked for A LOT of money just for a horse! it was crazy! so i got the price down and bought it. (i love him so much!) then they wanted us to pay commision and i guess they came up with this really high price! my parents refused to pay so the really nutty owner got really mad and all of his kids that work there sided on his side so i FINALLY decided to leave (thankfully). i dont know about you, but to me they sound like they only care about money.when i was there i remember that about almost every trainer (except for the owners kids) left after about 3 or 4 months (no one knows why). o also remember thinking how bad the show trainers (the owners kids) are at riding for being pros, if they were so good you would see improvement in you horse (which i didnt) and they wouldnt have a pro trainer come and train them. professionals should already know what to do... now i have a lot of friends that ride there and they always complain about how the board prices always go up to a really insanely high price.

im sooooo glad that i left. but i must say that i enjoyed it there before i got serious in riding.

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let me be COMPLETELY honest.
I would say that the barn is only a good place to ride if you are a beginner and if you dont plan on becoming a serious rider for the future. when i started riding i loved it. i thought that it was the best place ever, until i started getting serious about it. what happened first was i started shareboarding the barns horse there. at first the price was really reasonable, but then they kept changing it almost every other month to a higher price of more than 200$ more!. and sometimes i wasnt even allowed to ride the horse i was sharing so someone elses could ride it! then i decided to buy a horse and they asked for A LOT of money just for a horse! it was crazy! so i got the price down and bought it. (i love him so much!) then they wanted us to pay commision and i guess they came up with this really high price! my parents refused to pay so the really nutty owner got really mad and all of his kids that work there sided on his side so i FINALLY decided to leave (thankfully). i dont know about you, but to me they sound like they only care about money.when i was there i remember that about almost every trainer (except for the owners kids) left after about 3 or 4 months (no one knows why). o also remember thinking how bad the show trainers (the owners kids) are at riding for being pros, if they were so good you would see improvement in you horse (which i didnt) and they wouldnt have a pro trainer come and train them. professionals should already know what to do... now i have a lot of friends that ride there and they always complain about how the board prices always go up to a really insanely high price.

im sooooo glad that i left. but i must say that i enjoyed it there before i got serious in riding.

Pros: good for beginners. nice borders

Cons: all the people care about is money.

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first of all the owner is really crazy and nutty... he doesnt even know how to ride! he fires like all of the trainers (except for his kids) and he only cares about money.
the trainers (some are the owners kids) barelly know how to ride well and they dont know how to instruct either. they try to get you to buy a fancy horse for money and they "train it" when really they have someone come in to teach them how to train. the only good part about it is that some of the borders are nice, and so are the desk ladies. (if theyre even there still!) soo.... does this sound like a good place to go?......

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first of all the owner is really crazy and nutty... he doesnt even know how to ride! he fires like all of the trainers (except for his kids) and he only cares about money.
the trainers (some are the owners kids) barelly know how to ride well and they dont know how to instruct either. they try to get you to buy a fancy horse for money and they "train it" when really they have someone come in to teach them how to train. the only good part about it is that some of the borders are nice, and so are the desk ladies. (if theyre even there still!) soo.... does this sound like a good place to go?......

Pros: nice borders

Cons: everyting else

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BAD place.

mean trainers that only care about money.

trainers dont know how to ride. (I know much better riders)

crazy/ coo coo owner.

(the only thing thats good is that the borders are nice people)

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BAD place.

mean trainers that only care about money.

trainers dont know how to ride. (I know much better riders)

crazy/ coo coo owner.

(the only thing thats good is that the borders are nice people)

Pros: SOME OK stalls

Cons: Everything else

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this place is not good for anyone that likes to ride. the people are not nice, and they only care about money. they dont know how to ride (thats why they have a SPECIAL trainer come in to give the trainers lessons) trainers dont need lessons unless they actually can ride! the people are rude, the owner is phychotic and they dont treat their horses well, and most of the people their leave or get fired. the only good thing about it is that the desk ladys are nice (if theyre even till there) and the new parts of the barn are nice (the old parts are gross).

i really didnt like riding there

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this place is not good for anyone that likes to ride. the people are not nice, and they only care about money. they dont know how to ride (thats why they have a SPECIAL trainer come in to give the trainers lessons) trainers dont need lessons unless they actually can ride! the people are rude, the owner is phychotic and they dont treat their horses well, and most of the people their leave or get fired. the only good thing about it is that the desk ladys are nice (if theyre even till there) and the new parts of the barn are nice (the old parts are gross).

