Easterton Equestrian Centre is a fully approved member of the Association of British Riding Schools and can be relied upon to ... More
Easterton Equestrian Centre
Easterton Equestrian Centre is a fully approved member of the Association of British Riding Schools and can be relied upon to provide quality schooling with the highest safety standards observed. It is situated around seven kilometres from Glasgow in the beautiful countryside overlooking the Campsie Fells, and you will have your work cut out finding nicer surroundings in which to ride. Riding lessons are available for adults and children of all abilities in fully licensed stables, with hacking and livery also available to patrons. In addition to the outdoor school, there is a covered arena, a sand gallop and a cross-country course. You can buy or lease horses and ponies here. Mugdock Country Park with a little road work thrown in,you can also take a one hour group lesson or a 30 minute private lesson.
Were do I start, I'm an old employee. I left 8 years ago and worked there for 4. The way I left was not great all down to the way RB spoke to me one day, I had had enough of her attitued. It was the best thing I did. I missed the people I worked with and the horses still do to this day. Alot of people are blameing the staff and horses, but it is really down to the mamagment not spending enough money on the horses. The staff done the best by the horses with what little we had, yes the horses were feed and watered but we needed new tack and stuff. Please don't take this as a review of the yard today have no idea, but by the looks of it the reviews have got much worres as you get to the present day!
Well where do I start with this place?? Oh yes, the owner!! She is a person who is rude to staff and clients. Some staff have been reduced to tears by her. Will not invest money on new tack, as most of it hanging by a thread. Even toilet roll for the one loo that is there is very rarely present. Toilet is also filthy and a dirty towel that I dont think has ever been washed hangs here supposedly to dry your hands on. I would suggust you take some of your own incase you are caught short!
Leave anything lying about and it might also disappear (my daughter has had this experience of this). Owner not interesed that these things happen on her yard.
Lessons are over booked and most of the time kids dont get full hour they are paying due to there being to many kids for lessons. Can be a bit of a shambles at time. Riding instructors are a hit and a miss also.
Ponies that are not getting used can be left standing about all day until turned out the field or put in a stable with very little bedding. My list could go on and on about this place.
I would suggest you invest your money on your kids lessons elsewhere where the ponies are not overworked and don't play up and especially an owner of a business who would welcome you as a client and at least have some manners!
If you do decide to take your child or go along for "lessons" yourself I would also suggest you invest in your own riding hat as the ones that can be borrowed have seen better days.
Staff never look happy or enthuasiastic but I would imagine that has something to do with the atmosphere the owner causes.
My daughter works at Easterton and has done for a few years now, It is with this in mind that I can honestly say I know the Horses/ ponies are all well cared for, believe me if they were not she would be the first one to complain, She is a very competent individual who believes in the welfare of all animals If these horses were not fed, watered, cleaned, cared for and happy she would not be there. Keep up the good work Blay xxx
Easterton could be a great place, but unfortunately the owners and staff dont put in enough effort. The horses are not cared for properly, by the majority of the staff, you can tell that just by looking at them. Many are over worked on a daily basis as they are the favourites, and are easier to work with so are run in to the ground. The majority of the staff are unprofessional, as the owners can be at times, being inappropriate in front of the clients and children. I have had a few lessons at the facilities again dont rate it well at all. The teachers i had were a joke and didn't know half of what they were teaching, it was " and just trot to the back of the ride" for the majority of the lesson. waste of time and money and i don't recommend it to anyone!!!!!!!!
If you want to ride horses that are dead on all aids, slightly depressed and without bedding (only the private horses had bedding). Men who disrespect, shout and don't know how to treat a horse with respect. And owners who just earn money on peoples' lack of better judgement, I suggest you go there. I have had horses for 27 years, and worked with them professionally.
I didn't know of horses who could be dead on all aids until my friend and I went for a hack as part of a visit in Glasgow.
The hack was not nice due to 35 min riding on asfalt trafficked roads, only 15 min in Mugdock Park. The whole experience from start to finish was under all critique. Though, the horses were well fed andthe fields are nice. But a stable with a 120 horses were 50 are for schooling ust gave the feel of cows waiting to be slaughtered. As well as the stalls along with horses in them had the horses rugs and other riding gear, maybe there is too little space left for the horses to be alone in their stall without stuff to get tangled in...
Overall impression: greedy people who don't want to reinvest in their business but just pocket the money.
Spend your money elsewhere
First off...i worked there, i dont have glowing reports, yes it needs work, yes rb. is a walking nightmare but staff are trained properly, and out of rb pocket...the lessons can be crowded at times if it bothers u private lessons are way to go. The horses are loved by staff and hrlpers and riders alike, ions only done little lead outs n she was OLD but its life, pal passed years ago due to age n he's not being scrutinized, the yard os mucky...its a yard you want clean don't go to stables, I would go back n work in a heartbeat as all the people except rb are exceptional, n if u have problem with them tell them, but make up your own mind, dont let reviews hinder your choice. You wouldn't not eat something just coz sum1 gives it a bad review x
easterton is pathetic it truly is , my daughter went there for almost a year and did nothing but trot round in a tiny circle
easterton needs a huge amount of work done
i moved my daughter to a stables not that far away and it is a million times better
she is now jumping 1metre fences and has won over 12 first place ribbons
dont listen to the people who say it is rubbish cause its not yeah the staff can be rude but its not their fault its cause some of the kids get lazy and dont do any work i have been there for 1 year and already i love it and the ponies are amazing soo dont listen to all this crap and give it a try.
i think all the comments about easterton being really bad and not worth the money is a load of rubbish. i have been riding at easterton for a short amount of time but i really do enjoy myself. there are loads of nice people up there and know matter what you always have a good laugh. they do no over work their horses. they get fresh water and hay when ever needed, mucked out in the morning skipped out and fresh bedding put down everyday. the horses are very well groomed and looked after. people can't expect it not to be muddy, it's a horse riding, of course it's not going to be spotless but the staff that work there try their hardest to keep it as tidy as possable. it is really worth your money, the lessons are good fun and on special hollidays you play games like at easter, halloween, christmas ect... there are 3 day courses in the summer which look great fun because you learn how to groom name parts of the horse learn how to pleait the main and tail. if i was you i would recomend it to friends or family or even your children and even adults to come along and give it ago.
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