Sweet Hills Riding Center

★★★☆☆
  • Sweet Hollow Rd

    Huntington, NY 11743

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  • 631-351-9168

About Sweet Hills Riding Center

Hours
Mon 09:00 AM-07:00 PM;Tue 09:00 AM-07:00 PM;Wed 09:00 AM-07:00 PM;Thu 09:00 AM-07:00 PM;Fri 09:00 AM-07:00 PM;Sat 09:00 AM-05:00 PM;Sun 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
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"STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!"\r
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We just went there today with my 4 year old daughter for her birthday. I booked a half an hour riding horseback lesson, for $55. I thought the price was a bit high, but figured

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"STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!"\r
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We just went there today with my 4 year old daughter for her birthday. I booked a half an hour riding horseback lesson, for $55. I thought the price was a bit high, but figured

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I rode here a while ago. Worst experience ever. Because I don??t come from a financially well-off family, my lessons took place depending on whether or not I could afford them. Spending so little time around the barn caused me to have fairly limited knowledge of proper horse care, which I was looking to fix. One of my instructors was entirely too harsh with me, as I was only a fourth or fifth grader at the time. Because she boarded a horse or two of her own at the stable, it seemed as though she expected me to be just as knowledgeable as herself when it came to bridling/saddling/riding. She'd give me a bridal before a lesson & say, 'Go get _____,' which was not at all the problem. The issue was that, since I was still somewhat sensitive around large animals (being tiny, myself), bridling was hard to accomplish, and on one occasion, a more intimidating horse wound up biting me in my attempt. My instructor would come into the stall and scold me for fumbling with the task. I understand that learning how to handle a horse is like learning how to accomplish anything in general--everyone starts somewhere. But I didn??t deserve to be scolded and degraded at ten years old just because I couldn??t put a bridle on a horse in thirty seconds flat. In the riding ring, I was, once again, yelled at for fairly minor things, such as occasionally keeping my toes down and heels up, or not posting in accordance with the horse??s outside leg. The more my instructor yelled, the more I panicked and screwed up, which increased her irritation. Looking back, had I not been the spineless child I was, I would have gladly kicked some dirt in her face instead of my usual response: fighting back tears and the feeling of stupidity. Honestly, I was ten. Yes, horseback riding can be a tough sport, but this kind of treatment goes beyond ??tough love.? I was pressured to sign up for horse shows in which I truly did not want to take any part (I??m not a competitive person in general), causing my parents to fork over more money we didn??t have & purchase a uniform, and each lesson gradually became something *not* to look forward to. It really isn??t necessary to treat anyone like this, especially children. I had another instructor prior to the witch, and she didn??t feel the need to yell to make a point; during this period of time, my horseback riding was at its absolute best, and I greatly thank that instructor for her patience.

The summer camp, when I attended, was ridiculous. Most of the counselors were insanely obnoxious girls in their late teens. During lunch time--a time to eat and unwind--they forced the campers to partake in games when I just wanted to sit on the bench and read my book; if you refused hard enough, they would let you do your own thing, but their ??whatever? kind of attitude made you feel guilty about it. In my particular session, there was a situation of some sort during lunch where a fellow camper, who was sitting at my lunch table, made a degrading remark towards another camper. One of the counselors was informed, and she held up our entire table for it. I had been reading a book and didn??t really know what had been said, but when I told the counselor this, she replied, ??Yes you did. You heard it,?? and took to interrogating us. Again, being spineless, I just sat there, afraid of being punished (the main threat is that the counselors won??t let you ride for the day). Luckily, the camper who made the remark stepped forward...however, the entire table was lectured on being respectful. I still get angry when I think about it. The horses are wonderful, I??ve always loved them, but the community at this barn has a hell of a lot of reshaping to do. I was turned off to horseback riding while being here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I rode here a while ago. Worst experience ever. Because I don??t come from a financially well-off family, my lessons took place depending on whether or not I could afford them. Spending so little time around the barn caused me to have fairly limited knowledge of proper horse care, which I was looking to fix. One of my instructors was entirely too harsh with me, as I was only a fourth or fifth grader at the time. Because she boarded a horse or two of her own at the stable, it seemed as though she expected me to be just as knowledgeable as herself when it came to bridling/saddling/riding. She'd give me a bridal before a lesson & say, 'Go get _____,' which was not at all the problem. The issue was that, since I was still somewhat sensitive around large animals (being tiny, myself), bridling was hard to accomplish, and on one occasion, a more intimidating horse wound up biting me in my attempt. My instructor would come into the stall and scold me for fumbling with the task. I understand that learning how to handle a horse is like learning how to accomplish anything in general--everyone starts somewhere. But I didn??t deserve to be scolded and degraded at ten years old just because I couldn??t put a bridle on a horse in thirty seconds flat. In the riding ring, I was, once again, yelled at for fairly minor things, such as occasionally keeping my toes down and heels up, or not posting in accordance with the horse??s outside leg. The more my instructor yelled, the more I panicked and screwed up, which increased her irritation. Looking back, had I not been the spineless child I was, I would have gladly kicked some dirt in her face instead of my usual response: fighting back tears and the feeling of stupidity. Honestly, I was ten. Yes, horseback riding can be a tough sport, but this kind of treatment goes beyond ??tough love.? I was pressured to sign up for horse shows in which I truly did not want to take any part (I??m not a competitive person in general), causing my parents to fork over more money we didn??t have & purchase a uniform, and each lesson gradually became something *not* to look forward to. It really isn??t necessary to treat anyone like this, especially children. I had another instructor prior to the witch, and she didn??t feel the need to yell to make a point; during this period of time, my horseback riding was at its absolute best, and I greatly thank that instructor for her patience.

