Manito Equestrian Center Inc

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  • 2160 N Cedar Crest Blvd

    Allentown, PA 18104

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  • 610-433-3707

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Hello Elizabeth- I know who you are, as you have identified yourself with your reference to hazardous chemicals in the hayloft (and your name is not Elizabeth. You are an employee who was terminated by me this past Summer, and by the

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Hello Elizabeth- I know who you are, as you have identified yourself with your reference to hazardous chemicals in the hayloft (and your name is not Elizabeth. You are an employee who was terminated by me this past Summer, and by the

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PLEASE BEWARE. This facility is not well maintained, and the instructor staff there is not provided with adequate training to provide safe lessons to the public, let alone any sort of equine assisted therapy activity. Learning to ride

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PLEASE BEWARE. This facility is not well maintained, and the instructor staff there is not provided with adequate training to provide safe lessons to the public, let alone any sort of equine assisted therapy activity. Learning to ride

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As a horse professional with a lifetime of experience, 25 years in the veterinary industry, and as a certified PATH therapeutic instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental health and Learning, I recognize quality when I see it. The facility

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As a horse professional with a lifetime of experience, 25 years in the veterinary industry, and as a certified PATH therapeutic instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental health and Learning, I recognize quality when I see it. The facility

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I recently tried this barn for lessons and found the negative stories are true. The high turnover of instructors is unbelievable! They charge top dollar and you spend most of the time grooming the horse. I would rather drive a little

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I recently tried this barn for lessons and found the negative stories are true. The high turnover of instructors is unbelievable! They charge top dollar and you spend most of the time grooming the horse. I would rather drive a little

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I been riding at manito equestrian center for six years and have been boarding my horse there now for a couple of months. I boarded at several different places that have been nice but did not have the facilities that manito has. Manito has

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I been riding at manito equestrian center for six years and have been boarding my horse there now for a couple of months. I boarded at several different places that have been nice but did not have the facilities that manito has. Manito has

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Diane, we are obviously living in an age where people can be hurt through the internet and I find this sad, uncivilized and disgraceful. I wish that I could spend my time differently today, but I will respond to your postings, as I feel

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Diane, we are obviously living in an age where people can be hurt through the internet and I find this sad, uncivilized and disgraceful. I wish that I could spend my time differently today, but I will respond to your postings, as I feel

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I am the person "Bobbi N" is talking about. \r
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The rave reviews of Manito seem to come from people who had experiences from many years ago or are friends not

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I am the person "Bobbi N" is talking about. \r
I do not know a "Bobbi N"\r
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The rave reviews of Manito seem to come from people who had experiences from many years ago or are friends not

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I am familiar with the person who wrote the negative review- she was asked to leave the farm after creating chaos and drama on a daily basis. One of the days she complained most vocally was when she arrived at the farm after a hurricane

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I am familiar with the person who wrote the negative review- she was asked to leave the farm after creating chaos and drama on a daily basis. One of the days she complained most vocally was when she arrived at the farm after a hurricane

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I have known Lisa for fifteen years, both personally and professionally. She runs a top-notch business and is one of the most solid individuals I have known. I have been at several farms and know what some horse people are like. She is

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I have known Lisa for fifteen years, both personally and professionally. She runs a top-notch business and is one of the most solid individuals I have known. I have been at several farms and know what some horse people are like. She is

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If you're looking for a stable to take lessons, look elsewhere. In the last year there has been 9 riding instructors. The stable owner is very up and down with her personality, one day she is so nice... next day she is so paranoid and

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If you're looking for a stable to take lessons, look elsewhere. In the last year there has been 9 riding instructors. The stable owner is very up and down with her personality, one day she is so nice... next day she is so paranoid and

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Some of my best memories come from this amazing barn. I had the privilege of attending Manito's summer camp program when I was younger, which led to lessons and an apprenticeship. I would recommend this barn to anyone who has a passion

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Some of my best memories come from this amazing barn. I had the privilege of attending Manito's summer camp program when I was younger, which led to lessons and an apprenticeship. I would recommend this barn to anyone who has a passion

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My daughter also rides at Manito, and we are extremely happy. We have actually enjoyed the various perspectives offered by the teachers at Manito and see this as a positive. My daughter has been able to pick up new techniques that were

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My daughter also rides at Manito, and we are extremely happy. We have actually enjoyed the various perspectives offered by the teachers at Manito and see this as a positive. My daughter has been able to pick up new techniques that were

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As others have mentioned, facility seems to have untapped potential and is in a good location. However the barn seems to have trouble keeping good riding instructors and new personnel are constantly coming and going. It made it hard on my

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As others have mentioned, facility seems to have untapped potential and is in a good location. However the barn seems to have trouble keeping good riding instructors and new personnel are constantly coming and going. It made it hard on my

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If you have been in the horse business, you will appreciate the efforts of this owner. We are the only ones who get it. Most of us have been unable to do what she has done. Those who are not barn owners, or those with personal agendas-

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If you have been in the horse business, you will appreciate the efforts of this owner. We are the only ones who get it. Most of us have been unable to do what she has done. Those who are not barn owners, or those with personal agendas-

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My daughter rides at Manito and, although our current experience is decent, I feel that the barn has much untapped potential. The current instructor is excellent, however I fear Manito's terrible ability to retain employees. It seems like

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My daughter rides at Manito and, although our current experience is decent, I feel that the barn has much untapped potential. The current instructor is excellent, however I fear Manito's terrible ability to retain employees. It seems like

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I cannot in good conscience recommend a so called professional boarding and lesson facility that uses a 35+ year old underweight mare in their lesson program. I understand that times are difficult, but employing the use of a horse that

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I cannot in good conscience recommend a so called professional boarding and lesson facility that uses a 35+ year old underweight mare in their lesson program. I understand that times are difficult, but employing the use of a horse that

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1 star... because the horses are fantastic..
the owner... not so much.
She has to be bi-polar, it's very unfortunate that the place is run the way it is. For years now it seems they've had such a high turnover rate with instructors,

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1 star... because the horses are fantastic..
the owner... not so much.
She has to be bi-polar, it's very unfortunate that the place is run the way it is. For years now it seems they've had such a high turnover rate with instructors,

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Manito is a great barn! My daughter takes lessons there now and she is doing great and loves the barn, the horses and her instructor. It is one of the best places to happen to my family. My daughter has been very shy and since she

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Manito is a great barn! My daughter takes lessons there now and she is doing great and loves the barn, the horses and her instructor. It is one of the best places to happen to my family. My daughter has been very shy and since she

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I usually do not comment on these things, but felt the need to after reading the previous user's inaccurate review.

