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“Made my day!”
Review of Okanagan Stables

Okanagan Stables
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Owner description: PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... Horseback Riding at it's best since 1987! From novice to advanced rider, for children as young as 2 years old to seniors all are welcome! Whether you simply would like to meet the horses, learn about the grooming and saddling, improve your horsemanship skills or just enjoy this beautiful area on horseback, we can create the right experience for you. Riders of different skill levels can be accommodated in the same group. OUR MOST POPULAR PROGRAM IN JULY AND AUGUST IS THE RIDE AND SWIM AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO RIDE OR SWIM!!
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
“Made my day!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

I never really rode a lot before I went to a trailride at the Okanagan Stables. But since the deal mostly with beginners I found myself in very competent hands. Prior to the ride the gave me and my girlfriend instructions and some handy tricks when dealing with horses. The horses were really great - very intelligent and well-trained. We enjoyed our trailride and had great fun. Doing the trailride I was amazed we got to ride through open graslands, pineforest, dense zeadergroth near the river with beautiful and astonishing views through the mission creek valley. In July they will be offering the swimming with the horses program: I'll be back for sure!

Visited June 2013
Thank Julius L
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“Awesome Experience at Lake Okanagan Stables!”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

My sister-in-law and 9 year old niece had never ridden before and wanted to try. Lake Okanagan Stables was the best bang for our buck plus had excellent customer service. Not only did they accomodate our family group last minute they also gave us a great price (better than any other stables we called). The staff took the time to teach each of us in the ring how to ride a horse and made sure we were comfortable before taking us out on the trail. We had awesome weather and a fantastic trail ride that was much longer than what we paid for. I would definitely recommend Lake Okanagan Stables for their excellent customer service and the wonderful experience! We will be going back!

Visited May 2013
Thank justinmcq
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
“Fun Fun Fun!!!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Spectacular scenery! The staff is knowledgeable and very personable. Peter, the owner, gave both me and my daughter valuable one on one training and instruction prior to riding which we were able to use right away to increase our safety and confidence. My daughter and I were impressed in every way with our experience. Bathroom facilities were tidy. We had an unforgettably fun time and would recommend this company to anyone. This will be a memory to ponder years from now. Absolutely worth it to check it out!

Shauna and Jazz

Visited May 2013
Thank Shauna M
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Abbotsford, Canada
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Terrible First Aid and Customer Concern!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

In the early part of July 2012, my 13 year old son and myself went on a vacation to Kelowna. While there we went for a horseback ride at Okanagan Stables. We own 2 of our own horses and have been on several international trail rides and have never experienced such awful service. On the way back from our trail ride, my horse spooked badly and I was thrown off from the horse. I lay on the ground for several minutes before someone came to my aid. The "professional" instructor said "are you ok?" and without checking to see if I was hurt or in shock he told me to get back on another horse and finish my ride. I can honestly say that I was in so much shock that I do not remember my 10 minute ride to the stables, but what I do remember is that he was quick to ask for my Visa so I could complete my payment and then he sent me and my son on our way without even asking if I needed a drive home. Needless to say I went straight to the hospital where I stayed for the day. I have been off work since with a contusion of the sacrum and a moderate to severe concussion.

I know we signed the waiver, but to not due your due diligence as a business owner let alone a human being is disgraceful. Accidents do happen and I am well aware of that, but to not offer some sort of assistance (call for medical help, glass of water, call the next day, etc...) to check in is bad business. I will tell everyone I know to not go there!!!

Visited July 2012
9 Thank Lina T
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PeterO695, Owner at Okanagan Stables, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
i am quite shocked to read your side of the story..... when i reached you had already stood up and brushing yourself off stating you were ok (it does take a moment to secure my horse )
had you still been on the ground i would have asked you NOT TO MOVE till i made a full assessment of possible injuries. But.you insisted you were ok and you mounted the horse unassisted, on the return trip i asked you several time if you were ok and you responded positively .okanagan stables is the only adventure operation that does NOT TAKE PAYMENT UP FRONT and the reasons are twofold you trust us with your life and we trust you with our money and if you feel we have not earned the payment for our services you have the chance right then and there to say so and if not getting payed for our service to make a customer happy we will not deny them SINCERELY PETERO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Staff training session gone bad!”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

It seemed like a trip with a lot of potential as the area has beautiful views. The owner spent too much time training his staff and we spent over an hour getting ready and very little time on the trails. There was an unforeseen issue with shooting targets being set up along the trail and the fake animals scared the horses. It was a very unenjoyable ride and when it came time to pay we were unhappy with how the owner handled feedback. The rates should have been adjusted more for the training and shortened ride.

4 Thank Melaniemc99
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