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Dead Broke Farm
Horse Riding School
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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
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Today 8AM–6PM
Friday 8AM–6PMSaturday 8AM–6PMSunday 8AM–6PMMonday 8AM–6PMTuesday 8AM–6PMWednesday 8AM–6PMThursday 8AM–6PM
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 6-year old boy attended a 1-week summer camp there and really loved it."
"It was the best Horse riding experience I have ever had!"
"I was given this beautiful, well taken care of draft horse named Amber."
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Pj Nettesheim
a month ago
My kids (5 and 7) just enjoyed a wonderful week of track-out camp at Dead Broke Farm. They were able to ride horses twice a day every day of camp. Additionally, they learned a lot about farm life and caring for the horses. During down times, they were free to play and just be kids. I think this was super important for them and definitely contributed a successful school break. Carla and her staff are amazing; they are kind and professional. We we'll definitely be back!
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Jacobo Garcia de la Rosa
a month ago
I have two young sons, 5 and 8, who attended track out camp at Dead Broke last week for the first time. I was a little skeptical at first as to how they'd react to riding these huge animals every day, but they absolutely loved it! The staff is excellent with the kids - so caring. It's a busy horse farm -65 horses- so I was surprised that they took time to let the kids feed the horses, brush them, etc even after official 'camp hours'. They seemed really committed to the kids getting comfortable with the horses. And, mine did. We missed a day of camp due to illness and I was thrilled that the owner worked with us to make up that day! We'll be back soon! Great experience!
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Bianca S
4 months ago
My family had the opportunity to visit Dead Broke Farm last month for the first time. We had a great time and both my kids (ages 5 and 7) gave their experience a "high five." Neither one had ever been on a horse before, so I must admit, I was a bit anxious. The staff did a great job picking out the right horses for my kids. My daughter and husband signed up for the 1 hour trail ride. It was my husband who actually discovered Dead Broke Farm and took our entire family. He was very happy when he found out that Dead Broke Farm provides YGuide patches (an added bonus for all those who are part of the Yguide program). My husband made the reservations ahead of time to insure we would have a spot. My daughter even got to brush her horse before the ride and pet her horse (which she thought was really neat). I had opted to have my son go on the 30 minute guided trail ride since he is only 5. His guide was awesome. He was very patient with my son and explained exactly what would happen on his first ride. The guide got my son settled onto the horse and then took the reins and guided him down the trail. I got to walk along as well. It was a very fun and positive experience for my son. I was glad and surprised that he was not in the least afraid. When the ride was over, he wanted to go again. Luckily, my kids had talked me into bringing some apples with us for the horses. I was not sure if we would be allowed to give these to the horses, but my daughter's guide cut up the apples for us so the kids could give the horses their treat. Apparently, the horses really like their treats. I would highly recommend Dead Broke Farms to anyone with kids and beginner riders. You can't go wrong with any of the horses. If you tell the staff up front your riding experience (or lack thereof) they will assign you a horse that will fit your needs. The property seemed very large to me considering it is in the middle of Raleigh. Plenty of trails and places to ride. We are looking forward to going back.
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Robert Wiesendanger
6 months ago
My staying on the farm was excellent. I come from Switzerland and my reservation was a risk because I had no experience in horse riding and it was also not possible to verify the farm first. Nevertheless I got more than I have expected. I spent 3 days on the farm with a lot of horse riding on an easy to ride horse and I had also the opportunity to do some farm work. Many thanks to the whole team for my wonderful staying on the farm. For certain next spring I will come back!
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Thanks, Robert, for being so kind as to post a review online about your recent experience at our farm. We look forward to riding with you again in the Spring!
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Emily Larsen
a month ago
I am a somewhat experienced rider and I visited today with a friend. We went for a one hour trail ride and it was lovely! Our guide did great explaining what to do and how to do things to ride if we weren't sure and the trail was gorgeous. The trail had creeks and aspects that made it fun for me but also would be great for beginners.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thanks, Emily, for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to ride with you again in the future.
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Tamara Razai
3 months ago
I took my daughter to dead broke farms to ride recently. She immediately fell in love! The ride was great! Carla the owner was wonderful! She answered all of my daughters questions and made her feel so comfortable. All of the other staff was great too. They are all very knowledgeable about the horses. You can tell that they love what they do. My daughter now wants to volunteer there every weekend. She may even be going to go to camp there on track out. So if you are looking for a great place to go for a ride and have a little fun, Dead Broke Farms is the place. After reading some of these other reviews, I'm a little surprised! Our experience was wonderful!!!!! I guess you can't please everyone!
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thanks so much for bringing your daughter to ride and volunteer. She's a pleasure to work and ride with.
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Katherine Entsminger
4 weeks ago
I've been to dead broke farm the last two days for 2 hour rides and have nothing but good things to say!!! First of all Kim and Patrick are awesome, they are wonderful at letting you learn hands on and being there to help you each step of the way... They've catered to my every need and have gone above and beyond to help me learn the things I want to... Carla the owner is great as well she's listened and given me great suggestions on what would work best for me... Secondly, the horses are well kept and looked after. A lot are rescued and being nursed and cared for back to health which is what I'm assuming some of the negative comments are about. This farm does amazing things for these horses and ponies it's wonderful to see... And lastly, there were 2 young preteen girls doing a camp there while I was there and they were having soooo much fun on both days.. It was so AMAZING to see their love for the horses and really enjoying everything...
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hi, Katherine. We so glad you are enjoying our horses and our farm. It makes the work we do all the more worthwhile! And I hope we can help to launch you better prepared and knowledgeable about horses and their behavior into your new role as a large animal vet. Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment. You should be proud.
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Neel Skye
6 months ago
Word of caution. This place can be dangerous and could be a bad experience especially if you dont have experience in horseback riding. They sometimes put most inexperience riders and children on blind horses which is absolutely not advisable. The poor horses have only one eye and can barely see and have problems trusting a novice stranger and intermittently will be adamant and non responsive to your instructions because they don't trust you. They make horses follow each other and if the horse ahead of you decides to act up everyone in the back will get affected. There were 2 such accidents during my trail wherein the lead horse kicked a partially blind horse behind. In fact I felt bad about the horse and the way she was being treated. She could barely see with one eye and was being ridden by an inexperienced rider, struggling though make it through the narrow spaces between the trees and getting kicked by a draft horse in front of her. The rider was an inexperienced child and a scared. Totally not for a novice rider of someone who does not know how to ride a horse. If you should still visit this place avoid riding a blind horse.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Neel, we don't have ANY blind horses on our farm, but we do have 2 that have had to have one eye removed: one due to an injury and one due to an infection that was unresponsive to treatment. One of those horses, Stormy, is one of our very best, safest kids' horse, and the children argue over who will get to ride him at camp. Horses are herd animals much like deer or birds, which means they are very social so they "follow the leader", are flight animals, and have a hierarchical position in the herd. Just because they have been domesticated doesn't mean that they aren't still herd oriented. We train our horses to be as safe as humanly possible, but the rider does need to participate and at least attempt to give them some guidance. Otherwise, they will do what comes naturally. At the end of the day, we can't ride the horse for them. And if we could, it would be no different than the hobby horses at the carnival - mechanical and boring. My suggestion to you would be this: learn about about horses before trying to ride one. We provide riding instruction prior to the ride, but clearly we can't cover every possible scenario in 10 minutes. Lessons in a more controlled environment might also be a better strategy for the more timid riders. We are a trail riding outfit. We ride on wooded trails out in the open. It's much more scenic and interesting than ring riding, but I guess it's not for everyone.


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