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Gold Creek Equestrian Center
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16528 148th Ave NE Woodinville, WA 98072
16528 148th Avenue NortheastUSWashingtonWoodinville98072
(425) 806-4653gold-creek.com
Horse Riding School, Stable
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"Gold Creek is great place for horseback riding lessons for kids."
"Really fun place to ride, horses have great personalities and are very spirited!"
"I've fallen off twice and the footing broke my fall."
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Katie Lynn
4 months ago
Since I noticed that most of these reviews are 5 months old or older I thought I'd update people on the current standards here at Gold Creek. I've ridden there for now a full year and let me tell you a lot has changed in the past two months. They replaced the footing and railing in the main indoor arena and the lesson horses are being well treated! Yes, some of them are overworked but they love their job. All the lesson horses get moody and mean, I've been to multiple barn with the same problem. They get tired of the little kids always poking and prodding them, or brushing them to harshly. For example, thoroughbreds are known to have very sensitive skin and brushing irritates the skin, so the horses natural response to discomfort is to rid of it hence, pinning of the ears and nipping. Yes Zues, Joy, Tugg, Louie, Lexi and the other lessons horses are not the nicest but that is not all their fault. I've fallen off twice and the footing broke my fall. Gold Creek is a good place for your kids as well for your self and the staff is very friendly. The owner is one of the nicest guys and he is very considerate. All the trainers are nice and very skillful. You'll learn a lot by coming here. I sure did!
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Taylor Sharnbroich
a year ago
I love Gold Creek. My horse has been boarded here for almost 3 months and loves it. Very clean and safe. The instructors are amazing as well! Would recommend to anyone :)
Bobbi L
2 years ago
As a past boarder and a frequent observer of the lesson program, I am appalled at how the Gold Creek program takes advantage of those without experience or the background to judge the quality of horse or instructor. Gold Creek employs teens with NO qualifications and little to no experience outside of Gold Creek, to teach riding lessons and charges more than many qualified instructors. When a quality instructor does come to Gold Creek, they move on quickly after realizing that no professional would wish to have their name associated with the barn. Gold Creek has a property with great potential. However, in the hands of the present ownership, necessary repairs go undone, regular veterinary care is routinely skipped, and tack and equipment are worn and at times unsafe. School horses support school programs. Income is earned on their backs. Every care should be taken to ensure that they are happy, well cared for and contented. Unfortunately this does NOT apply to the school horses at GC. Poorly schooled, sour, unhappy horses are not good teachers. Students cannot be expected to learn when they cannot trust their mount to be trustworthy. And above all, school horses must be SAFE. That certainly cannot be said of the GC school horses. Bad habits, bad manners and unsafe behavior under saddle is routinely tolerated. When the behavior is judged too bad, no reschooling takes place, instead punishment is delivered in a highly unprofessional manner often in front of impressionable young students. As a long time A circuit competitor, a former manager for one of the most highly respected trainers on the West Coast, and a horseman, I find the behavior of the GC management shameful, unethical and ignorant. Their continued poor management of the facility, horses and clients will someday result in a tragic accident. The GC program is an assembly line where students are shuttled in and out on a tight schedule with no time to develop the vital skills of horsemastership. GC has frequent instructor/trainier turnover. The reason is clear. Any professional horseman would rather be unemployed than have their name associated with this facility. I makes me furious that so many students with a love of horses and a desire to learn are being molded to think this is how a well run barn should be. They don't have enough knowledge to realize they are being taken advantage of, let alone to realize they are themselves being put at risk. If you are looking for a reputable facility, please ask around. Talk to your local equine vet or to the local tack store. Visit other barns! We are so lucky to have many QUALITY facilities in this area. Don't waste your money at Gold Creek!
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Love Life
2 years ago
Ive ridden other horses at other barns with other insrustors and I always return to Gold Creek. Home is where the heart is!
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Patricia Jendro
9 months ago
I have been boarding my daughter's horse here for over a year. The care is excellent, but I have to agree with the earlier reviews about the footing. It is horrible, and the owners have no interest in spending the money to fix it for the long term. I dared to express my concerns about the footing, and the owner reacted by telling me that I was negative and that she didn't think that Gold Creek was a good fit for me. I don't know about being negative. I have promoted the horse shows at this facility ever since I moved here. I have worked very hard to try and change the reputation that this facility had way before I ever moved here, and by expressing my concerns about the footing I am no longer welcome. I stood up for my horse and his well being and I am the problem. If this is the way you want to be treated, then by all means, move your horse to Gold Creek, but remember, No good deed goes unpunished!
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Adelaide J
a year ago
I have been riding at gold creek for about 2-3 months now, and this is what i thought of it. I learned to ride at a pretty well-known and respected barn back in So-Cal and i have to say i was quite suprised when i came here. I mean, ive only been riding for about two years now so take my opinion with a grain of salt but, the facility is pretty gross. I know it rains a lot and its a freaking horse barn so i can't complain about the mud but i mean the lobby is soooo dusty. Also, i ride Roy, and i love him to death, but I don't think he is trained very well. If you do anything he pretty much responds witha buck. I spent last weeks lesson training him to respond to the whip properly. I probably wouldnt put a young child on him. Well thats pretty much it. I love my instructor, though :)
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Kristina K
2 years ago
Really fun place to ride, horses have great personalities and are very spirited! It's the best place I have ever ridden at, and I recommend it to everyone! Beginners and those of more experience.
Eric Coffield
2 years ago
I've ridden other horses at other barns with other instructors and I always return to Gold Creek. Home is where the heart is.

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