My child rode in Manito's last horse show which was a small fun schooling show for the students. She, and the rest of the children who showed, had a wonderful time. I resent the implication made by the previous user that the show was a "dance recital" because some of the children where on leadline (in a leadline class, no less -- imagine that). My daughter has been riding for three years at Manito and was one of the students on the leadline at the trot. She has both mental and physical impairements that prevented her from steering the horse on her own at the trot but she has improved by leaps and bounds at Manito and absolutely loved the horse show. It was not a "mere presentation" for her and the other students who participated.

The Manito instructors are VERY knowledgeable and I have never been to a barn that emphasizes safety more than Manito does. The horses are kind and dependable. Students are never overmatched by their horse. One of the lesson horses did spook and run during a lesson which resulted in the girl falling off, but she is already back in lessons on the same horse. If you a true horse person then you know that no horse is 100% bombproof 100% of the time.

Manito has a unique family atmosphere that you can't find at barns nowadays. My daughter will continue her lessons at Manito well into the future.

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I usually do not comment on these things, but felt the need to after reading the previous user's inaccurate review.

My child rode in Manito's last horse show which was a small fun schooling show for the students. She, and the rest of the children who showed, had a wonderful time. I resent the implication made by the previous user that the show was a "dance recital" because some of the children where on leadline (in a leadline class, no less -- imagine that). My daughter has been riding for three years at Manito and was one of the students on the leadline at the trot. She has both mental and physical impairements that prevented her from steering the horse on her own at the trot but she has improved by leaps and bounds at Manito and absolutely loved the horse show. It was not a "mere presentation" for her and the other students who participated.

The Manito instructors are VERY knowledgeable and I have never been to a barn that emphasizes safety more than Manito does. The horses are kind and dependable. Students are never overmatched by their horse. One of the lesson horses did spook and run during a lesson which resulted in the girl falling off, but she is already back in lessons on the same horse. If you a true horse person then you know that no horse is 100% bombproof 100% of the time.

Manito has a unique family atmosphere that you can't find at barns nowadays. My daughter will continue her lessons at Manito well into the future.

Pros: safety, kind horses, great instructors and staff

Cons: none come to mind

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I only allowed my daughter to take two lessons before the lack of knowledge on behalf of Manito's instructors sent up red flags. Friends had recommeded Manito even though an instruction horse had laid down and rolled on their child. On other occasion another galloped out of control with him in the ring.

I attended one of Manito's "horse shows". It was a mere presentation...much like a dance recital. What made the greatest impact upon me was that after two years of instruction students still couldn't stear their own mounts and had to be led around the ring like on a pony ride.

I cancelled my daughter's next lesson and went to Dreamfield Manor in Coopersburg and found the lessons to be $20/lesson less because they don't charge you for the 1/2 hour to brush and clean the horse like Manito does.

I was also disgusted with the muddy INDOOR ring on a rainy day. The footing was nonexistant. The grounds also had an overwhelming urine smell on damp days.

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I only allowed my daughter to take two lessons before the lack of knowledge on behalf of Manito's instructors sent up red flags. Friends had recommeded Manito even though an instruction horse had laid down and rolled on their child. On other occasion another galloped out of control with him in the ring.

I attended one of Manito's "horse shows". It was a mere presentation...much like a dance recital. What made the greatest impact upon me was that after two years of instruction students still couldn't stear their own mounts and had to be led around the ring like on a pony ride.

I cancelled my daughter's next lesson and went to Dreamfield Manor in Coopersburg and found the lessons to be $20/lesson less because they don't charge you for the 1/2 hour to brush and clean the horse like Manito does.

I was also disgusted with the muddy INDOOR ring on a rainy day. The footing was nonexistant. The grounds also had an overwhelming urine smell on damp days.

Pros: Nice property

Cons: Inept instructors, dangerous instruction horses

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As both an equine professional and someone with a long-standing relationship with Manito, I feel I have some responsibility to throw in my two cents regarding the recent allegations against Manito and it's owner.

Manito has always opened it??s doors to horses who were otherwise unwanted or discarded. Many of Manito's horses both past and present have been rescue cases, and over the past 15 years I have watched Lisa take in a rehabilitate many horses. In doing so, she has not only saved the lives of those horses, but she has inspired compassion and a love for helping animals in so many individuals.
I can remember horses like Bonnie, and older mare who came to Manito emaciated and covered in mold, who under Lisa??s care went on to enjoy a healthy and happy last few years of life. I can remember Carmella and Jiminy, both so skinny, who came from a home where they were denied proper veterinary and foot care and were locked away and neglected. Because of Lisa??s kind heart, Carmella went on to become a beautiful horse, and Jiminy was given a comfortable and loving ending to an otherwise painful and lonely life.
These horses, as well as every other horse that has found a home at Manito, have always received the proper nutritional, rehabilitative, and veterinary care. Lisa has a good relationship with many local rescue organizations, and her reputation in the horse industry is one of compassion and caring.

While I do not know the specifics surrounding Eagle??s death, I do know Manito??s veterinarian quite well, both as a client, and as someone who has attended his lectures and demonstrations while working on my bachelor??s. Dr. Hacken has been a well respected equine vet for years, and I believe that Lisa did what any other horse owner would do- she took the advice of her veterinarian.
Tubing a horse who has choked is not the right course of action for every horse, and in this case, Dr. Hacken felt that it wasn??t the right treatment for Eagle. Lisa based her decisions for Eagle??s care on what her vet recommended, as she has done with all of her horses.
Eagle was given a comfortable end to his life, and in the time I spent time with him in the week leading up to his death, I never saw signs of pain or distress(normal respiration and heart rate, appetite, normal and comfortable body language). Eagle spent his last days grazing with his best friend.

The sad thing about these false allegations of improper care is that they come from a place of ignorance, and they are aimed specifically at hurting Lisa. Sadly, they also hurt the reputation of a farm that has a long-standing history of kind and responsible horse care. I hope that Manito and Lisa??s legacy of compassion and love is not overshadowed by these hurtful lies.

-Devin Afflerbach

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As both an equine professional and someone with a long-standing relationship with Manito, I feel I have some responsibility to throw in my two cents regarding the recent allegations against Manito and it's owner.

