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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
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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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"It was the best Horse riding experience I have ever had!"
"I am an inexperienced rider and I felt very comfortable during the trail ride."
"My 10 year old daughter has enjoyed the riding camp at Dead Broke."
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3 months ago
A friend of mines had ride a horse on her Bucket List. and we went. It was one of the Best Times I've ever had. The people that worked there Where Awesome, and the Owen she was Spectacular, Very Informative. I learned a lot while enjoy the Beautiful scenery. I rode Bo, A Big Beautiful Giant. But so Sweet,,, I can't wait to do it again.. If I where to rate this Rescue Horse Farm from 1 to 10,, it would get a 20.. Thank you..
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
You're awesome. Thanks for the nice review. I enjoyed riding with you. You were a hoot.
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Paul Krellwitz
a month ago
Our 11 yo thoroughly enjoyed the camp at Dead Broke Farms. Not only did he enjoy the riding, but he really embraced the responsibilities of caring for the horses day in and day out. Very well run event. He's looking forward to doing it again next Summer
Lewis Bowman
a week ago
Our 11 year daughter loves, loves, loves the summer camp. Always something to do at Dead Broke with all the different activities. Great first time exposure to horses. Would highly recommend!
Brittany Burton
a month ago
Our daughter is at horse camp this week at Dead Broke Farm. I will say that she has absolutely loved her experience there! The days are definitely "relaxed" and schedule is extremely "flexible" meaning the campers have to pretty much keep themselves busy and be proactive about asking to wash horses, brush them, feed them, etc. The "clubhouse" is a small room with cubbies that is not kept very clean. The rabbits and chickens that the campers can supposedly feed/spend time with are no longer there, and I haven't heard any news of any wagon rides. It's been a hot week, so they have not been able to have their 2 rides a day each day. They are trying to make up some time by doing a few longer rides, but since that is really what we're paying for it may not be worth the "full day" option. Again, our daughter has had a great time, but I would definitely recommend bringing your camper out to get a true feel of what is available at the farm and NOT relying on the pictures and descriptions on the website. Happy Riding!
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi, Lisa. Thanks for sharing your daughter's experience at our farm online. We have made some changes to our camp this year, and I have been remiss in updating our website, so thank you for pointing it out. We made the decision to get rid of the bunnies, chickens, turkeys, and ducks because we had to keep them penned up to keep the foxes and coyotes from eating them. Our original intention was to allow the birds to be free range so they could eat the ticks that plague our horses (and us too sometimes). By keeping them shut up, it created a lot of work trying to keep the pen clean, and it had a foul odor to it (no pun intended), especially when it rained. We still have guineas out on the farm though. We also have lots of dogs, cats, a miniature horse, and more than 60 horses. This year, we've changed our format as well somewhat. We are trying to allow them more hands on time with the horses by allowing them to take the mini out for walks and to graze; allowing them to help feed the horses corn shucks, apples, carrots, and treats; and to help bathe our horses. We've never done that before, and there's no mention of it on our website. We only offer the wagon rides at least once a week because it ties up our tractor, which makes doing other farm chores more challenging. So if they haven't had an opportunity to do a wagon ride yet, they will. With respect to their riding time, we can only ride when the weather permits. This week the temperatures soared to 100+ degrees on two days, but they rode twice a day on the other two days. When we realized they wouldn't be able to ride in the afternoon on the 2nd day when the temperature rose to 103 degrees, we gave them a 1 1/2 hour ride in the morning rather than the usual 1 hour ride to help offset their loss. So in total, they have only lost 1 afternoon ride and a 30 minute portion of another afternoon ride. Many parents rely on our horse camp for daycare while they work, so I think the full day camp is still worth the $20 extra per day they pay to go from half day camp to full day camp. Even with the lost 1 1/2 hours this week, they still rode for 8 1/2 hours - a $465 value for just $350... plus we kept them for 10 1/2 hours each day. I'm thankful that your daughter enjoyed herself this week despite the heat. Our clubhouse is air conditioned, but it's a struggle to get the kids to keep the door shut (even with springs on it) so that the air conditioner can keep the clubhouse cool. The "clubhouse" is an old renovated barn, but at the end of the day, it's a barn. I chose to keep it and fix it up rather than building a new, contemporary building because I love the look of those old barns with the tin roof. It reminds me of when I was a kid and there were more farms, open meadows with horses and cows grazing, ponds, and stately white farm houses. That's no longer the case with shopping malls and asphalt everywhere you look. Our farm has dirt, flies, and horse manure, but that's because it is what it is - a farm. I think the dirt and heat bother parents more than it does the kids. I know they are tougher than I am when it comes to swimming early in the season or playing outside in the cold and snow! I think the beauty of our farm is that it is a step back in time - but it's so convenient to town, technology, and most importantly, to your home and work.
Lisa Sumner
a month ago
I've sent my 3 children to Dead Broke Farm for a week of summer camp for several years. Although there are less expensive camps around, I appreciate the opportunity for children to see what a real horse farm is like, and learn about the work it takes behind the scenes to keep it running. If you are afraid for your children to get hot and dirty, and want them to have scheduled activities all day long, go elsewhere. But if you want them to learn something about horses, have some fun and come home more thankful than before for a clean, air-conditioned home and a good dinner, you've got it here.
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Andrea Derler
3 weeks ago
My 6-year old boy attended a 1-week summer camp there and really loved it. The farm is in a beautiful area, the horses are very calm and the kids take hourly trips where they ride through the forest. The people who work there are caring and friendly, and we got a real "farm-feeling" there. They have mini-horses and large horses and kids learn how to behave around them and told us different "stories" of horses' character every day. If your child likes nature and animals - definitely recommend as a day-trip or a summer camp.
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J Yang
4 weeks ago
It was my son, Adam’s second time on a horse but with a little bit of riding knowledge. He told me that the horses were well trained and very easy to ride. He can also tell when the horse looks upset or happy. He loves his experience there! I can tell that kids not only learned more skills about the riding but also learned some knowledge about horses. I will say it won’t be his last time on a horse and thanks to everyone who helped his riding there!
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Anna Lexi Bean
4 weeks ago
My 10 year old daughter had a great experience at DBHF summer camp. The staff is friendly and made her feel comfortable during her time there. She loved all the animals that are on the farm and learned quite a bit about riding and horse care. See you again next summer Dead Broke Farm!


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