i really didnt like riding there

Pros: OK barn

Cons: mean people that only care about money

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ive ridden at FW for 6 years. I didnt realize until the end when i bought a horse that the owners only care about money, and theyll do anything to get it... thats why i left too. the facility is OK there are some nice parts, but then there are some really ugly and gross parts. the owner is a little coo-coo and a little creepy too... his three kids that help him seem nice at first, but only one of them actually cares about your riding and stuff like that. They think they know what they are doing, but if they did they wouldnt have a special trainer just for them. the paddocks are muddy and there's no grass and the only good arena is the outdoor one (which is next to a house that mows ther lawn and has people that scares the horses).

yes, they seem nice at first, and they are, but once they realize that your committed to riding they completely try and take over. the average girls there are really nice and friendly, its just the people that run it that are the main problem. i would say that the barn is only good for kids that are just begging to ride.. otherwise, i wouldnt EVER go!

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ive ridden at FW for 6 years. I didnt realize until the end when i bought a horse that the owners only care about money, and theyll do anything to get it... thats why i left too. the facility is OK there are some nice parts, but then there are some really ugly and gross parts. the owner is a little coo-coo and a little creepy too... his three kids that help him seem nice at first, but only one of them actually cares about your riding and stuff like that. They think they know what they are doing, but if they did they wouldnt have a special trainer just for them. the paddocks are muddy and there's no grass and the only good arena is the outdoor one (which is next to a house that mows ther lawn and has people that scares the horses).

yes, they seem nice at first, and they are, but once they realize that your committed to riding they completely try and take over. the average girls there are really nice and friendly, its just the people that run it that are the main problem. i would say that the barn is only good for kids that are just begging to ride.. otherwise, i wouldnt EVER go!

Pros: SOME good people, good private horses

Cons: bad service,only cares about money,bad facility

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I'm not a horse person but my daughter is horse crazy. We started lessons at FW 3 yrs ago with Sandy - the perfect instructor for serious beginners. She was able to adjust her lesson plan to my daughters learning style. Safety and horse knowledge is a priority for Sandy. She was careful to explain to my daughter (and the eventual group lesson students) that in order to progress a rider needs to have the basics down pat. She also took the time to explain the details to the parents as it sometimes looked like they weren't "doing" something constructive. Some friends had daughters who started jumping (at other barns) earlier, but many had falls and broken bones. One would play sick on lesson day because she was scared. Also, FW uses a variety of lesson horses which is a positive because it teaches the student how to handle different horses even the ones with quirks. My daughter is now in the beg jump class w/Debbie and is very happy. A negative would be the lack of ground lessons. Students are responsible for bridling the horses but because of the schedule they don't get much time for saddling, grooming, etc. at the beginner level.
I can't speak to horse boarding - though many of the boarders are welcoming to us (lesson people). True, the barns are not sparkling but its a barn! I'd rather have good instructors and some dust. When we started looking for a barn my sister, a horse owner, warned me away from barns that push lessons, boarding, showing and horse ownership. We've never been pushed at FW: information on everything is available. We have been asked if we're interested in shareboarding but only as an opportunity, not a requirement. If you want glitz perhaps this isn't the barn for you. But if you want a safe, conscientious environment that is w/i 20 min drive of most suburbs I would recommend Freedom Woods.

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I'm not a horse person but my daughter is horse crazy. We started lessons at FW 3 yrs ago with Sandy - the perfect instructor for serious beginners. She was able to adjust her lesson plan to my daughters learning style. Safety and horse knowledge is a priority for Sandy. She was careful to explain to my daughter (and the eventual group lesson students) that in order to progress a rider needs to have the basics down pat. She also took the time to explain the details to the parents as it sometimes looked like they weren't "doing" something constructive. Some friends had daughters who started jumping (at other barns) earlier, but many had falls and broken bones. One would play sick on lesson day because she was scared. Also, FW uses a variety of lesson horses which is a positive because it teaches the student how to handle different horses even the ones with quirks. My daughter is now in the beg jump class w/Debbie and is very happy. A negative would be the lack of ground lessons. Students are responsible for bridling the horses but because of the schedule they don't get much time for saddling, grooming, etc. at the beginner level.
I can't speak to horse boarding - though many of the boarders are welcoming to us (lesson people). True, the barns are not sparkling but its a barn! I'd rather have good instructors and some dust. When we started looking for a barn my sister, a horse owner, warned me away from barns that push lessons, boarding, showing and horse ownership. We've never been pushed at FW: information on everything is available. We have been asked if we're interested in shareboarding but only as an opportunity, not a requirement. If you want glitz perhaps this isn't the barn for you. But if you want a safe, conscientious environment that is w/i 20 min drive of most suburbs I would recommend Freedom Woods.