Manito has always opened it??s doors to horses who were otherwise unwanted or discarded. Many of Manito's horses both past and present have been rescue cases, and over the past 15 years I have watched Lisa take in a rehabilitate many horses. In doing so, she has not only saved the lives of those horses, but she has inspired compassion and a love for helping animals in so many individuals.
I can remember horses like Bonnie, and older mare who came to Manito emaciated and covered in mold, who under Lisa??s care went on to enjoy a healthy and happy last few years of life. I can remember Carmella and Jiminy, both so skinny, who came from a home where they were denied proper veterinary and foot care and were locked away and neglected. Because of Lisa??s kind heart, Carmella went on to become a beautiful horse, and Jiminy was given a comfortable and loving ending to an otherwise painful and lonely life.
These horses, as well as every other horse that has found a home at Manito, have always received the proper nutritional, rehabilitative, and veterinary care. Lisa has a good relationship with many local rescue organizations, and her reputation in the horse industry is one of compassion and caring.

While I do not know the specifics surrounding Eagle??s death, I do know Manito??s veterinarian quite well, both as a client, and as someone who has attended his lectures and demonstrations while working on my bachelor??s. Dr. Hacken has been a well respected equine vet for years, and I believe that Lisa did what any other horse owner would do- she took the advice of her veterinarian.
Tubing a horse who has choked is not the right course of action for every horse, and in this case, Dr. Hacken felt that it wasn??t the right treatment for Eagle. Lisa based her decisions for Eagle??s care on what her vet recommended, as she has done with all of her horses.
Eagle was given a comfortable end to his life, and in the time I spent time with him in the week leading up to his death, I never saw signs of pain or distress(normal respiration and heart rate, appetite, normal and comfortable body language). Eagle spent his last days grazing with his best friend.

The sad thing about these false allegations of improper care is that they come from a place of ignorance, and they are aimed specifically at hurting Lisa. Sadly, they also hurt the reputation of a farm that has a long-standing history of kind and responsible horse care. I hope that Manito and Lisa??s legacy of compassion and love is not overshadowed by these hurtful lies.

-Devin Afflerbach

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Again, not that anyone should be concerned about these details, but Roy covered Eagle with a cooler-blanket so that any children entering the premises would not be further traumatized by our loss. Eagle was removed well in advance of any children's arrival at the farm. At no time was "viewing of the body" any part of my program and, once again, "loveshorses08" has misrepresented the facts quite blatantly.
The young men who attended our program that evening are not "mentally handicapped" and "loveshorses08" might again consider the offensiveness of her words.
The model of car I drive and my ownership of a hot tub are really no one's concern and are not related to the death of this 24 year old horse or the care of my animals.
We are constantly inundated by phone calls, with many requests for us to take donations of animals, including those from veterinarians and horse professionals who are aware of the care we give. We have earned a reputation for our good stewardship and compassion for all of our animals.
"lovehorses08", there is a reason you have been banned from my barn. Get over it and learn from it. You should not be around children. Honest introspection might serve you better than your unfortunate need to cause harm and destruction. Get the help you need. There is nothing funny or amusing about your actions and words.
It would have been very nice if I could have had at least a few days to deal with my grief and loss of a beloved animal, instead of needing to respond to such warped and sick nonsense.
"lovehorses08", before you make any more negative comments on the mental health of others, please look up the word "projection". Your fascination with my life and with your fabrications is really not healthy.
To all of you who have called about Eagle, offering your sympathy and kind words, we thank you. We will miss him tremendously. Lisa Schadt

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Again, not that anyone should be concerned about these details, but Roy covered Eagle with a cooler-blanket so that any children entering the premises would not be further traumatized by our loss. Eagle was removed well in advance of any children's arrival at the farm. At no time was "viewing of the body" any part of my program and, once again, "loveshorses08" has misrepresented the facts quite blatantly.
The young men who attended our program that evening are not "mentally handicapped" and "loveshorses08" might again consider the offensiveness of her words.
The model of car I drive and my ownership of a hot tub are really no one's concern and are not related to the death of this 24 year old horse or the care of my animals.
We are constantly inundated by phone calls, with many requests for us to take donations of animals, including those from veterinarians and horse professionals who are aware of the care we give. We have earned a reputation for our good stewardship and compassion for all of our animals.
"lovehorses08", there is a reason you have been banned from my barn. Get over it and learn from it. You should not be around children. Honest introspection might serve you better than your unfortunate need to cause harm and destruction. Get the help you need. There is nothing funny or amusing about your actions and words.
It would have been very nice if I could have had at least a few days to deal with my grief and loss of a beloved animal, instead of needing to respond to such warped and sick nonsense.
"lovehorses08", before you make any more negative comments on the mental health of others, please look up the word "projection". Your fascination with my life and with your fabrications is really not healthy.
To all of you who have called about Eagle, offering your sympathy and kind words, we thank you. We will miss him tremendously. Lisa Schadt

Pros: great horse, good life

Cons: ex-employee needs a life

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Although this is not the venue for business owners to comment, I must respond to "lovehorses08". I am unable to understand such obvious hate and vileness in another human being. The problem with sites such as this is that misinformation and slanderous, hurtful material can be widely distributed. In this particular case, the death of my horse Eagle and the circumstances surrounding his death have been grossly misrepresented. If you are interested in the true story, please read my review and entry.

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Although this is not the venue for business owners to comment, I must respond to "lovehorses08". I am unable to understand such obvious hate and vileness in another human being. The problem with sites such as this is that misinformation and slanderous, hurtful material can be widely distributed. In this particular case, the death of my horse Eagle and the circumstances surrounding his death have been grossly misrepresented. If you are interested in the true story, please read my review and entry.

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Manito is a charming historic equine facility with the conveniences of a modern indoor arena, lighted outdoor arena, peaceful trail riding, hot and cold water wash stall, secure tack room, trailer parking, club house and even proper restrooms. More importantly, horses (lesson and boarders) are well cared for and enjoy large managed pastures with plenty of fresh water and good grain and hay. Owner lives on property and is very reasonable and kind. Property is huge and there is plenty of room for picnicng and enjoying nature within the city limits.

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Manito is a charming historic equine facility with the conveniences of a modern indoor arena, lighted outdoor arena, peaceful trail riding, hot and cold water wash stall, secure tack room, trailer parking, club house and even proper restrooms. More importantly, horses (lesson and boarders) are well cared for and enjoy large managed pastures with plenty of fresh water and good grain and hay. Owner lives on property and is very reasonable and kind. Property is huge and there is plenty of room for picnicng and enjoying nature within the city limits.

