Dead Broke Farm

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for the staff and experience at the Dead Broke Farm! The length and breadth of the ride made the purchase price a steal... worth every penny. I'm writing this review after we just got back after a beautiful fall's day ride for the occasion of my son's birthday. My wife, daughter, son, two friends and myself really had fun. We filled out a quick page of personal info, grabbed a provided helmet, (you don't need anything extra except horse-friendly treats if you want) and listened to Faith, (one of our guides) give us a quick but very informative lesson. Next we were all paired with a horse and the guides helped us to mount, (a stool and a helping hand are provided if you need them). Some of the horses took a drink and then we hit the trail. Our guides were Natalie, (in the lead) and Faith leading up the rear. We all felt very safe and our horses were extremely well trained. By the way, "Dead Broke" is an equestrian term for a horse that is so well trained that any rider can ride them. That was certainly how we all felt today. Another group had some children who couldn't have been much older than 6 or 7. They seemed a little nervous on first mounting but soon broke out in broad grins. The trail itself was very picturesque and as if on cue, we passed a family of 5 or 6 deer foraging in the woods. We looked at them and they looked at us like old friends. The ride was easy for whatever experience with a horse that you have, (I'm a beginner) and took you through woods, light graded hills and over some small creeks. It was a perfect blend of keeping your interest without intimidating the new riders. After our ride we had a chat with the very personable owner Carla Carlough and basically told her not to change anything. Carla and her staff work hard to keep the horses meticulously groomed and very gentle. If you're looking for some great family fun... you really should check out riding at Dead Broke. 


11/25/2012
Chip Darnell
Raleigh, NC
jdarnell2@nc.rr.com











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