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My daughter (who's been around horses for some time now) had the best week ever in a camp. The horses were well taken care of, staff fun and helpful, great place. Shame it's closing.

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My daughter (who's been around horses for some time now) had the best week ever in a camp. The horses were well taken care of, staff fun and helpful, great place. Shame it's closing.

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Parents, be informed comsumers. Check the age and condition of horses, check the age and experience of counselors. Very aged horses may not be ideal for camp. Horses with problems can only tell us they hurt by acting up.

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Parents, be informed comsumers. Check the age and condition of horses, check the age and experience of counselors. Very aged horses may not be ideal for camp. Horses with problems can only tell us they hurt by acting up.

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First I will tell you what gives me the authority to write a review on this, um..., 'facility'. I have rode horses since I was five years old on so many different horses I cannot even count them. Riding everywhere from the mom and pop laid-back Legacy Oaks to the very impressive, show oriented Macintosh Stables in Portola Valley Training Center and back again. So I like to imagine that I know a little bit more than your average 'equestrians' across the street who take their kids to a monthly ride at a place like Calero and calls that riding.

With my authority being est. I will move onto the actual review. My first experience of the horrors of Calero came from a horse that had been BLINDED from Calero's water. The owner of the horse later told that right before she had bought him that she went out to inspect the horse and found the water he was drinking to be tainted with mosquitos and moss and occasionally a dead vermin. I later found this to be true in the pasture troughs as well as the stall ones.

My next experience with Calero was 5 years ago when my family rescued a horse named Cheerio. The vet said that he had received minimal care due to the fact that he was not only 300 pounds underweight, but also had ringworm, rainrot, broken/missing teeth, and poor conformation due to ill-fitting saddles. We later confirmed this when we found that the reason for his diarrhea was because he was allergic to hay, something that even a person with the slightest of horse sense could have figured out if someone spent hours on him. Because of the weight issue we honestly did not expect him to make it a full year, but now 7 years later he is thriving. Showing what proper treatment can do to a horse.

My final experience with Calero confirmed that what I had seen on previous experiences was not unique but also gave me a chance to inspect the footing in the arena used by One Step Closer. In there I was forever removing stones to give the horses a path that would prevent stone bruises.

From my experience with Calero it is obvious that I cannot but help feel joy when I hear that Calero ranch will soon be closing?

Past all this, the trails really are the best I have ever been on.

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★☆☆☆☆

First I will tell you what gives me the authority to write a review on this, um..., 'facility'. I have rode horses since I was five years old on so many different horses I cannot even count them. Riding everywhere from the mom and pop laid-back Legacy Oaks to the very impressive, show oriented Macintosh Stables in Portola Valley Training Center and back again. So I like to imagine that I know a little bit more than your average 'equestrians' across the street who take their kids to a monthly ride at a place like Calero and calls that riding.

With my authority being est. I will move onto the actual review. My first experience of the horrors of Calero came from a horse that had been BLINDED from Calero's water. The owner of the horse later told that right before she had bought him that she went out to inspect the horse and found the water he was drinking to be tainted with mosquitos and moss and occasionally a dead vermin. I later found this to be true in the pasture troughs as well as the stall ones.

My next experience with Calero was 5 years ago when my family rescued a horse named Cheerio. The vet said that he had received minimal care due to the fact that he was not only 300 pounds underweight, but also had ringworm, rainrot, broken/missing teeth, and poor conformation due to ill-fitting saddles. We later confirmed this when we found that the reason for his diarrhea was because he was allergic to hay, something that even a person with the slightest of horse sense could have figured out if someone spent hours on him. Because of the weight issue we honestly did not expect him to make it a full year, but now 7 years later he is thriving. Showing what proper treatment can do to a horse.

My final experience with Calero confirmed that what I had seen on previous experiences was not unique but also gave me a chance to inspect the footing in the arena used by One Step Closer. In there I was forever removing stones to give the horses a path that would prevent stone bruises.