Pros: Conscientious trainers, friendly boarders

Cons: The Edens

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Let me start out by saying that these are some of the nicest horse people I have EVER been around!! And I have been around a whole lot!!! From the trainers all the way down to stable hands who take care of the mucking, they are all respectful and make you feel right at home. I have no idea what some of the other people who rated this place were talking about...Have they seen what theese trainers can do??!! I love to just sit and watch these guys ride! I will also say that this place is well taken care of, caretakers are always sweeping and cleaning. But hello...horses eat sleep and you know what here!! You cant expect to eat off the floors!
I also can't rave enough about my trainer! I look forward to seeing her every week. She is a wonderful teacher, the best I have ever had!!!
All the school horses here are trained to watch out for their riders. My 4yo son who also rides every week almost fell off once a couple of weeks ago, but the pony he was riding actually caught him with its head and pushed him back into the saddle... I have never seen anything like it!!!!! WE LOVE THIS PLACE

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Let me start out by saying that these are some of the nicest horse people I have EVER been around!! And I have been around a whole lot!!! From the trainers all the way down to stable hands who take care of the mucking, they are all respectful and make you feel right at home. I have no idea what some of the other people who rated this place were talking about...Have they seen what theese trainers can do??!! I love to just sit and watch these guys ride! I will also say that this place is well taken care of, caretakers are always sweeping and cleaning. But hello...horses eat sleep and you know what here!! You cant expect to eat off the floors!
I also can't rave enough about my trainer! I look forward to seeing her every week. She is a wonderful teacher, the best I have ever had!!!
All the school horses here are trained to watch out for their riders. My 4yo son who also rides every week almost fell off once a couple of weeks ago, but the pony he was riding actually caught him with its head and pushed him back into the saddle... I have never seen anything like it!!!!! WE LOVE THIS PLACE

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This barn is a great choice if you have a young child that 'wants to ride the pretty pony', but if you have a horse or are serious about riding, forget about this stable. It's conveniently located, but that comes with a price. The horses are turned out in muddy paddocks with no grass and are usually forgotten outside. The stalls are dreadful, the whole barn was dirty and messy and many of the grooms seemed unconcerned about the welfare of the horses. As for my 14 year old daughter who was getting serious about riding, lessons for advanced kids were not satisfactory. Her instructors were frequently changed and seemed to come and go. The students were absolutely not informed of the instructor change, and many times the teachers did not have the knowledge to teach kids who are serious about riding how to frame a horse or jump oxers. Many of the trainers put beginners who don't know how to control a horse on animals for advanced riders which was neither good for horse and rider. As for those of you who pay in bulk payments for lessons, watch out. If you leave the barn before your payment is up, you do not get your money back. It happened to us.

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This barn is a great choice if you have a young child that 'wants to ride the pretty pony', but if you have a horse or are serious about riding, forget about this stable. It's conveniently located, but that comes with a price. The horses are turned out in muddy paddocks with no grass and are usually forgotten outside. The stalls are dreadful, the whole barn was dirty and messy and many of the grooms seemed unconcerned about the welfare of the horses. As for my 14 year old daughter who was getting serious about riding, lessons for advanced kids were not satisfactory. Her instructors were frequently changed and seemed to come and go. The students were absolutely not informed of the instructor change, and many times the teachers did not have the knowledge to teach kids who are serious about riding how to frame a horse or jump oxers. Many of the trainers put beginners who don't know how to control a horse on animals for advanced riders which was neither good for horse and rider. As for those of you who pay in bulk payments for lessons, watch out. If you leave the barn before your payment is up, you do not get your money back. It happened to us.

Pros: location

Cons: everything else

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Freedom Woods is a much better place to ride at then Glen Grove. I recently switched to Freedom Woods because the trainors at Glen Grove were rude, disrespectful, and obnoxious. When my Mom and I took a ride over to Freedom Woods just to check it out, we liked it right away. One of the workers at the front desk gave us a tour and told us about how most of it was re-modeled and that there planning on doing more and my Mom and I liked it more there because we talked to one of the trainors and we could just feel the positive energy and the riders/trainors have a will to ride and there not all about the money like how Glen Grove is. So i HIGHLY recamend this stable!

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Freedom Woods is a much better place to ride at then Glen Grove. I recently switched to Freedom Woods because the trainors at Glen Grove were rude, disrespectful, and obnoxious. When my Mom and I took a ride over to Freedom Woods just to check it out, we liked it right away. One of the workers at the front desk gave us a tour and told us about how most of it was re-modeled and that there planning on doing more and my Mom and I liked it more there because we talked to one of the trainors and we could just feel the positive energy and the riders/trainors have a will to ride and there not all about the money like how Glen Grove is. So i HIGHLY recamend this stable!

