One reason why it's the best barn I've ever boarded at is due to the people. Joe and Donna (and Top Hand) take amazing care of all the horses day in and day out. The horses are always fed, watered and in clean stalls. I never have to worry about my horse's care when I'm not there. They keep a watchful eye and will let you know if anything is out of the norm. It's great peace of mind. The people I've met there and trail ride with on a regular basis have become great friends. We all take care of each others horse if one of us can't make it to the barn and share a love and passion for horses and animals in general.
And the trails! Miles of beautiful woods, ponds, campgrounds and pine forests. Some spots are absolutely breath taking. I highly recommend visiting and talking to some of the boarders if you're considering moving your horse. It will be worth your time.
Pros: happy, well cared for horses and great people
Cons: not modern facilities, but has all the essentials
I completely agree with the first review. Forest Riding Academy is truly a diamond in the rough. I boarded two horses there, and they we (my horses and I) were always treated fabulously. It may not look like much, but Joe and Donna keep the horses all really well taken care of. Also, everyone there is very knowledgeable about horses and always willing to lend a hand. There is ample room to exercise your horse: a large outdoor ring, and miles and miles of trails. While I was there, I was even given an informal open invitation to tag along on group trail rides. During the hunting season, there were reminders everywhere about being careful and wearing neon colors in the forest. It really is a phenomenal program, no matter whether or not there are lessons available. I would highly recommend this barn to anyone. Plus, the prices are great.
But the LaPorts keep the barn clean, stalls even cleaner, will turn out the horse for you, feed what you want your horse to have, fresh clean water all the time ,miles and miles of trails in Harold Parker State Forest. The Boarders are so friendly, and very willing to help other boarders if asked. This is a diamond in the rough. A must see, and check out what they have to offer. No they don't give lessons, but any boarder or the owners can tell you where the best places are to take lessons.
Pros: The place doesn't look like much, but is very clean
Cons: The horses are healthy and happy as the owners of the horses are!!
The Forest Riding Academy does not give any riding lessons.