Pros: Family Atmosphere

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I am aware that a disgruntled ex-employee is spreading false rumors related to the death of my horse, Eagle and I must respond. I feel that these matters should be private ones, but "lovehorses08" has crossed all boundaries of propriety and decency with an all-time low.
Eagle was, indeed, an amazing horse, and I owned him for 15 years. He was very much valued and loved. Eagle went blind a number of years ago and I made the decision to give him the best life possible for the remainder of his years. He lived a happy, contented life in the constant company of his best friend, Tucker and my devoted staff. Eagle lived to be 24. A few weeks ago, he began to lose his appetite and he subsequently choked. It was discovered that he had an infection and it is likely that the infection is what took his life and that the choke was secondary. Our veterinarian was consulted regarding each and every move for Eagle and we followed his suggested protocol and
treatment. We chose to not "scope" Eagle this time due to the involved medical risk for this particular horse. Eagle had also choked a few times in the past and he
was always provided with appropriate medical care.
On the morning of June 3, my manager Roy contacted me and I rushed to the barn immediately. Eagle was dying and the veterinarian was on his way. I held Eagle in my arms attempting to calm him while awaiting the veterinarian, who would clearly be euthanizing Eagle upon his arrival. Eagle died before the veterinarian arrived. At no time was I "massaging the horse back to life" and such a statement is very offensive to me. It is also my right and my staff's right to use whatever ritual or ceremony helps us to deal with death, grief and loss, and at Manito, we have historically buried the horse's halter in the open position. If I wish to cut a token piece of mane for myself and for the other people who loved Eagle, that is also my right. If my ex-employee has a problem with that, I suggest that she focus more attention on herself and find constructive outlets for her time. (to be continued)

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I am aware that a disgruntled ex-employee is spreading false rumors related to the death of my horse, Eagle and I must respond. I feel that these matters should be private ones, but "lovehorses08" has crossed all boundaries of propriety and decency with an all-time low.
Eagle was, indeed, an amazing horse, and I owned him for 15 years. He was very much valued and loved. Eagle went blind a number of years ago and I made the decision to give him the best life possible for the remainder of his years. He lived a happy, contented life in the constant company of his best friend, Tucker and my devoted staff. Eagle lived to be 24. A few weeks ago, he began to lose his appetite and he subsequently choked. It was discovered that he had an infection and it is likely that the infection is what took his life and that the choke was secondary. Our veterinarian was consulted regarding each and every move for Eagle and we followed his suggested protocol and
treatment. We chose to not "scope" Eagle this time due to the involved medical risk for this particular horse. Eagle had also choked a few times in the past and he
was always provided with appropriate medical care.
On the morning of June 3, my manager Roy contacted me and I rushed to the barn immediately. Eagle was dying and the veterinarian was on his way. I held Eagle in my arms attempting to calm him while awaiting the veterinarian, who would clearly be euthanizing Eagle upon his arrival. Eagle died before the veterinarian arrived. At no time was I "massaging the horse back to life" and such a statement is very offensive to me. It is also my right and my staff's right to use whatever ritual or ceremony helps us to deal with death, grief and loss, and at Manito, we have historically buried the horse's halter in the open position. If I wish to cut a token piece of mane for myself and for the other people who loved Eagle, that is also my right. If my ex-employee has a problem with that, I suggest that she focus more attention on herself and find constructive outlets for her time. (to be continued)

Pros: great place

Cons: ex-employee needs to find a life

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I am saddened to see that someone would use the death of our beloved Eagle to promote their own perverted and negative agenda. It's time for a reality check...without the love of Lisa Schadt...the center's owner...Eagle most likely would have gone the way of most horses when they are no longer productive...destroyed. Instead...he was given the opportunity to live out his "senior years" in a peaceful and serene setting...nurtured and loved by all of Manito's staff...including Lisa. In the process..this courageous old fella touched the hearts of many a passer by...including mine. Apparently also the heart of the author of the recent review that falsely described his demise. How tragic that instead of "honoring" Eagle's life...the author chose to dishonor him by attempting to smear his owner. I don't know the specifics of how Eagle passed...any more than the person that wrote the shameful and untrue account of how he died. My main reason for writing this review is to commend Lisa Schadt for giving Eagle several additional years of a wonderful life and to honor his Spirit!

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I am saddened to see that someone would use the death of our beloved Eagle to promote their own perverted and negative agenda. It's time for a reality check...without the love of Lisa Schadt...the center's owner...Eagle most likely would have gone the way of most horses when they are no longer productive...destroyed. Instead...he was given the opportunity to live out his "senior years" in a peaceful and serene setting...nurtured and loved by all of Manito's staff...including Lisa. In the process..this courageous old fella touched the hearts of many a passer by...including mine. Apparently also the heart of the author of the recent review that falsely described his demise. How tragic that instead of "honoring" Eagle's life...the author chose to dishonor him by attempting to smear his owner. I don't know the specifics of how Eagle passed...any more than the person that wrote the shameful and untrue account of how he died. My main reason for writing this review is to commend Lisa Schadt for giving Eagle several additional years of a wonderful life and to honor his Spirit!

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I went to the barn on a weekend and found out a heartbrakeing fact...eagle passed away but some of you are taking this thig a bit too far!!! first of all I HIGHLY doubt one of u were there to see eagle go and be buried and stuff i wasn't there either but i heard from someone who was there!!! So some of you really need to stop making up your own little stories from either being jealous or just wanting attention!! because really it is pathetic!! eagle lived a long happy life and is in a better place!! and second you all need to stop putting down lisa!! she does sooo much to keep the barn alive so really this is just a tip for some of u to get a life and stop writing this junk!!!!!!!! *cough *cough "lovehorses08"

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I went to the barn on a weekend and found out a heartbrakeing fact...eagle passed away but some of you are taking this thig a bit too far!!! first of all I HIGHLY doubt one of u were there to see eagle go and be buried and stuff i wasn't there either but i heard from someone who was there!!! So some of you really need to stop making up your own little stories from either being jealous or just wanting attention!! because really it is pathetic!! eagle lived a long happy life and is in a better place!! and second you all need to stop putting down lisa!! she does sooo much to keep the barn alive so really this is just a tip for some of u to get a life and stop writing this junk!!!!!!!! *cough *cough "lovehorses08"

Pros: eagle and staff

Cons: jealous ex-employess need a life!!!

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Pros: great looking farm

Cons: the owner, the prices, the drama

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I must give my opinion on Lisa Schadt and Manito. When my daughter was 12, about 14 years ago, we discovered this wonderful place. It literally changed our lives for the better. As soon as we entered the property for the first time, we both felt a soothing sense of calm and peace - something we both really needed. A bitter custody battle had left us emotionally battered and I needed to find my daughter a safe and positive activity to help her heal and Manito provided that. Lisa and everyone ever associated with this place were always very helpful and caring and from what I have observed, that has never changed after all these years. If you are looking for an excellant experience for your children, this is the place to send them. Sign up for a few lessons or the summer camp and see for yourself. If a student is willing to follow the rules, (which are there for the safety of the people and the animals), show respect for others and the horses, and put some effort into the experience, you will benefit. I trusted Lisa 14 years ago with my youngest child, and I will trust her again as soon as my grandchildren are old enough to sit in a saddle. She is a wonderful role model, a positive thinking business woman and to deny your children this experience would be a shame. There is so much more to this place than horses.