From my experience with Calero it is obvious that I cannot but help feel joy when I hear that Calero ranch will soon be closing?

Past all this, the trails really are the best I have ever been on.

Pros: Beautiful Trails

Cons: The Facilities

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My experience with Calero has been so drastically different from what others have said. Words cannot describe the horror of the actual facilities. I have been around horses since I was five and I have never seen a place where the water is cleaned so infrequently that it is normal to find everything from algae to dead vermin in the troughs. Walking through the barns there is an overwhelming percentage of dull, under-weight, diarrhea stricken horses from the hands of the "quality hay" given. The horse my family rescued from here fit this exact mold being an estimated 200 pounds underweight. Maybe it was just in the One Step Closer arena, but the footing was terrible! While volunteering there I was forever removing rocks so the horses could get a clear path without fear of stone-bruises.
If you can look past all of this the trails are unquestionable beautiful. I cannot help but fell a great sense of joy knowing that this place will soon be closing.

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My experience with Calero has been so drastically different from what others have said. Words cannot describe the horror of the actual facilities. I have been around horses since I was five and I have never seen a place where the water is cleaned so infrequently that it is normal to find everything from algae to dead vermin in the troughs. Walking through the barns there is an overwhelming percentage of dull, under-weight, diarrhea stricken horses from the hands of the "quality hay" given. The horse my family rescued from here fit this exact mold being an estimated 200 pounds underweight. Maybe it was just in the One Step Closer arena, but the footing was terrible! While volunteering there I was forever removing rocks so the horses could get a clear path without fear of stone-bruises.
If you can look past all of this the trails are unquestionable beautiful. I cannot help but fell a great sense of joy knowing that this place will soon be closing.

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I have ridden at calero for 7 years and I have ridden Lad,Remy,Clubs,and Jorge on the trail and in the arena. I have walked, troted, and cantered all of them, I have ridden Lad over 50 times and I have learned to jump with him. I have NEVER had any problem with any of these amazing horses. Lad and I have become best friends to the point where he recognizes my voice and comes when I call him. I plan to take him to a show later this month., If you are unable to stay on any Calero horse, you are obviously a terrible and inexperienced rider and the horse obviously didn't like you. Please do not make assumptions about horses you don't know. Lad is the most caring and responsible horse I have ever met. I would trust Lad with my life.

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★★★★★

I have ridden at calero for 7 years and I have ridden Lad,Remy,Clubs,and Jorge on the trail and in the arena. I have walked, troted, and cantered all of them, I have ridden Lad over 50 times and I have learned to jump with him. I have NEVER had any problem with any of these amazing horses. Lad and I have become best friends to the point where he recognizes my voice and comes when I call him. I plan to take him to a show later this month., If you are unable to stay on any Calero horse, you are obviously a terrible and inexperienced rider and the horse obviously didn't like you. Please do not make assumptions about horses you don't know. Lad is the most caring and responsible horse I have ever met. I would trust Lad with my life.

Pros: awsome horses

Cons: none

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Calero is a very good barn but has it difficulties just like every other barn. So if you have a bad experience there kinda like i did just get up and start over. The view is great there and there were many animals around and everything. The instructors are good and Calero has plenty of arenas. So just enjoy every minute of it cause life is to short not to.

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★★★☆☆

Calero is a very good barn but has it difficulties just like every other barn. So if you have a bad experience there kinda like i did just get up and start over. The view is great there and there were many animals around and everything. The instructors are good and Calero has plenty of arenas. So just enjoy every minute of it cause life is to short not to.

Pros: Scenery was pretty

Cons: listening to what people have to say

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I used to work at Calero. I taught lessons, worked summer camp, and lead trail rides. I also boarded my horse there for two years. I no longer have any affiliation with them (I have no reason to lie to you). The summers that I worked at Calero were the best of my life. They take EXCELENT care of their horses, and they spend hours, making sure that the horses that kids and adults ride are safe and sound. I've personally spent hours/days/weeks working with different horses to make sure that they could handle any situation in summer camp (screaming, yelling, hair pulling, yanking on the rains, kicking, leaning off the side of the saddle, ear pulling, etc.) and I am sure that Pat (the Summer Camp Director) still has her employees thoroughly test/train all new horses. The employees all have a passion for horses, and often take the Calero horses out for rides, just because they think it is fun (even though most of them have their own horses!).

