This farm and riding stable offers riding instruction and the appropriate riding attire for all ages and experience levels. ... More
Undermountain Farm and Riding Stable
This farm and riding stable offers riding instruction and the appropriate riding attire for all ages and experience levels. One can train to ride in a hunt, take leisurely rides through the scenic surroundings, or take guided pony and trail rides. Horse boarding is also offered.
Despite the good intentions of Catherine, she consistently fails to show up on time and is very disorganized. There is no cap on the amount of campers they accept each week or for group lessons. There are not enough horses nor staff to fully tend to the needs of the children properly. There is a lot of waiting around and not a lot of actual riding time. You have to really fight to get the attention you need. This place needs to get their act together - soon. It's not safe or fair to accept so many riders and not take care of them. Riding is an expensive and dangerous sport. Under mountain Farm needs to start paying much closer attention and take better care of their riders. Quality not quantity.
The staff was friendly. They expected us with horses ready to go. We were fitted for helmets, signed a waiver and off we went. Two guides for a party of 4. The horses were "bomb proof". A nice trail ride into a wooded park.
I really love this place! I have been to many other barns, and this place is definitely at the top. The horses are so sweet, cute, experienced, and well-trained. My favorite pony is Noah. He is sooo cute and sweet and calm, but is still fun to jump!
There are two, (soon to be 3) riding teachers last time I went. Katherine is most common with beginners; she is the one to lead the trail rides; and is very kind, smart, and experienced. She is amazing! She knows a lot about horsemanship, and wildlife (when you go on trail rides). Trail rides are fun with her because she tells stories while you ride! She is known to let lessons get too big sometimes. But she is very understanding of both the rider and the horse, and is great with little kids! Tracy is the barn manager/riding teacher/ awesome person! She mostly does more advanced lessons, but she does beginners too. She is one of the best riding teachers I have ever had!! She really notices little details, and can fix ANY problem. Besides, she is super friendly and funny!! Mary is soon to get her teaching license, so for now she is just helping out, but she is sooooo nice! I don't know how long she'll stay, I can't wait fr her to start teaching!
The property is so pretty, too. It has really large pastures, which is rare to find at a barn these days. One pasture is 40 acres! They all are full of grass, (which is rare, too). Go on their website for details!
I first went to this place because it is A LOT cheaper than other barns. But I found that it is a great barn, and has such a variety of activities: trail rides through the fields and forest, lessons to beginners through advanced rides, board, day camp for the kids, pony rides, shows, and more!
This barn is mainly hunter/jumper but does a little dressage. It can get bussy, but my advice is not to do tresson, but to have a lesson. I love it here! GO TO UMF TODAY!!! :)
This place came very highly recommended, but don't be fooled. Group lessons are completely undersupervised. One trainer for 10+ children (on a good day!) all with variousskill level, just dosen't cut it. It is completely disorganized. My 2 children shared a horse, and for almost the entire 2, they stood around waiting for some kind of guidance that never came. They probably actually rode for about 10min. each. I watched as one horse bit another from behind, and the front horse kickedin defense, narrowly missing the very young rider. The trainer was too busy with one of the other children and she missed the entire thing.
This would be fine if she limited the nuber of students she accepts, but basically if you show up, you get into the class. I questioned how large the groups get, and was told they get upwards of 25 on busy days! This might be fine for adults, but not children!!
Great beginner instruction with the right instructor, although there are those to be avoided. Gets VERY busy at times, and very much kid and beginner oriented (which is great for kids, although supervision can be lacking).
High turnover rate of instructors/employees. Some are attentive and knowledgeable, some are not. Fencing is questionable in some paddocks, decent in others. If you're going to board, approach the situation very carefully.
The stable is beautifully run - very organized and well maintained. The horses are well trained and well kept. The trainer (Cathy Drumn) is probably the best trainer I had been taught by so far. It was a great experience and I am looking forwards to coming back soon.
Every year I've been taking my daugther down to Undermoutain Farm in Lenox, Mass for their riding camp. It's a lovely little farm set in a great little valley with a 10 min drive to "Tanglewood."
Currently, she is 14 and a dressage rider after trying out jumping, but a few years back, when she was younger and just starting to ride, the barn really appealed to her and I would solely reccomend this stable to beginner riders and families with younger children. For those just starting out riding or for those who need to brush up, here's the place for you. I only say this because the place is run-down. Their saddles and bridles are cracking and the facilities are definetly not anything to write home about. On top of this, it's quite crowded, (especially in the summer months!)But after saying all this, I must add that all the riding instuctors and hands are very sweet, and appeal to ALL beginner riders. This stable does tend to lean on the "hunter-jumper" side of the equestrian world, so dressage riders: this is not the place for you. Other than this, if you're a person interested in taking up riding (regardless of age,) or just someone wanting to take a relaxed trail ride, give it a try if you are in the area.
Undermountain farm, at first site is a well maintained, beautiful farm. and when you ride there, yes it is a wonderful experience because you are paying for a lesson. However working there is a completely different situation and I learned that the hard way. Undermountain is extremely stingy in the way in which they spend money. It takes them forever to call a vet for a serious problem. They leave children at camp unattended, and one incident, for which i was there, a little girl got her foot stuck inbetween two pannels of wood and was hysterical. Kathrynn did not run to help, i did, which at the time i was supposed to be assisting teach a lesson. I have heard nothing but negative things about undermountains camp program and The owner. Please look into this barn before choosing it as a longterm riding place or working environment. trust me, ive been there, and they won't pay you!!!
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