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★★★★★

I must give my opinion on Lisa Schadt and Manito. When my daughter was 12, about 14 years ago, we discovered this wonderful place. It literally changed our lives for the better. As soon as we entered the property for the first time, we both felt a soothing sense of calm and peace - something we both really needed. A bitter custody battle had left us emotionally battered and I needed to find my daughter a safe and positive activity to help her heal and Manito provided that. Lisa and everyone ever associated with this place were always very helpful and caring and from what I have observed, that has never changed after all these years. If you are looking for an excellant experience for your children, this is the place to send them. Sign up for a few lessons or the summer camp and see for yourself. If a student is willing to follow the rules, (which are there for the safety of the people and the animals), show respect for others and the horses, and put some effort into the experience, you will benefit. I trusted Lisa 14 years ago with my youngest child, and I will trust her again as soon as my grandchildren are old enough to sit in a saddle. She is a wonderful role model, a positive thinking business woman and to deny your children this experience would be a shame. There is so much more to this place than horses.

Pros: Positive learning experience

Cons: Not one thing!

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My daughter rode at Manito during her childhood and would have moved into one of the stalls if we would have allowed her to! She gained many life skills and a good work ethic through volunteer work at this farm. Some of her best friendships in life were formed at this beautiful place and she has precious memories that will be part of her forever. The owner has worked very hard to provide wholesome quality programs for children and our community is very fortunate to have this preserved farm for our children and for future generations. When I have grandchildren, I hope they will live close enough to experience the same wonderful experience at Manito. Highest praises to their efforts and good results!

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★★★★★

My daughter rode at Manito during her childhood and would have moved into one of the stalls if we would have allowed her to! She gained many life skills and a good work ethic through volunteer work at this farm. Some of her best friendships in life were formed at this beautiful place and she has precious memories that will be part of her forever. The owner has worked very hard to provide wholesome quality programs for children and our community is very fortunate to have this preserved farm for our children and for future generations. When I have grandchildren, I hope they will live close enough to experience the same wonderful experience at Manito. Highest praises to their efforts and good results!

Pros: wholesome, safe place for kids

Cons: none come to mind

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I have lived in various places throughout the U.S. and have ridden extensively most of my life. This place is amazing. I have gotten to know the staff and owner very well over the last years. The manager and owner are genuine, caring people who work hard to maintain the peace, tranquility and beautiful setting that make the place so special. I appreciate their diligence in keeping the horses healthy and happy and in keeping this beautiful haven a place of peace. If you're looking for drama, you won't be happy here. It's not that kind of place and they work hard to keep it that way. Although I have ridden for many years, I always learn something new in my lessons and truly have no complaints. Highest praises, jobs well done! Wish there were more places like this as when I travel there is nothing that compares.

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★★★★★

I have lived in various places throughout the U.S. and have ridden extensively most of my life. This place is amazing. I have gotten to know the staff and owner very well over the last years. The manager and owner are genuine, caring people who work hard to maintain the peace, tranquility and beautiful setting that make the place so special. I appreciate their diligence in keeping the horses healthy and happy and in keeping this beautiful haven a place of peace. If you're looking for drama, you won't be happy here. It's not that kind of place and they work hard to keep it that way. Although I have ridden for many years, I always learn something new in my lessons and truly have no complaints. Highest praises, jobs well done! Wish there were more places like this as when I travel there is nothing that compares.

Pros: friendly staff, nice horses, beautiful setting

Cons: can't think of any

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This is place is definitely not a place to go to!! First off, the owner, Lisa, is never on property and when she is she is always freaking out about something. She seems like a very paranoid lady that doesn't trust anybody. The barn manager, Roy, is friendly but is very two faced. He is constantly talking badly about people behind their backs and making fun of people. Everytime I am on property, and I've been there for a few years, he is only knocking on the owner - talking about how miserable and crazy she is, saying about how she shouldn't be in the business, etc.. He calls her a whack job almost all the time. I have also seen 16 year old kids driving around on the farm machinery, completely out of control, while the mananger tells everyone not to tell Lisa because them driving is against the farm rules. The riding instructor, Erin, is also very horrible. She talks and talks to the parents during the lessons and barely teaches the rider. She doesn't care about advancing their riding and it seems like the owner is only in it for the money.
This barn will not get you anywhere in your riding. Not only do they go through instructors like water but the horses are lame, crazy, or so obese they can barely move. For the sky-rocket prices that the owner charges, this barn should be much better. If you are okay with diddle-daddling around, go for this barn but if you are serious about learning and wanting to get anywhere - do not touch this farm with a ten foot pole!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

This is place is definitely not a place to go to!! First off, the owner, Lisa, is never on property and when she is she is always freaking out about something. She seems like a very paranoid lady that doesn't trust anybody. The barn manager, Roy, is friendly but is very two faced. He is constantly talking badly about people behind their backs and making fun of people. Everytime I am on property, and I've been there for a few years, he is only knocking on the owner - talking about how miserable and crazy she is, saying about how she shouldn't be in the business, etc.. He calls her a whack job almost all the time. I have also seen 16 year old kids driving around on the farm machinery, completely out of control, while the mananger tells everyone not to tell Lisa because them driving is against the farm rules. The riding instructor, Erin, is also very horrible. She talks and talks to the parents during the lessons and barely teaches the rider. She doesn't care about advancing their riding and it seems like the owner is only in it for the money.
This barn will not get you anywhere in your riding. Not only do they go through instructors like water but the horses are lame, crazy, or so obese they can barely move. For the sky-rocket prices that the owner charges, this barn should be much better. If you are okay with diddle-daddling around, go for this barn but if you are serious about learning and wanting to get anywhere - do not touch this farm with a ten foot pole!!!

Pros: Nice scenery

Cons: Horrible owner, manager, and instructor

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If you are looking for peace and tranquility in a beautiful setting, this is the place to be. I have been a horse person for most of my life, have been through the show circuits, have seen it all. At the end of the day, the things that matter are what this place is all about. The horses are well cared for and have been given a great home for the remainder of their lives. The children have smiles on their faces and are taught in a safe, comfortable environment. The owner and her staff work diligently to keep it that way, and in this business it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance. The owner apparently put her farm into the green movement instead of living the easy life from selling her farm for the bucks. I know horses and I know horse people and this place is a charming, once in a lifetime find. I don't know how they've survived in this incredibly crazy business. God bless them.

