Idylwild Farms

★★★★☆
  • 433 Sanford Rd

    Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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  • 707-523-1778

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Great place; we are lucky to have this farm nearby.
Laura is so real & approachable.
Every time I go, I am amazed that this facility is exactly what I was looking for, for my 2 young grandchildren to be around horses.
The lesson horses are great. All the animals are loved. You don't see the arrogant attitude of some horse people.
Vespa the scary looking Rottweiler is so sweet. She is like a big old cat.
(Honestly I laughed out loud that someone found her menacing. That is too ridiculous to even bother to contradict).
Keep up the good work, Idylwild Farms, & don't let the jerks get you down; it takes all kinds :)

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★★★★★

Great place; we are lucky to have this farm nearby.
Laura is so real & approachable.
Every time I go, I am amazed that this facility is exactly what I was looking for, for my 2 young grandchildren to be around horses.
The lesson horses are great. All the animals are loved. You don't see the arrogant attitude of some horse people.
Vespa the scary looking Rottweiler is so sweet. She is like a big old cat.
(Honestly I laughed out loud that someone found her menacing. That is too ridiculous to even bother to contradict).
Keep up the good work, Idylwild Farms, & don't let the jerks get you down; it takes all kinds :)

Pros: No stress, animals are loved

Cons: hmmmm... no, can't think of any

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I have been at Idylwild for over one year. I have known the owner, Laura, for many years. Her love of horses and knowledge of horses is obvious from the moment you step into the barn. She has a wonderful staff and a wonderful group of clients. All of the trainers work well together. You will walk away from the barn knowing that your horse is in good hands and you that your trainer is trying to make you the best rider you can be. All of the horses, from the school horses to the privately owned horses, receive great treatment and each horses individual needs are attended to. I would recommend this barn, 100%.

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★★★★★

I have been at Idylwild for over one year. I have known the owner, Laura, for many years. Her love of horses and knowledge of horses is obvious from the moment you step into the barn. She has a wonderful staff and a wonderful group of clients. All of the trainers work well together. You will walk away from the barn knowing that your horse is in good hands and you that your trainer is trying to make you the best rider you can be. All of the horses, from the school horses to the privately owned horses, receive great treatment and each horses individual needs are attended to. I would recommend this barn, 100%.

Pros: Excellent horse care and drama free for the riders!

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this is a good barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

this is a good barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: All around awesome

Cons: none

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I have rented a small barn and pasture at this facility for a year. Before I moved my horses in Ray had an electrician check the wiring in the barn and put in new switches. He had new bucket sized automatic waterers installed and had the barn painted. Before the winter rains began he had the roof cleaned and new gutters put up. Last month when a section of the pasture was flooded Laura suggested that, although the two horses in the pasture seemed to be having a great time pawing the pond that had developed, I should stall them in the ?mare motel? until the water subsided. She was concerned that wire or other debris may have floated in during the storm and that the horses might get hurt. This was offered at no additional cost to me.

This is an older facility and some sections are in need of repair but horses are not stalled there. In fact, when I asked Laura if I could move my horses to the back section of the courtyard barn if the winter rains proved heavy she said no because it was not safe, but that she would find space for them if need be.

The staff is very helpful and hard-working. The instructors are great. I have thoroughly enjoyed the hunter-jumper lessons I have taken with Mary and have enjoyed watching other lessons. The students seem quite happy. The horses are certainly well cared for. The dogs behave.

We enjoy an outdoor arena, a hunt field, a new dressage arena, an indoor arena (that can be busy on a rainy winter day, but never unsafe), and two round pens. There are irrigated pastures and small turn outs.

I have had my horses in several facilities in and around Santa Rosa in the past 15 years: Grun Tal, Mark West Stables, Moon Valley, Green Vista, Chalk Hill Ranch, San Lorenzo Ranch, Alliance Farms, and now Idylwild Farms. Although at times conflicts occur between people, I have never seen an owner, trainer, barn manager, or staff member mistreat or neglect an animal at any of these facilities. I do not recognize the place described in the December 17, 2008 review. It certainly is not Idylwild Farms.

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★★★★☆

I have rented a small barn and pasture at this facility for a year. Before I moved my horses in Ray had an electrician check the wiring in the barn and put in new switches. He had new bucket sized automatic waterers installed and had the barn painted. Before the winter rains began he had the roof cleaned and new gutters put up. Last month when a section of the pasture was flooded Laura suggested that, although the two horses in the pasture seemed to be having a great time pawing the pond that had developed, I should stall them in the ?mare motel? until the water subsided. She was concerned that wire or other debris may have floated in during the storm and that the horses might get hurt. This was offered at no additional cost to me.

This is an older facility and some sections are in need of repair but horses are not stalled there. In fact, when I asked Laura if I could move my horses to the back section of the courtyard barn if the winter rains proved heavy she said no because it was not safe, but that she would find space for them if need be.

The staff is very helpful and hard-working. The instructors are great. I have thoroughly enjoyed the hunter-jumper lessons I have taken with Mary and have enjoyed watching other lessons. The students seem quite happy. The horses are certainly well cared for. The dogs behave.