The summer camp, when I attended, was ridiculous. Most of the counselors were insanely obnoxious girls in their late teens. During lunch time--a time to eat and unwind--they forced the campers to partake in games when I just wanted to sit on the bench and read my book; if you refused hard enough, they would let you do your own thing, but their ??whatever? kind of attitude made you feel guilty about it. In my particular session, there was a situation of some sort during lunch where a fellow camper, who was sitting at my lunch table, made a degrading remark towards another camper. One of the counselors was informed, and she held up our entire table for it. I had been reading a book and didn??t really know what had been said, but when I told the counselor this, she replied, ??Yes you did. You heard it,?? and took to interrogating us. Again, being spineless, I just sat there, afraid of being punished (the main threat is that the counselors won??t let you ride for the day). Luckily, the camper who made the remark stepped forward...however, the entire table was lectured on being respectful. I still get angry when I think about it. The horses are wonderful, I??ve always loved them, but the community at this barn has a hell of a lot of reshaping to do. I was turned off to horseback riding while being here.

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I rode at sweet hills for 3 years. I feel for the horses there they are but in striat stalls staring at the walls like they have done something bad! Are you kidding me! Those horses put in more time and effort then the staff there no joke. They do not respect you there at all. I was but on horses that all they wold do the whole lesson was buck and they would make me ride the same horse every time just to force me into a lease with a horse i did not even like nor did i like the owner. Everything is about money there not about taking care of the animals that do so much for those dirty slimmy people. I left with digust and became a top rider at another stable. You make the choice weather or not to give them your bussiness. I suggest not.

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I rode at sweet hills for 3 years. I feel for the horses there they are but in striat stalls staring at the walls like they have done something bad! Are you kidding me! Those horses put in more time and effort then the staff there no joke. They do not respect you there at all. I was but on horses that all they wold do the whole lesson was buck and they would make me ride the same horse every time just to force me into a lease with a horse i did not even like nor did i like the owner. Everything is about money there not about taking care of the animals that do so much for those dirty slimmy people. I left with digust and became a top rider at another stable. You make the choice weather or not to give them your bussiness. I suggest not.

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Nice stables beautiful horses, yet drugged, wouldn't recommend at all!.........(im doing these dots to get rid of remaining
charactors)

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★★☆☆☆

Nice stables beautiful horses, yet drugged, wouldn't recommend at all!.........(im doing these dots to get rid of remaining
charactors)

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Sweet Hills hasn't changed much in all the years it's been open. Horses not treated the best off the hack line and still high in prices. Staff werent' always qualified to instruct either. Could be alot cleaner. I wouldn't recommend this place to others.

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★★☆☆☆

Sweet Hills hasn't changed much in all the years it's been open. Horses not treated the best off the hack line and still high in prices. Staff werent' always qualified to instruct either. Could be alot cleaner. I wouldn't recommend this place to others.

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I don't know if things have changed because its been a few years since I've been to Sweet Hills, but when I was there, I had to stop riding there because of the way the lesson horses were being treated. They stood in straight stalls, chained in in order to make for easier clean up. They had no room to move around and could just stare at the wall all day. It seemed like they were all over used and one day you would notice one was gone--once they were used up, they were shipped out to auction. It seemed to be about making money here, not about taking care of the horses.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't know if things have changed because its been a few years since I've been to Sweet Hills, but when I was there, I had to stop riding there because of the way the lesson horses were being treated. They stood in straight stalls, chained in in order to make for easier clean up. They had no room to move around and could just stare at the wall all day. It seemed like they were all over used and one day you would notice one was gone--once they were used up, they were shipped out to auction. It seemed to be about making money here, not about taking care of the horses.

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This stable is very nice. The trails are well maintained, but there is a lot of hikers and bikers (some motorized) that I do not enjoy. But they do take excellent care of the horses.

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This stable is very nice. The trails are well maintained, but there is a lot of hikers and bikers (some motorized) that I do not enjoy. But they do take excellent care of the horses.

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