This being said: I have to defend Calero against what some of the other people said. I have lead hundreds of trail rides and have NEVER had ANYONE fall off of a horse! I'm not saying that it never happens, because it does on occasion, but it is very rare! It is very sad that the girl fell off of her horse. You do have to keep in mind that horses are animals and can do the unexpected! Don?t let her story scare you from going on the trails though. Even though I?ve been on that trail a hundred times, I sill dream about being on a horse, in the woods, and the wonderful smell of bay leaves in the crisp morning air. I do, however, recommend that you follow the rules: you should not ask your horse to trot (trails are walking only) especially when you are close to home.

I am now the proud mother of a 2 1/2 year old. Without a doubt, I will send my daughter to Summer Camp when she is 5, and take her on the trail when she is 8. There are no horses in the world that I trust more than the Calero horses.

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★★★★★

I used to work at Calero. I taught lessons, worked summer camp, and lead trail rides. I also boarded my horse there for two years. I no longer have any affiliation with them (I have no reason to lie to you). The summers that I worked at Calero were the best of my life. They take EXCELENT care of their horses, and they spend hours, making sure that the horses that kids and adults ride are safe and sound. I've personally spent hours/days/weeks working with different horses to make sure that they could handle any situation in summer camp (screaming, yelling, hair pulling, yanking on the rains, kicking, leaning off the side of the saddle, ear pulling, etc.) and I am sure that Pat (the Summer Camp Director) still has her employees thoroughly test/train all new horses. The employees all have a passion for horses, and often take the Calero horses out for rides, just because they think it is fun (even though most of them have their own horses!).

This being said: I have to defend Calero against what some of the other people said. I have lead hundreds of trail rides and have NEVER had ANYONE fall off of a horse! I'm not saying that it never happens, because it does on occasion, but it is very rare! It is very sad that the girl fell off of her horse. You do have to keep in mind that horses are animals and can do the unexpected! Don?t let her story scare you from going on the trails though. Even though I?ve been on that trail a hundred times, I sill dream about being on a horse, in the woods, and the wonderful smell of bay leaves in the crisp morning air. I do, however, recommend that you follow the rules: you should not ask your horse to trot (trails are walking only) especially when you are close to home.

I am now the proud mother of a 2 1/2 year old. Without a doubt, I will send my daughter to Summer Camp when she is 5, and take her on the trail when she is 8. There are no horses in the world that I trust more than the Calero horses.

Pros: Beautiful settings with wonderful horses!

Cons: It gets really hot in the summers

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I boarded a nice older gelding at the facility for several years. The staff was always around and easy to talk to. Issues were resolved swiftly. Feeding was consistent, the alfalfa was of much better quality than the oat hay and grass was offered at an additional cost. The large covered arena footing is too deep, in my opinion, however it is well maintained. (dragged often) The uncovered 'dressage' arena footing is better. No on site trainers, however you can have one of your choice come in to train your horse or give lessons. The trail access is superb! Overall, I enjoyed the atmosphere and would consider moving my horse back to the facility. I only moved my horse to be closer to our home. As a boarder you do need to clean your own stall and work around campers in the summer. Neither bothered me, but some did complain about the kids. It is a large facility, housing some 100 to 140 horses in the summer.