We enjoy an outdoor arena, a hunt field, a new dressage arena, an indoor arena (that can be busy on a rainy winter day, but never unsafe), and two round pens. There are irrigated pastures and small turn outs.

I have had my horses in several facilities in and around Santa Rosa in the past 15 years: Grun Tal, Mark West Stables, Moon Valley, Green Vista, Chalk Hill Ranch, San Lorenzo Ranch, Alliance Farms, and now Idylwild Farms. Although at times conflicts occur between people, I have never seen an owner, trainer, barn manager, or staff member mistreat or neglect an animal at any of these facilities. I do not recognize the place described in the December 17, 2008 review. It certainly is not Idylwild Farms.

Pros: friendly, lots of room

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Laura McEvoy is owner and one of the four fabulous trainers at this wonderful unpretentious riding facility. Training is available in eventing, hunter/jumper, and dressage for both children and adults.

Children are made to feel comfortable and encouraged to pursue riding in a supportive environment, offering superb opportunities in competition if so desired. Adults of any level are welcome to pursue their "equestrian dreams" and are equally encouraged.

Another FABULOUS feature at Idylwild is the covered arena. It allows for riding 24/7 and for someone that doesn't particularly enjoy foul weather, this is a HUGE PLUS! P.S. The VAST majority of the time, I am the only one in the arena riding or taking a lesson.

The stalls are of a good size and are cleaned everyday except Sunday. Some of the stalls have paddocks attached. There is wonderful turn out with irrigated pastures. Horses are fed twice a day, religiously and grain and meds are carefully administered.

Idylwild and Laura McEvoy have become part of my life and what I look forward to each week. They are all a part of my family.

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★★★★★

Laura McEvoy is owner and one of the four fabulous trainers at this wonderful unpretentious riding facility. Training is available in eventing, hunter/jumper, and dressage for both children and adults.

Children are made to feel comfortable and encouraged to pursue riding in a supportive environment, offering superb opportunities in competition if so desired. Adults of any level are welcome to pursue their "equestrian dreams" and are equally encouraged.

Another FABULOUS feature at Idylwild is the covered arena. It allows for riding 24/7 and for someone that doesn't particularly enjoy foul weather, this is a HUGE PLUS! P.S. The VAST majority of the time, I am the only one in the arena riding or taking a lesson.

The stalls are of a good size and are cleaned everyday except Sunday. Some of the stalls have paddocks attached. There is wonderful turn out with irrigated pastures. Horses are fed twice a day, religiously and grain and meds are carefully administered.

Idylwild and Laura McEvoy have become part of my life and what I look forward to each week. They are all a part of my family.

Pros: Unpretentious, wonderful turnout, great people.

Cons: Stalls not cleaned on Sunday

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This is a response to the above review.

It sounds like someone needs to spend some time in therapy and work on their anger issues and slanderous mouth instead of taking it out on a family run Sonoma County business.

This is not only a vitriolic EMOTIONAL review....it is also full of untruths.....but then the reviewer is obviously far from rational.

First I will state that I have been in the horse industry for 30 years. I grew up riding hunters, eventing, competing and riding dressage. I currently have a jumper boarded at Idylwild Farms. I am United States pony Club graduate with the highest horsemanship level rating a "H-A." In my younger days I successfully managed several stables.

I am very satisfied with the care my horses receive at Idylwild Farms. It equals the care at other reputable stables at a fraction of the cost. The hay and shavings are excellent quality and the waters are cleaned and checked DAILY. They have wonderful turnout fields that are irrigated in the dry months. They have all the horses stabled there on a vaccination and worming schedule. The staff are excellent. They are quick to repair things when they are asked and they all have a good feel for the horses as well as their state of health and well being.

" All the horses were going lame from thrush because they do not use the proper bedding. Horses were dying of a bacterial skin infection that the owner said was only a fungus and to not call the vet." This is a rediculous statement.......none of this ever happened. Rice hulls or wood shavings are used and most of the stalls have rubber mats. Both of these are "proper" bedding materials and they certainly use sufficient amounts.

"There are 4 trainers in the indoor arena all at the same time yelling at the students that all range from tiny beginners to advanced riders on young hyper horses jumping really high. Then they have boarders riding in there, also. A recipe for disaster. " Four trainers in that indoor arena at the same time huh?
While I'll admit that the winter riding can be a bit hectic, as it is most stables in Santa Rosa, I have NEVER seen this scenario either.

" The owner's dog walks around growling and biting." Are you talking about Vespa?" I have known that dog for five years. She is quite possibly one of the sweetest canines I've ever had the pleasure to meet. I've haven't seen or heard about anything like that. Do you perhaps have a phobia of dogs?

"The lesson horses are ridden many times a day each whether thay are sick or lame." Does twice on some days count as many? No. They don't ride sick horses.

"The owner uses your horses for other people's lessons without your permmission or knowledge." I'm really starting to wonder about the reviewers motives here. This just doesn't go on at Idylwild Farms. She certainly has not used any of my horses without my permission or knowledge.

