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Dead Broke Farm
Horse Riding School
Today 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
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6921 Wildlife Trail Raleigh, NC 27613
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Horse Riding School, Horseback Riding Service
Horse Riding School
Horseback Riding Service
Horse Rental Service
Today 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 8:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Horseback Riding: guided trail rides, riding lessons, pony rides, summer camp, birthday parties, and overnight camping trips. More than 10 miles of wooded trails. Horses for sale. Open year-round.
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"My 10 year old daughter has enjoyed the riding camp at Dead Broke."
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"I am an inexperienced rider and I felt very comfortable during the trail ride."
21 reviewers
"It was the best Horse riding experience I have ever had!"
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David Therit
3 months ago
My wife and I had never been horseback riding before. We are both 61. We went for a 1 hour ride in October 2014. The horses that we rode were easy to manage and the staff seemed to have a real interest in keeping the horses and the riders safe. The riding hats were a bit dirty -- a can of disinfectant would have made us feel better had it been available -- but we had a good time all in all. Our trail guide (a young girl around 18 years of age) was very nice and helpful. I would give a rating of 4.5 stars but that option is not available.
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Renee Reaves
in the last week
I absolutely loved the horses and scenery. However, whom seemed to be the owner was very rude and really mean to the customers and staff working the trail ride. Overall, loved the horses and trail ride itself. That's about it! I would not recommend this place due to the the rude staff member and farm itself. However, you must make your own choice! Good luck!
Laura Cooper
3 months ago
I purchased a horse from Dead Broke Farm a few months ago and couldn't have ended up with a better match. I'd been to the farm a few times for riding and was a little hesitant to deal with a couple of people there, but the horses I'd been around had all seemed pleasant and well cared for, so I decided to go there to look at a horse when I was ready to buy. As it turns out, the horse I originally went to see sold right before I arrived. Carla and her daughter decided to show me a horse that wasn't listed for sale. The horse wasn't what I was shopping for, and I tried really hard to come up with a reason not to get her, but I failed. The truth is, she was perfect for me and I owe Dead Broke a tremendous thank you for knowing which horse I needed. =) Since bringing her to her new barn, several other horse owners have commented on how wonderful she is and how well suited we are for each other. She was everything Carla described her to be and we've been having a blast on the trails together for the past few months. If you're looking to purchase a solid, well-mannered horse as a trail companion, I can't recommend Dead Broke Farm highly enough.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thanks so much, Laura, for sharing your feelings about doing business with our farm. We try hard to make sure the horse is a good fit for the buyer so that both the horse and the buyer are happy with the outcome. We view the sale of our horses as their final destination in our mission: Buy ==> Train ==> Utilize ==> Sell. They have lived and worked on our farm pleasing many people, and eventually it's time for them to go to that one special person who will love and care for them. They have an opportunity to get to know their owner and return the love, one-on-one. That's our goal - to add value to the horses so that they may experience having that relationship with someone and never, ever end up at an auction where their fate may be dismal. I'm so glad you are happy with Anne. She's a beauty.
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ROCs Mom
6 months ago
The owner is all about money. She lies and will sell any horse no matter what including her dads horse. I wouldn't take a dying horse here. 0 respect for this place and feel sorry for all the horses. She has been fined and reported an numerous occasions for having too many horses. Don't be fooled by the show! She is a joke. She is in possession of stolen horses but you wont hear that out of her month. She needs to be shut down! Thumbs down!
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
I don't know where you've gotten your information, but it's grossly inaccurate. My father had a miniature horse named Little Bit. My father passed away this year, and I still have his mini. Out of respect for the dead - and the living - I'd appreciate it if you'd leave him out of this attack on my character and my farm. I've never been fined for any reason... let alone for having too many horses. If in doubt, look it up. Nor are there any stolen horses on my property. It's one thing to state your opinion and another to slander someone publicly. I have been accused of many things - including being too direct and even tactless - but I've never been accused of being a lier. Whoever you are, I obviously said something that hit a nerve. Try to let it go and move on.
