Chenois Creek Horse Ranch

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Chenois Creek Horse Ranch
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Stacy Strickland
Seattle, WA765 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
After reading reviews for this place, we did not want to ride with them. However, Chenois Creek was the only place in the beach to ride horses when we went.

For $20/hour, you're definitely riding in a big group (think 20-25 people) and guided by a bunch of high school kids. While they may be experienced riders, the guides lack professionalism and don't actually give much guidance. On our ride, they were smoking, snacking and mainly talking amongst themselves. One gal did speak with the guest riders from time to time. Any directions were given broadly and through yelling short sentences.

They have a monopoly on the horseback riding, so it's doubtful anything will change. Hopefully the horses are well taken care of.

Regardless of that, it was a decent ride.
Written June 13, 2021
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Amanda A
Kalispell, MT40 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We chose to go on a ride with some friends while visiting from out of state. It was my eight year old’s first time on a horse and she was really nervous. I hadn’t ridden a horse for over ten years, so I wouldn’t consider myself anywhere near expert, but I felt the need to continuously guide my daughter as her horse would start running and she struggled to slow it down., Meanwhile, for a large portion of the ride three guides (teens) were texting or hanging back and racing each other. Overall the ride was fun because of the gorgeous views and the mostly well behaved horses. For the amount of money they are taking in each hour (around $2000), you’d think the workers could pretend like they are happy to be there and make new riders feel comfortable.
Written July 20, 2021
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Italy2015
Naples, Italy2 contributions
Jul 2021
The horses were beautiful and the lady who checked us in was very helpful and nice, however, the three teenage girls they have as 'guides' were horrible. I would gladly have paid the extra $5 at Honey Pearl Ranch had I known three teenage girls who acted like they were forced to be there were going to be our guides (and this was the first horse company we came to on the beach). My 8 year old and my cousin's 14 year old (never been on a horse before) were the first on their horses and the horses had walked forward about 5 steps, one of the girls started yelling at them that if they couldn't control their horses they would be taken off and wouldn't be allowed to go on the tour. While on the tour they constantly yelled to stop the horses from trotting even though they trotted every time you let up on the reigns. The smart thing would be for them to be up front and control the speed of the pack but instead they stayed to the side and just yelled at people. At the end they yelled at us to keep the horses before the rope and 'I hope you enjoyed your tour' in the most bored voice I have ever heard on a tour. These girls are the reason there are jokes about how bad millenials are at working and dealing with people.
Written July 20, 2021
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Jim and Renee
Olympia, WA36 contributions
Apr 2022
The horses looked to be in good health. Time could be spent grooming the horses prior to putting the tack on. One horse came back lame from a ride and frankly the person riding it should have been asked to dismount as soon as the horse was injured. The staff acknowledged it was hurt and said it would be going out but did nothing to help it. They didn't unsaddle it or have someone take it back to the stable. The horse was tied up and had it's leg lifted in the air. It was just sad. One of the riders in our group was kicked by one of the horses while on her horse. She was kicked in the foot and was injured. The staff should put red ribbons on known kickers so people can have a visual.
Written May 2, 2022
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JNTho
9 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
My six year old daughter was excited to have her first "real" horse ride. But, they gave her a horse that didn't want to go and he kept turning around and hightailing it for their camp and the guides would go on their horses and try to turn him back. He didn't like that, so he'd pin his ears back and, dance around, whip his head up and down, then take off at a quick trot up to the group and turn and hightail it again.

They hollered at my daughter to pull back on the reins, which she did, with all her strength, but it wasn't enough to deter the horse. She's 6 and this was her first horseback riding experience, so her strength was limited and she didn't have the skills to handle a headstrong horse. She held on great but her feet kept slipping out of the stirrups and and after about the fourth repeat of the horse taking off back for camp, having aggressive interactions with the guides' horses, and suddenly increasing speed on her she eventually got scared and said she wanted off.

At which point, they told us to get off because "if she wants off she has to get off." I get that, you shouldn't force a kid, or anyone, to ride. But it was really poorly handled. There were four guides and none of them could get her horse under control. None took him by the reins, or even spoke a kind or encouraging word to my daughter. No offer to lead the horse or any solution other than to get off mid ride.

The young women guides were quite standoffish and snippy with everyone from the start, I should have known then.

So anyway, we got off and they left us, and we had to walk a couple miles back. Great. That was fun.

Really poor choice of a horse for a kid, poor management of it, and they didn't care about her experience or us being left behind one bit. We told the man at the camp and he shrugged. No refund.
Written July 1, 2021
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Jon G.
Ocean Shores, WA5 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We checked in three days in a row and they kept telling us to come back, they were booked. We came back by noon on our third and final day and they said they were booked for the rest of the day. I said, "I thought you don't take reservations." We were willing to stand there and wait for an hour for the next ride. But the employee said "Once a ride gets full we start taking reservations for the next ride." Why didn't she tell us that on the previous two times we stopped by for information. We will never come back. Horses looked bedraggled and employees looked unkempt. I will take my money and business to an outfit that demonstrates more care for employees, animals, and customers alike. Shame on them.
Written April 6, 2021
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Julie T
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Family
One of the employees that was in a camp hoodie would NOT stop cussing. Many kids were in the ride. All 4 girls argued about what order all of the people should go on the horses right in front of us. Then one of my girls asked for a slower horse cause it was her second hour ride and she put her on the wrong horse. One of the employees pointed it out and the employee said that she is NOT going to move the girl off cause she’s already on. So they were definitely there just to get $$. The horses also looked extremely thirsty. I gave it a 2 because my daughter ignored the cussing and enjoyed being on a horse.
Written July 19, 2020
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Notherjack
Wenatchee, Washington11 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
The horses were gentle and well behaved and the staff were very helpful. One girl in particular took extra time helping our very nervous 6 year old granddaughter which saved the day for all. The experience was well worth the money.
Written August 18, 2021
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Mo lim
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Couples
Paid to ride the horses but changed my mind. We were here since 11am and saw NONE of the horses got WATER. I couldn’t get myself to ride one. They don’t seem to care for their animals. They come back and 5 minutes later the go back out.
Written September 7, 2020
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Heather D
1 contribution
May 2022
Stay away from this place! Horses are agitated and unkept. Saddles are not tightened between rides. I was slammed to the ground after my horse bucked and my saddle went sideways. The staff's response? 'You got too close to a horse he (my horse) didn't like. It took the staff 10 minutes to get my horse calm down. I had to walk back!! No one helps you! I have a concussion and can barely walk. I must say the lady who checked me in was very nice, but the young guides are rude, uneducated and frankly, dangerous. Spend the extra $10 and to to Honey Pearl Ranch!
Written June 6, 2022
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