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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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"They do trail rides in the winter, which they recommended to us."
"The rates for rides and lessons are reasonable and fair."
"The staff were nice and the horses were all extremely well behaved."
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Amber Pfeiffer
4 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!
Keith Munroe
a year ago
First off this place is about 2 miles down a bumpy dirt road.I bought a 1 hour trail ride on groupon so I expected to be on the trail for 1 hour,but it was only about 35 -40 min on the trail so it SHOULD NOT BE CALLED A 1 HOUR TRAIL RIDE.Total RIPOFF.They tell you to get there a 1/2 hour early to sign in and fill out paper work for liability,but no one was there until 3:30 the time the trail ride was supposed to start. The 1 hour is getting helmets and getting on the horse and doing exercises so our ride didn't start until 3:50.Also a VERY SLOW ride.Save your money or find some place other than Cornerstone.Will never go back or recommend them to anyone.The only positive was the weather it was beautiful.Also the trail was very muddy so if you do want to waste your money and go wear old clothes.
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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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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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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.
Sheba Neak
a year ago
Very unprofessional service. I went there for my anniversary and drove 2 hours out from Boston. We bought our ticket through Groupon. My boyfriend made reservations specifically for our anniversary day and the woman Sue said we weren't on the list and basically just told us to leave even though she had 2 extra horses, AND we were already on our horses. GEE shouldn't she have looked at her reservation list before she decided to put people on the horses? And I KNOW we DID make reservations because the website even asked for our weights and once the reservation was done it said "Congratulations, see you there". What really pissed me off was that when she didn't look at her "reservation list" yet, she was WILLING to use the 2 extra ponies for two people who came late. POOR customer service and she had no sympathy that we took the time to drive 2 HOURS to ride her damn horses. I will NEVER recommend this place. And when I asked how I could get a refund all she said was "OR you can just book another day". NO I will NOT drive 2 hours again for the customer service that I received from this place.
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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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Andrew Gallant
2 years ago
I used a Groupon to get 2 hour rides for my girlfriend and I for $70. (Regular $140.) The $70 price point was the sweet spot; I'm not sure if I'd go for $140. (But not because of the Cornerstone Ranch.) This was my second time going horseback riding, and my first time at the Cornerstone Ranch. The 2 hour horse ride was really phenomenal. It starts with you getting paired up with a horse, and getting acclimated with the reins. Our group leader was lively, had a great personality, and generally made the experience fun. (I only wish I was up closer to the front of the line during the trail ride; I was in the middle of the pack and couldn't hear her.) The actual trail takes you through wooded areas, grassy plains, over roads, up (and down) hills and even through some mud. I really loved the variety and frequent change in scenery---it made the trail ride far better than the one I had done before in Pennsylvania. All of the horses I observed appeared to be extremely well trained, docile and friendly. There wasn't even a hint of a mishap. Finally, the laid back atmosphere and wooded area was just really excellent. It just felt like a really great place to be. It's definitely worthy of another visit. (They do trail rides in the winter, which they recommended to us. They also do sleigh rides in the evening, and you get to come back to a huge fire. That also sounds like fun!)
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