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I don't understand why there is always a in-depth review and/or complaint, but no one wants to talk money. Quality of services os great, but I would really like to know if people got their money's worth.

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I don't understand why there is always a in-depth review and/or complaint, but no one wants to talk money. Quality of services os great, but I would really like to know if people got their money's worth.

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The place looks great but the buildings are separated. What i meen by that is say its freezing cold and you have to take your lesson this is what you will have to do. First you will have to check in then tack up your horse in the other building you get wet outside then what will you do. so it might be good in the summer but not iin the witer.

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The place looks great but the buildings are separated. What i meen by that is say its freezing cold and you have to take your lesson this is what you will have to do. First you will have to check in then tack up your horse in the other building you get wet outside then what will you do. so it might be good in the summer but not iin the witer.

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Our horse was boarded at this barn for over 2 years --I do not recommend this barn to anyone.
There is absolutely no grass turnout only small sand paddocks. In need of constant repair.
Hay was always of low quality. Stalls were rarely cleaned.
Horses receive 20 minutes turnout per day unless they were forgotten outside.
The owners and employees egos make this boarding barn very undesirable.
The attitude at the public barn is all about the money and not about the actual care of the horses.

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Our horse was boarded at this barn for over 2 years --I do not recommend this barn to anyone.
There is absolutely no grass turnout only small sand paddocks. In need of constant repair.
Hay was always of low quality. Stalls were rarely cleaned.
Horses receive 20 minutes turnout per day unless they were forgotten outside.
The owners and employees egos make this boarding barn very undesirable.
The attitude at the public barn is all about the money and not about the actual care of the horses.

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Our horse was boarded at this barn for over 2 years --I do not recommend this barn to anyone.
There is absolutely no grass turnout only small sand paddocks.
Hay was always of low quality. Stalls were rarely cleaned. Horses receive 20 minutes turnout per day unless they were forgotten outside.
The owners and employees egos make this boarding barn very undesirable.
The attitude at the public barn is all about the money and not about the actual care of the horses.

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Our horse was boarded at this barn for over 2 years --I do not recommend this barn to anyone.
There is absolutely no grass turnout only small sand paddocks.
Hay was always of low quality. Stalls were rarely cleaned. Horses receive 20 minutes turnout per day unless they were forgotten outside.
The owners and employees egos make this boarding barn very undesirable.
The attitude at the public barn is all about the money and not about the actual care of the horses.

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Business Response:

You just cant please everyone! We at Freedom Woods have done much to improve this old riding stable in the last 20 years. Yes, we are a family run organization and not a Stuffy Equestrian Center. We take Pride in what we do here and we are working very hard every day to improve our facities. Our school horses are happy and so are our boarders! We have had very little turnover over the years and those boarders who have left, did so for many reasons but NOT because of the quality of our care or the egos of our employees but most likely due to the "cost" of good quality care and the ego of the Rider!

Message from Freedom Woods

Freedom Woods Equestrian Center is located in Morton Grove, Illinois minutes from I94 and about 15 miles north of downtown Chicago. Although conveniently located near Chicago we also offer quiet and seclusion. Freedom Woods is located in the forest preserve and away from busy streets.





Freedom Woods hosts a variety of other activities including Summer Camps, Schooling Horse Shows, Birthday Parties, Boy/Girl Scouts, Park Districts and more.



This year we??re offering 5 day camps throughout the summer! Group sizes are limited to only 5 campers maximum for a personalized learning experience. Each camper is assigned to his own horse or pony for the week! Your child will learn Grooming , Saddling and Arena Riding with a good mixture of fun and education by our trained instructors. Our Summer Camp program, is for children 8 years and older and focuses on building confidence, strong character, and positive relationships within our safe, fun, and caring environment.







This year our program is divided into two sessions, Morning and Afternoon, and will be designated by level.







Morning session (Levels 1 and 2) 8:30am ?? noon



Afternoon session (Levels 3 and 4) 12:30 ?? 4:00pm







Get your own horse!







This year??s camp will be slightly different than previous camps. We feel that it will be more beneficial for each child to be assigned their very own horse or pony each day they arrived camp. By doing so, each child will have a greater understanding of horsemanship in its entirety.



Call us at (847) 967-9800 today!

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Freedom Woods offers instruction primarily in the areas of hunt seat, jumping and dressage at all levels and class sizes. There are approximately 25 school horses and barn help available at all times for beginner and intermediate lessons. Additionally, Fr

 

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