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★★★★★

If you are looking for peace and tranquility in a beautiful setting, this is the place to be. I have been a horse person for most of my life, have been through the show circuits, have seen it all. At the end of the day, the things that matter are what this place is all about. The horses are well cared for and have been given a great home for the remainder of their lives. The children have smiles on their faces and are taught in a safe, comfortable environment. The owner and her staff work diligently to keep it that way, and in this business it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance. The owner apparently put her farm into the green movement instead of living the easy life from selling her farm for the bucks. I know horses and I know horse people and this place is a charming, once in a lifetime find. I don't know how they've survived in this incredibly crazy business. God bless them.

Pros: charming, idyllic

Cons: a sheep amongst the wolves

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My daughter and I rode at this beautiful farm for eight years. It is because of this farm that my daughter learned respect of animals, resonsibility, compassion and good riding skills. Over time, we got to know the owner very well- she was (and is) an excellent role model for my daughter and for many of the other children who ride at Manito. At Manito, their actions match up to their words. The animals are very well cared for, loved and respected. The owner's compassion and dedication is what led my daughter to enter veterinary school. I would not trade this part of my daughter's childhood for anything. Our community is lucky to have a haven and oasis such as this. Highest kudos.

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★★★★★

My daughter and I rode at this beautiful farm for eight years. It is because of this farm that my daughter learned respect of animals, resonsibility, compassion and good riding skills. Over time, we got to know the owner very well- she was (and is) an excellent role model for my daughter and for many of the other children who ride at Manito. At Manito, their actions match up to their words. The animals are very well cared for, loved and respected. The owner's compassion and dedication is what led my daughter to enter veterinary school. I would not trade this part of my daughter's childhood for anything. Our community is lucky to have a haven and oasis such as this. Highest kudos.

Pros: beautiful setting, dedicated/professional owner and staff

Cons: we need more places like this

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I have been riding at Manito for eleven years and feel that Manito was very instrumental in developing way more than my riding abilities. What makes this barn different is the family atmosphere, their integrity, honesty and interest in their students. I started out as a volunteer and eventually joined their staff. This helped me form character, a work ethic and an understanding of the amount of care necessary to keep the horses happy, healthy and content. The owner always treated me well and she seems to have a strong interest in helping the community. I have been to a number of barns in my life, and this is one place where the owner and staff work as an efficient team and the mutual respect is evident each and every day. The horse business is difficult and full of many unsavory characters. I have the greatest respect for the amount of time Manito's owner puts into screening potential employeesand weeding out those who are inappropriately matched for a children's program. Yeah, it makes some people mad, especially those who have been dumped for poor behavior. This is the most peaceful, tranquil barn I have been to and I know how much work is involved in keeping it that way. Highest praises! When I have children of my own, this is the only place they will ride.

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★★★★★

I have been riding at Manito for eleven years and feel that Manito was very instrumental in developing way more than my riding abilities. What makes this barn different is the family atmosphere, their integrity, honesty and interest in their students. I started out as a volunteer and eventually joined their staff. This helped me form character, a work ethic and an understanding of the amount of care necessary to keep the horses happy, healthy and content. The owner always treated me well and she seems to have a strong interest in helping the community. I have been to a number of barns in my life, and this is one place where the owner and staff work as an efficient team and the mutual respect is evident each and every day. The horse business is difficult and full of many unsavory characters. I have the greatest respect for the amount of time Manito's owner puts into screening potential employeesand weeding out those who are inappropriately matched for a children's program. Yeah, it makes some people mad, especially those who have been dumped for poor behavior. This is the most peaceful, tranquil barn I have been to and I know how much work is involved in keeping it that way. Highest praises! When I have children of my own, this is the only place they will ride.

Pros: peaceful, high integrity, worth the money

Cons: wish they would host more open (public) shows there

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As a former instructor at this farm, I do not suggest the farm to anyone. In my short time there they was always a difficulty in keeping instructors. The owner was never on the farm and was usually difficult to reach. Although the horses were well maintained and were at a range of abilities, I found it difficult to allow students to reach their full potential. The owner seemed more concerned about making sure she got paid than allowing the students to grow and be acitve riders. I never felt comfortable around her and became increasingly uneasy when she fired someone in front of me. I would on suggest this farm to someone who want to ride for pleasure, but not for someone that wants to become competitive and a serious hobby.

1
★★☆☆☆

As a former instructor at this farm, I do not suggest the farm to anyone. In my short time there they was always a difficulty in keeping instructors. The owner was never on the farm and was usually difficult to reach. Although the horses were well maintained and were at a range of abilities, I found it difficult to allow students to reach their full potential. The owner seemed more concerned about making sure she got paid than allowing the students to grow and be acitve riders. I never felt comfortable around her and became increasingly uneasy when she fired someone in front of me. I would on suggest this farm to someone who want to ride for pleasure, but not for someone that wants to become competitive and a serious hobby.

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Manito Equestrian center is like my home. I have been riding there for at least 10 years and I have started to voulunteer about 2 years ago. I am very disappointed in the review from loveshorses08. Every single horse at Manito has had a wonderful life ever since Lisa brought them to manito. all are well cared for. These horses have been given a second chance, a chance not all horses receive. Eagle was loved by everyone and it was sad to see him go. And if you loved Eagle, than why make up such horrid lies. These lies hurt everyone.
May I also say, thebarn manager roy, is the best barn manager you will find. He has worked so hard to keep manito a beautiful place. Thank you Roy.
Manito has taught me so much and for someone to be so uncivilized, to lie about this wonderful place, its hurts everyone.

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★★★★★

Manito Equestrian center is like my home. I have been riding there for at least 10 years and I have started to voulunteer about 2 years ago. I am very disappointed in the review from loveshorses08. Every single horse at Manito has had a wonderful life ever since Lisa brought them to manito. all are well cared for. These horses have been given a second chance, a chance not all horses receive. Eagle was loved by everyone and it was sad to see him go. And if you loved Eagle, than why make up such horrid lies. These lies hurt everyone.
May I also say, thebarn manager roy, is the best barn manager you will find. He has worked so hard to keep manito a beautiful place. Thank you Roy.
Manito has taught me so much and for someone to be so uncivilized, to lie about this wonderful place, its hurts everyone.