This review is sad, angry and very inaccurate. I think that when people leave slanderous reviews they should have to leave their full name and contact information.

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★★★★☆

This is a response to the above review.

It sounds like someone needs to spend some time in therapy and work on their anger issues and slanderous mouth instead of taking it out on a family run Sonoma County business.

This is not only a vitriolic EMOTIONAL review....it is also full of untruths.....but then the reviewer is obviously far from rational.

First I will state that I have been in the horse industry for 30 years. I grew up riding hunters, eventing, competing and riding dressage. I currently have a jumper boarded at Idylwild Farms. I am United States pony Club graduate with the highest horsemanship level rating a "H-A." In my younger days I successfully managed several stables.

I am very satisfied with the care my horses receive at Idylwild Farms. It equals the care at other reputable stables at a fraction of the cost. The hay and shavings are excellent quality and the waters are cleaned and checked DAILY. They have wonderful turnout fields that are irrigated in the dry months. They have all the horses stabled there on a vaccination and worming schedule. The staff are excellent. They are quick to repair things when they are asked and they all have a good feel for the horses as well as their state of health and well being.

" All the horses were going lame from thrush because they do not use the proper bedding. Horses were dying of a bacterial skin infection that the owner said was only a fungus and to not call the vet." This is a rediculous statement.......none of this ever happened. Rice hulls or wood shavings are used and most of the stalls have rubber mats. Both of these are "proper" bedding materials and they certainly use sufficient amounts.

"There are 4 trainers in the indoor arena all at the same time yelling at the students that all range from tiny beginners to advanced riders on young hyper horses jumping really high. Then they have boarders riding in there, also. A recipe for disaster. " Four trainers in that indoor arena at the same time huh?
While I'll admit that the winter riding can be a bit hectic, as it is most stables in Santa Rosa, I have NEVER seen this scenario either.

" The owner's dog walks around growling and biting." Are you talking about Vespa?" I have known that dog for five years. She is quite possibly one of the sweetest canines I've ever had the pleasure to meet. I've haven't seen or heard about anything like that. Do you perhaps have a phobia of dogs?

"The lesson horses are ridden many times a day each whether thay are sick or lame." Does twice on some days count as many? No. They don't ride sick horses.

"The owner uses your horses for other people's lessons without your permmission or knowledge." I'm really starting to wonder about the reviewers motives here. This just doesn't go on at Idylwild Farms. She certainly has not used any of my horses without my permission or knowledge.

This review is sad, angry and very inaccurate. I think that when people leave slanderous reviews they should have to leave their full name and contact information.

Pros: irrigated pastures, greatstaff, quaility care, A+instructors

Cons: peak riding times (4-7) pm on rainy days can be a bit hectic

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Once you are there for a bit everything changes. . The owner tells you things and then she forgets all the time. She is scattered and unorganized which makes this environment very unsafe. There are 4 trainers in the indoor arena all at the same time yelling at the students that all range from tiny beginners to advanced riders on young hyper horses jumping really high. Then they have boarders riding in there, also. A recipe for disaster. The aisle ways are lined with horses butt to butt and very very young kids running around looking for help-very scarey. The lesson horses are ridden many times a day whether thay are sick or lame. The horse camps are held in a cold, dirty, damp, stinking, room inhabited by rodents by the barn. They have to change their clothes behind an upturned table behind some boxes without a lock. They get to ride for about 1 hour then the rest is sitting in the room coloring while the underaged staff gossip and swear. When they swim in the summer in the pool at the owner's house, it is very unkempt and dangerous. None of the so-called staff has any CPR or lifeguard training. The huge Rotweiler stalks around the pool trying to bite the kids. They advertize "family friendly safe environment. They advertize "upscale barn." They are in denial. Remeber this is my opinon! Freedom of speech! If a public entity does not want a negative review, don't ask for it by asking for reviews publicly.

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★☆☆☆☆

Once you are there for a bit everything changes. . The owner tells you things and then she forgets all the time. She is scattered and unorganized which makes this environment very unsafe. There are 4 trainers in the indoor arena all at the same time yelling at the students that all range from tiny beginners to advanced riders on young hyper horses jumping really high. Then they have boarders riding in there, also. A recipe for disaster. The aisle ways are lined with horses butt to butt and very very young kids running around looking for help-very scarey. The lesson horses are ridden many times a day whether thay are sick or lame. The horse camps are held in a cold, dirty, damp, stinking, room inhabited by rodents by the barn. They have to change their clothes behind an upturned table behind some boxes without a lock. They get to ride for about 1 hour then the rest is sitting in the room coloring while the underaged staff gossip and swear. When they swim in the summer in the pool at the owner's house, it is very unkempt and dangerous. None of the so-called staff has any CPR or lifeguard training. The huge Rotweiler stalks around the pool trying to bite the kids. They advertize "family friendly safe environment. They advertize "upscale barn." They are in denial. Remeber this is my opinon! Freedom of speech! If a public entity does not want a negative review, don't ask for it by asking for reviews publicly.

 

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