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mary a.
a week ago
I volunteered here, and it was my worst volunteer experience ever. I think the people I volunteered with will readily agree with me. I loved the horses, and I loved the work, but I hated everything else about it. For one thing, the owner of the farm, Carla (who does basically nothing except give out orders, scream at everyone, and ride horses), as well as pretty much her whole family, is totally rude and annoying, and they treat their volunteers (as well as their paid workers) like crap. We're ordered around like mules, and they yell at us and cuss at us. We're volunteering OUR time, FOR FREE, and making THEM money, and taking care of THEIR HORSES, and yet the treat us as though we owe them something. They also don't show us how to do anything. They throw us into the work, and expect us to know how to do everything, and then yell at us when we can't do it. Although on their website it says that no experience is required, that they will show you how things are done, they don't. Especially since most of their volunteers are young kids, that are between 13 and 15 years old. Another thing is that the only way they repay us is by giving us 1 hour of riding time for every 12 hours of back-breaking work we do. And most of the time, we don't even get to ride at all. They currently owe me more than 2 hours of riding time that I'll probably never get unless I push and shove and scream (like they do to us, basically). Another problem I've found is the complete and utter disorganization of everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Nobody knows the horses names, since there are so many, and there is one secretary lady (she's also a mistreated volunteer. They're so lucky to have her, and yet they abuse the poor woman) for everything that goes on around the farm. And that's A LOT of stuff that happens. You may have a good riding experience, but by paying those damn owners money to ride horses, you're encouraging mistreatment of their workers & volunteers, so I strongly suggest you go ride somewhere else. There are much cheaper places, anyways.
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Julia Pools
a month ago
My daughter has been coming here for years, starting as a camper and now volunteers occasionally. She loves it, and has received fantastic instruction on horses and the caring for them. She loves riding, and Dead Broke gives her the whole package, from caring for the horses to riding. She tells me tons of stories about Carla and Miss Rosie at the end of her day, and always wants to go back. Julia
Rebekah Moore
7 months ago
I took a group of employees out as a team building experience. They all had a great time! Carla took our group out, and was very informative about the farm, the rescue efforts, and horses and riding in general. Helmets were provided for those who opted to wear one, and a thorough demonstration of riding basics was provided prior to anyone getting on a horse. The horses were all well mannered and well kept, and the trail we were on was gorgeous! All of my employees said that they would go back, and would definitely bring their friends and family. I would definitely recommend Dead Broke for individuals, and for groups, and will take additional groups in the future.
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Nina Heroux
3 months ago
I had a great horse-buying experience at Deadbroke Farm. I got what I came to get - a sweet, reliable horse - suitable for my very beginning girls to learn to ride on, and for me to enjoy. Since taking her to her new home, she has crossed water, mud, bridges, been exposed to strange dogs, target shooting, motorcycles, cars, construction crews, and more - all without even batting an eye. I sure do appreciate that, especially when my 45lb 9yr old is in the saddle! The owner of the facility where she is stabled has remarked that she is one of the sweetest horses on the place, and everything Carla had said she was. Everything about my buying experience was impressive - from the beautiful condition of the horses and the detail with which the health records are maintained, to Carla's knowledge of which horses would be most suitable for our family. This was not my first experience buying a horse, but it was one of the easiest and no unpleasant surprises once I got my mare home! If you wonder why any given horse is up for sale, it is for two reasons. One, the sale of some horses facilitates the rescue of others. This is a large farm with dedicated volunteers, but everyone's resources eventually have limits. Much as dog/cat rescues need adoptions to occur to free up room to save more lives, Deadbroke utilizes sales to enable them to save other hurting horses and sales money helps with often extenisive costs of associated with that. Second, far from being cast aside, as some may think, being sold to a private owner or family is that horse's "happily-ever-after" - the final chapter of the story that most likely began as a rescue or auction purchase (which is often akin to rescue). A horse is rescued, rehabilitated, given extenisve training and exposure to a variety of situations and, after having proven itself time and again, it has the opportunity to become someone's very special horse. I am so glad I found my special girl!
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