Enjoy a day of old west adventure at this riding stable that offers open riding and guided trail rides on 30 professionally ... More
Thunderbird Riding Stables
Enjoy a day of old west adventure at this riding stable that offers open riding and guided trail rides on 30 professionally trained horses through 500 acres of historic land and hickory forest. Hay rides are also available. Reservations are required.
The horses were very well cared for and very sweet. They had a very interesting plot of land, and during the fall, the landscape is just BEAUTIFUL! What better way to appreciate Oklahoma than from horseback. None, if you ask me. I'm a very experienced rider, but my boyfriend who took me had never riden without being led before. They set us up with horses very well; my horse was better suited to me, and his to him. I definitely recommend this as a great time out on the weekend.
So, I posted about the skinny horses. I did contact the local sherriff, who investigated. I'm not out to ruin anyone's business so I wanted to share what they told me after they sent a vet out:
Apparently the 3 thinnest horses were also the oldest, there was evidence the owner does feed them separately to ensure they can eat without being chased off by other horses. The owner will also have her vet out to evaluate their health. There was adequate hay, grain, and water available. The owner was apparently very cooperative and wants what is best for the horses.
I will say I am inclined to believe that is true, because of what I saw at the facility. Like I said, all the horses' feet were well cared for, groomed adequately, tack was good, place was spotless.
I will be willing to go back later spring/summer to see how everything is going; as long as this situation is fixed it really would be a great place to ride!
I was looking forward to riding at Thunderbird Riding stables because it had such good reviews online, and the prices were very decent. My friend and I drove almost two hours to go for a trail ride. Let me preface the rest of the review with this: I am very experienced with horses--I have ridden for over 15 years, worked at multiple stables and also volunteered at a rescue where I saw many cases of malnutrition, and I am a veterinary technician. When I got there I first noticed that most of the horses were underweight. They weren't emaciated, and once they were saddled I'm sure most people wouldn't even realize it. However, there were at least four on the property that were exceedingly thin-- ribs, spines, and hipbones sticking out, and more than one appeared to have rainrot on their backs. These ones I didn't notice until my friend and I had all ready paid for our ride, and our two assigned horses weren't too badly underweight. It would have been a very nice place to ride if the horses were cared for and fed properly. Their hooves appeared to be well maintained, and inside the office building there were photos of all the horses at normal, healthy weights. I don't know if the stables will claim that the skinny horses are thin because of winter, age, or whatever, but either way it's unacceptable. Get their teeth floated, deworm them, and feed them senior feed or beet pulp and almost all old horses will gain weight. Age and winter are not a reason for skinny horses. I called Norman Animal Welfare immediately upon leaving the facility and I encourage others to check it out and call also. I suppose I should throw in some positives so here they are: The employees were polite, my horse and my friend's horse, while barn sour like most rental horses, were otherwise very well mannered and enjoyable. Scenery was nice and trails well-maintained. Tack was in good condition.
Was a great time! Had lots of fun especially because you can't find many places these days that let you take one of their horses are go off on your own. My parents recommended it to me from when they like here (In the late 1980s) and I just loved it!
As far as the one review that was bad (out of the large amount that were good), sorry you had a bad experience but it seems over dramatised, seeing as everyone else would disagree with you. The people were polite to me, especially if you count the fact that they are trying to run a stable and are doing hard work all day. It might be a sign that you shouldn't be doing this sort of thing if you can't last 2 minutes on a horse. And on a beginner horse of all thing. People, please don't be swayed from this one bad review, this places is awesome, a fun unique time and worth the money (and has been for longer then I've been alive)! I would definitely recommend it.
We were down in Oklahoma for a conference, and my family and I decided to go horseback riding. Let me first just say that everyone there IS polite. If your looking for them to jump out when you arrive and serve you tea, you won't get it. DUH, its hot, these people have been working all day, and this is a business, not a livery for the Queen of England.
However, everyone was polite enough for satisfaction, and they make you fill out a paragraph on how much experience you have. I, having taken lessons for years and leased with my sis before, was more of an advanced rider, whereas my cousin who never rides, was beginner. And a great thing they do is match your level of experience to your horse. And for all those who say "they didn't give me enough instruction", they show you enough, if you don't get something, open your mouth and say it! Thats how I got to be good in my lessons.
The ride was VERY scenic and beautiful, with lakes to ride around and lush woods. We even saw some wild turkey. Although they only want you to walk and trot, my mother and I (who were more advanced) broke into a canter once or twice (at first not on purpose the horses were excited), and the horses all have very nice ground manners, and nice leads, and respond VERY well to rein and leg cues. The tack was in good condition, and the horses all seem in good shape.
Overall, its a clean, and very cute "westerny" riding stable, and you'll have a great time. Worth the money definately, (its $20 an hour) and you'll want a longgg ride! And no, I'm not just saying this because I'm some horse crazy person who can't see dirt. I've been to many stables in my time, and this one I would rank 4 out of 5 for cleanliness.
Its a great stable, in my honest opinion and I was very suprised (trust me, I give hard critiques) I'm only sorry I don't live in Oklahoma so I can't say "will return again soon!"
I thought this would be a great experience, I was wrong. I was thrown from my horse, my mother and son's horse landed on them. We were given 2 seconds of instruction for begginner riders and we stayed on the horses for 2 minutes. The ranchhands were rude and mean when we were hurt. The manager said "This happens sometimes and bye." Don't go to this ranch.
If you ever dreamt of living the life of a cowboy (or cowgirl) then you need to go harseback riding at thunderbird stables. We had a company "team building" day at the stables. We rod some terrific horses and did a hayrack ride that evening with an bonfire. We plan to name it annual event!
I can't explain how the beauty and the openness of this area just melts away the stress. The horses at Thunderbird stables are well-groomed and appear well cared for; the wranglers are very friendly and seem conscientious about matching my riding experience to the ride horse. It was comforting to see them on the trail, making sure my family and I were safe and doing well.
Great way to spend leisure time!
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