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★★★★☆

I boarded a nice older gelding at the facility for several years. The staff was always around and easy to talk to. Issues were resolved swiftly. Feeding was consistent, the alfalfa was of much better quality than the oat hay and grass was offered at an additional cost. The large covered arena footing is too deep, in my opinion, however it is well maintained. (dragged often) The uncovered 'dressage' arena footing is better. No on site trainers, however you can have one of your choice come in to train your horse or give lessons. The trail access is superb! Overall, I enjoyed the atmosphere and would consider moving my horse back to the facility. I only moved my horse to be closer to our home. As a boarder you do need to clean your own stall and work around campers in the summer. Neither bothered me, but some did complain about the kids. It is a large facility, housing some 100 to 140 horses in the summer.

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My 6-year-old went to camp here last summer. The owners were nice but the camp is a little much for someone so young. The camp runs 9-3 (although the last hour is spent in the pool). It's hot and dusty and a long day. The kids are split up according to age, and they try to "assign them" a horse for the week (though for various reasons this doesn't always work out). Camps cover everything from grooming to riding to raking poop! Probably okay for older kids. Demo for parents at the end of the week which was fun.

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My 6-year-old went to camp here last summer. The owners were nice but the camp is a little much for someone so young. The camp runs 9-3 (although the last hour is spent in the pool). It's hot and dusty and a long day. The kids are split up according to age, and they try to "assign them" a horse for the week (though for various reasons this doesn't always work out). Camps cover everything from grooming to riding to raking poop! Probably okay for older kids. Demo for parents at the end of the week which was fun.

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When we were close to the corral on the way back from the trail ride, my horse went up in the front at a trot. All of a sudden, my best friend's horse started to go into a wild gallop. So did mine. The guide was telling us to pull back on the reins (which we did). My horse came to a sudden stop and I went over the horse. I'm 9 years old, and don't weigh much, and fell hard on the ground on my left side. The guides' horses weren't even fast enough to stop the horses from galloping off. It was ONLY the children's horses that took off wildly. Long story short, much pain, lots of gore, scared my mom to death, and spent the afternoon at the ER. Miraculously, no broken bones, although my nose was swollen 3x normal size, and the bone bruise on my left hip made it difficult to walk. My lip was split open and had to be stitched. I looked like the bride of Frankenstein for about 2 weeks, but was lucky. I'm afraid that the next child may not be so lucky.

Please be careful when bringing your children on a trail ride at Calero Ranch. I've been taking lessons for a year and was unable to control my horse when he decided to take off.

Watch out for horses Lad, Club, Remy, and Jorge. All and all, I think the horses that were used for the children were inappropriate.

Last but not least, I left my nice Troxel helmet when the EMS arrived and my mom forgot it, too. She has left several messages asking about it, and not even gotten a call back. What do you think about that? Not so great. Anyway, just be cautious. Learn from my bad experience!!

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★★☆☆☆

When we were close to the corral on the way back from the trail ride, my horse went up in the front at a trot. All of a sudden, my best friend's horse started to go into a wild gallop. So did mine. The guide was telling us to pull back on the reins (which we did). My horse came to a sudden stop and I went over the horse. I'm 9 years old, and don't weigh much, and fell hard on the ground on my left side. The guides' horses weren't even fast enough to stop the horses from galloping off. It was ONLY the children's horses that took off wildly. Long story short, much pain, lots of gore, scared my mom to death, and spent the afternoon at the ER. Miraculously, no broken bones, although my nose was swollen 3x normal size, and the bone bruise on my left hip made it difficult to walk. My lip was split open and had to be stitched. I looked like the bride of Frankenstein for about 2 weeks, but was lucky. I'm afraid that the next child may not be so lucky.

Please be careful when bringing your children on a trail ride at Calero Ranch. I've been taking lessons for a year and was unable to control my horse when he decided to take off.

Watch out for horses Lad, Club, Remy, and Jorge. All and all, I think the horses that were used for the children were inappropriate.

Last but not least, I left my nice Troxel helmet when the EMS arrived and my mom forgot it, too. She has left several messages asking about it, and not even gotten a call back. What do you think about that? Not so great. Anyway, just be cautious. Learn from my bad experience!!

Pros: Lovely setting.

Cons: Uncontrollable horses for children and inexperienced riders.

 

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