A friend of mine purchased a GroupOn voucher for Park Place Stable, and so off we drove into the Malibu Hills. Upon arrival we were met by a very friendly gal whom we signed waivers with and, gave us a very short "reigning" overview, and sized us up for helmets. Our group was comprised of varied riding levels...from very limited to very experienced. After horses were assigned (and I will say they were nice horses...fit, healthy, and well tempered) we mounted up in an order that resulted in the most experienced rider behind the guide, and the most inexperienced rider at the end of the line. Our guide, Marcos--I learned only having asked his name!--set off, and only very seldom checked behind him to see if riders were keeping up. For most of the ride he was so far ahead of the end of the group that the last and most inexperienced rider was completely out of his sight! As an experienced trail rider, I found this to be completely unprofessional and beyond unsafe! In addition, the guide was unfriendly, rude, and impatient with the inexperienced riders. One girl had mentioned that her stirrups were too short, and he rolled his eyes at her! Had the nice gal been at the barn upon our return I would have mentioned my disappointment in our guide to her. I did tell our guide that I thought his lack of attention to the inexperienced riders was a concern. I would not visit this barn again.
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