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Cornerstone Ranch
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29 Dowds Ln Princeton, MA 01541
29 Dowds LaneUSMassachusettsPrinceton01541
(978) 464-4570cornerstoneranch.org
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"The hot chocolate/smores were inside a shack that again was too icy to get to."
"I went on the two hour guided trail ride and it was just about perfect!"
"The staff were nice and the horses were all extremely well behaved."
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Ron Bouchard
in the last week
I bought my wife a reservation for a "Private Romantic Sleigh Ride for Two with Hot Chocolate and S’mores". The retail cost was $125.00 plus $20 in tip. I have to say, I was extremely disappointed with our experience. While the staff were pleasant and friendly, the ride left much to be desired. The ride consisted of a ride through a barn, into an arena where we went around and around 6 times and then back through the barn and onto a small road which looped us back to the beginning. That was hardly the experience we were expecting and what the advertised photos illustrated. When we were through, and since it was cold, I was looking forward to the hot cocoa and S'mores experience. The shed where they kept the Hot Cocoa and S'mores was without electricity at the time so you couldn't see where anything was, after finding what we were looking for under the lighting of our cell phone, we discovered the bowl where we assume the S'mores were kept was empty and the hot water for the cocoa was as slightly warmer than the night air. My recommendation is that if you are not capable of providing a decent trail experience due to the sunset, than reservations should not be available during such times or at least we should have a choice. Also, when I think of Hot Cocoa and S'mores on a ranch, I expect the experience to be a step up from that which I could duplicate in my yard.
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Ryan Flinkstrom
3 months ago
Thay are the best so go thar it is awsome
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claudio s
a year ago
Such a great experience! Simply the best establishment open to the public that I have ever ridden at. In a word, these people are *professional.* We can't wait to go back for another ride! Was an incredibly enjoyable experience and we would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for a horseback riding Thank you Sue and daughters.
Bernard Cuddy
3 years ago
I have been taking riding lessons at the Cornerstone Ranch bi-weekly for the last nine months and sporadically before that for a year. The owner, Sue, is an excellent riding instructor with her no nonsense, but humorous and constructive approach to teaching. During that time I have learned horsemanship as well as riding. I can sit or post a trot and can cantor and change leads on several different horses. I always come away from a lesson having learned something and I always go home happy. Sue's horses are extremely well trained and taken care of. They have been trained to respond to verbal commands and gentle riding. For care they receive grain every day and have hay 24/7 and they are handled kindly and gently. They reside outside just the way horses do on a western ranch or in the wild. I have only done one trail ride with Sue, but it was fun and easy going. The two other people who went with us were given instruction before we went out and came back smiling. The one hour ride went away from the ranch into the woods, down a long trail, through more woods, over some small hills then back again. The trail rides are intended to be walking rides but if someone falls behind it is often necessary to trot a short distance to catch up, the same way it is done on any dude ranch out west. The rates for rides and lessons are reasonable and fair. I look forward to every trip out there and know it is a good value.
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Robert Frost
a month ago
We went on a sleigh ride on New Years Day. The road to get there was packed in snow and ice. The Ranch is not marked well so we almost went in the wrong drive way. The sleigh was coming down the road at the same time. I almost got stuck in the snow/ice trying to pass. When we parked the lot was full of snow and ice. No one shoveled or put much of any sand/salt down. My family had snow appropriate clothes/footwear on and we were still nearly falling every where. You could not even get to the fire pit there was so much ice. The hot chocolate/smores were inside a shack that again was too icy to get to. The sleigh ride was literally driving around in circles. What a waste of money!! Highly advise you not to take this trip!
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Amber Pfeiffer
10 months ago
My family and I have been to Cornerstone Ranch on several different visits, including trail rides, sleigh rides, and a wagon ride! Each time enjoying ourselves more and more- the kids now ages 10 and 13 have done one lesson for riding and are simply loving Sue, the owner and the other wonderful staff. Great place to come and relax!
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Paul Ryan
2 years ago
My wife and I purchased a 1 hour guided trail ride. I think for riders who have never been on a horse before it would have been great. We had both been riding before and were expecting to be able to go at a decent pace, however there was a person walking at the front of the line and we were only allowed to go as fast as this person was walking. So, if you are looking for a very slow paced intro to riding on a horse it's fine. Anything beyond that and you will be disappointed. The staff were nice and the horses were all extremely well behaved.
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Ariel Scott
2 years ago
I never thought I would write a review about any company, but the customer service here was horrible. I am a manager for a very nice restaurant in Boston and so I know a little about how a business should treat their customers. I bought two 2 hour trail-rides and made a reservation a week in advanced. Unfortunately for me the day that I reserved ended up having severe storm conditions and flash flood warnings in Princeton. I called at least 10 times within a two day period. The day prior and the day of my reservation, and not once did anyone pick up the phone. I sent an email after reading on their website that you can contact them via email since they were "probably out with the horses." I asked if they were going to be open because I live two hours away, and did not want to waste my time driving there just to find out they were closed. I never received a response. I sent another email and finally 5 days later received a response saying "You can book another trail ride for the same price." So basically they waited until my reservation passed to tell me that I should have driven there and that I could have waited out the storm, and I won't be able to reschedule or get my money back. Well I will never go there and I would not recommend them to anyone. I read another review on here with a similar situation so clearly I'm not the only person who has experienced their version of "good customer service."
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