Pros: wonderful barn manager, great horses, beautiful property,

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Manito is a nice place that has good horses and a nice facility. The arenas there are nice and big but don't get raked often enough and the outdoor has way too many rocks and has hard footing 96% of the time. The horses are cared for, stalls are nice and the water is always clean, all of the horses seem really happy. Nice riding instructor and knows how to bring the kids along in their riding skills. My daughters riding has advanced greatly since she started riding there. The barn is also getting out there more and getting noticed by going to horse shows which is a great experience for the kids. The prices are a bit high though but prices are going up everywhere and you have to make ends meet.

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★★☆☆☆

Manito is a nice place that has good horses and a nice facility. The arenas there are nice and big but don't get raked often enough and the outdoor has way too many rocks and has hard footing 96% of the time. The horses are cared for, stalls are nice and the water is always clean, all of the horses seem really happy. Nice riding instructor and knows how to bring the kids along in their riding skills. My daughters riding has advanced greatly since she started riding there. The barn is also getting out there more and getting noticed by going to horse shows which is a great experience for the kids. The prices are a bit high though but prices are going up everywhere and you have to make ends meet.

Pros: Nice horses

Cons: Bad arenas

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I've been riding at Manito for several years. Instructors are all courteous, knowledgable, professional and helpful. The grounds are gorgeous and immaculately maintained. Safety and ecology are number one priorities for owner. Horses are cared for lovingly and have a wonderful home. I have progressed considerably as a rider since beginning lessons at Manito and became captain of the equestrian team at my school. Experience with many different horses has broadened my equestrian skills and helped me become more versatile and competitive. I highly recommend Manito!!! AAA+++

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★★★★★

I've been riding at Manito for several years. Instructors are all courteous, knowledgable, professional and helpful. The grounds are gorgeous and immaculately maintained. Safety and ecology are number one priorities for owner. Horses are cared for lovingly and have a wonderful home. I have progressed considerably as a rider since beginning lessons at Manito and became captain of the equestrian team at my school. Experience with many different horses has broadened my equestrian skills and helped me become more versatile and competitive. I highly recommend Manito!!! AAA+++

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All 3 of our children have had the opportunity to ride, take lessons, attend birthday parties and hayrides at Manito over the years. The setting is tranquil. The instructors are friendly, knowledgeable, and responsible. The owner is caring and compassionate. This is an excellent riding facility for anyone interested in quality horsemanship.

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★★★★★

All 3 of our children have had the opportunity to ride, take lessons, attend birthday parties and hayrides at Manito over the years. The setting is tranquil. The instructors are friendly, knowledgeable, and responsible. The owner is caring and compassionate. This is an excellent riding facility for anyone interested in quality horsemanship.

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Manito is peaceful, beautiful and wonderful. I give it a five star rating and would recommend it to any parent or adult rider. I heard of Manito when I lived out of state; their reputation in my circles is top-notch.My family ran their own horse operation for many years so I am aware of the challenges that farm owners face. This owner cares a lot about the horses, the children and the environment. I have been at Manito for years and these facts are consistently obvious to my family and to me.Additionally, my child has learned a lot since riding at Manito and I appreciate their attention to teaching about respect and proper care of the animals. Doesn't happen often. Highest praises for the good work and to the staff who is about the best I have come across. In this business, it is hard work and the turnover is a problem everywhere.

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★★★★★

Manito is peaceful, beautiful and wonderful. I give it a five star rating and would recommend it to any parent or adult rider. I heard of Manito when I lived out of state; their reputation in my circles is top-notch.My family ran their own horse operation for many years so I am aware of the challenges that farm owners face. This owner cares a lot about the horses, the children and the environment. I have been at Manito for years and these facts are consistently obvious to my family and to me.Additionally, my child has learned a lot since riding at Manito and I appreciate their attention to teaching about respect and proper care of the animals. Doesn't happen often. Highest praises for the good work and to the staff who is about the best I have come across. In this business, it is hard work and the turnover is a problem everywhere.

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This barn is super expensive and for the price you would think they would put out some nice riders but they don't. Most of the riders at this barn have horrible equitation and can't ride worth a darn. The barn owner is never on property and she is just in it for the money. Instead of putting money towards the horses, she is driving around in a Lexus. One horse there is terribly sick and he isn't on any medication like he should be. He was in a lesson where he couldn't breath anymore and he went down with a beginner kid. A few of the horses have also taken off with students while on trail rides and have bucked riders off in and out of the ring.The barn owner has absolutely no horse sense and should not be running a horse stable. She is even afraid of horses.

Do not go anywhere near this stable. If you do ride here, you will be shoveling out a lot of money and you will be nothing of a rider. There are so many more stables that will actually turn you into an amazing rider and you will pay half of what you pay at Manito. Just look around and you will find a better deal than this horrible stable.

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★☆☆☆☆

This barn is super expensive and for the price you would think they would put out some nice riders but they don't. Most of the riders at this barn have horrible equitation and can't ride worth a darn. The barn owner is never on property and she is just in it for the money. Instead of putting money towards the horses, she is driving around in a Lexus. One horse there is terribly sick and he isn't on any medication like he should be. He was in a lesson where he couldn't breath anymore and he went down with a beginner kid. A few of the horses have also taken off with students while on trail rides and have bucked riders off in and out of the ring.The barn owner has absolutely no horse sense and should not be running a horse stable. She is even afraid of horses.

Do not go anywhere near this stable. If you do ride here, you will be shoveling out a lot of money and you will be nothing of a rider. There are so many more stables that will actually turn you into an amazing rider and you will pay half of what you pay at Manito. Just look around and you will find a better deal than this horrible stable.

Pros: Nice horses

Cons: bad staff

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Manito is a beautiful stable with great horses! The arenas and trails are amazing. The staff is great and Heather, the riding instructor, is the best I've had. There is a wide variety of horses to choose from and all are excellent steeds. Roy is also the BEST barn manager I've ever met. Very friendly environment, everything is well taken care of, overally great facility. I would recommend anyone horse person I meet to go there. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up :)

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★★★★★

Manito is a beautiful stable with great horses! The arenas and trails are amazing. The staff is great and Heather, the riding instructor, is the best I've had. There is a wide variety of horses to choose from and all are excellent steeds. Roy is also the BEST barn manager I've ever met. Very friendly environment, everything is well taken care of, overally great facility. I would recommend anyone horse person I meet to go there. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up :)

Pros: Good horses, great people, facilities nice.

Cons: Carolyn, the "other" riding instructor. Not friendly at all.

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Dear readers,

I have worked and been a part of the manito family for years now. I think what people dont understand about the owner is she plays by the rules... a lot of people dont want to play by the rules... but if u want a barn that is going to be true and pure... u must play by the rules. I would not have stayed part of the manito family if the horses, people, and the owners were bad. I look at every single barn i have rode at and realize they have ALL been shut down... but not manito which has been a great buisness since 1992.
Each and every horse and student has a huge place in my heart... i would never recomend anyone to a place that might be dangerous. Did i mention that most of our horses are rescued?? The place gives them a REAL home, a safe home!

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★★★★★

Dear readers,

I have worked and been a part of the manito family for years now. I think what people dont understand about the owner is she plays by the rules... a lot of people dont want to play by the rules... but if u want a barn that is going to be true and pure... u must play by the rules. I would not have stayed part of the manito family if the horses, people, and the owners were bad. I look at every single barn i have rode at and realize they have ALL been shut down... but not manito which has been a great buisness since 1992.
Each and every horse and student has a huge place in my heart... i would never recomend anyone to a place that might be dangerous. Did i mention that most of our horses are rescued?? The place gives them a REAL home, a safe home!

Pros: Friendly and personal staff, lovely facility, beautiful horses... AN ALL AROUND FAMILY ATMOSPHERE!

Cons: nothing

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I have ridden at manito for 2 1/2 years. Overall it is a facility. However, i have had 7 different instructors since i've started riding there. About every couple months they'd be getting a new instructor. The prices were very high. Although pricy the lessons were usually fun. I always enjoyed leasing and the trails are beautiful. But now that i think about it I really haven't learned that much. Some of the horses are getting old but most of them are very sweet and well manered. The care they give the horses could have been a bit better. The one thing that upset me was that the owner was never to be seen. She was rarely seen at the barn, she never interacted with the horses or called to check up on how the lessons were going. My friend and I would help out with Birthday parties or tour days. Each time she said we would get a free trail ride or barn credit. We never got a thing. It also seemed she was untrusting at times. When my friend would lease i would take out my favorite horse to graze him and just walk him around. But when she was there and she saw us she usually made me put the horse back. Everything added up and it got very agravating. If you want a barn to ride at just for the fun of riding and dont mind high prices then go for manito. But if you want to learn how to ride i would suggest a different barn.

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★★☆☆☆

I have ridden at manito for 2 1/2 years. Overall it is a facility. However, i have had 7 different instructors since i've started riding there. About every couple months they'd be getting a new instructor. The prices were very high. Although pricy the lessons were usually fun. I always enjoyed leasing and the trails are beautiful. But now that i think about it I really haven't learned that much. Some of the horses are getting old but most of them are very sweet and well manered. The care they give the horses could have been a bit better. The one thing that upset me was that the owner was never to be seen. She was rarely seen at the barn, she never interacted with the horses or called to check up on how the lessons were going. My friend and I would help out with Birthday parties or tour days. Each time she said we would get a free trail ride or barn credit. We never got a thing. It also seemed she was untrusting at times. When my friend would lease i would take out my favorite horse to graze him and just walk him around. But when she was there and she saw us she usually made me put the horse back. Everything added up and it got very agravating. If you want a barn to ride at just for the fun of riding and dont mind high prices then go for manito. But if you want to learn how to ride i would suggest a different barn.

Pros: nice horses, grounds, facilities, trails

Cons: never see the owner, frequent change in instructors

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I rode with Manito for many years. I never learned a thing. The instructors are horrible. I had a bad experience there. My horse took off with me on his back. Even thopugh the other two riders out on the trail ride with me were adults, the instructor casually walked back with the other two riders. While I was being brought back to the barn at full speed afraid for my life. When the instructor finally arrived at the barn, she casually asked if I had fallen off. Then she told me she could not risk the safety of the other two riders. WHAT?????? I was the one on an uncontrollable horse. I told the owner about this and her comment was that one of the other horses out there did get spooked and that the instructor did what was right. I could not believe this!!!! The only thing the owner was upset with is that the instructor did not report this incident to her. I now ride elsewhere. I began riding at my new Stable in May of 2007. I have learned more in less than a year at this new stable than I learned in the many years I was a Manito. On top of this her prices are high.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I rode with Manito for many years. I never learned a thing. The instructors are horrible. I had a bad experience there. My horse took off with me on his back. Even thopugh the other two riders out on the trail ride with me were adults, the instructor casually walked back with the other two riders. While I was being brought back to the barn at full speed afraid for my life. When the instructor finally arrived at the barn, she casually asked if I had fallen off. Then she told me she could not risk the safety of the other two riders. WHAT?????? I was the one on an uncontrollable horse. I told the owner about this and her comment was that one of the other horses out there did get spooked and that the instructor did what was right. I could not believe this!!!! The only thing the owner was upset with is that the instructor did not report this incident to her. I now ride elsewhere. I began riding at my new Stable in May of 2007. I have learned more in less than a year at this new stable than I learned in the many years I was a Manito. On top of this her prices are high.

Pros: Many horses. Nice property and rings. Most horses are nice.

Cons: You don't learn, prices very high, they do not care abou the rider only the money.

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I was very pleased with this day camp for my 4 year old. Each day, each child was assigned to a horse and an instructor to work with. I know nothing about horses or riding, but it was amazing for the children to be getting individualized attention and not having to wait their turn.

My daughter learned some aspects of caring for the horses, etc. Im not looking for her to be a champion rider - just a fun camp experience.

Sure, its more expensive than many other day camps - but to have one on one time with a horse and an instructor, it was inexpensive, in my opinion.

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★★★★★

I was very pleased with this day camp for my 4 year old. Each day, each child was assigned to a horse and an instructor to work with. I know nothing about horses or riding, but it was amazing for the children to be getting individualized attention and not having to wait their turn.

My daughter learned some aspects of caring for the horses, etc. Im not looking for her to be a champion rider - just a fun camp experience.

Sure, its more expensive than many other day camps - but to have one on one time with a horse and an instructor, it was inexpensive, in my opinion.

Pros: Individual attention, Friendly, beautiful

Cons: I cant think of any

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This is an equestrian facility that has turned out exactly NO successful riders. It's best quality is it's convenient setting. However, the farm is notorious for excessively high prices and an excessively high turnover rate of instructors. If you're wealthy and your child wants to take a riding lesson once a week, fine, but if you are looking for consistent quality horse care and development of a true equestrian, this is not the place for you.

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★★★☆☆

This is an equestrian facility that has turned out exactly NO successful riders. It's best quality is it's convenient setting. However, the farm is notorious for excessively high prices and an excessively high turnover rate of instructors. If you're wealthy and your child wants to take a riding lesson once a week, fine, but if you are looking for consistent quality horse care and development of a true equestrian, this is not the place for you.

Pros: convenient setting, open space

Cons: over priced, high turnover

 

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