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“Wonderful experience, and were coming back next Fall”

Adirondack Equine Center
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Owner description: While visiting the Adirondacks and Lake Placid be sure to include horseback riding for one of your most memorable of your vacation activities. Family run, we offer the gentlest horses in the area and unlike most stables we keep them through retirement. We also run a Horse Rescue, and most of our horses came from auctions and other, unfortunate circumstances. Rides are approximately 45-50 minutes with an additional instructional lesson prior to the ride to help you familiarize yourself with how the horses have been trained and answer any questions you may have. Longer rides available for year 2012. SEI certified helmets provided. Children and Family friendly. We are an easy drive from Saranac Lake, Keene, Wilmington, Plattsburgh, and Essex areas. Walking distance from Main Street in Lake Placid.
Reviewed September 30, 2011

My family and I come up every year to Lake Placid, and with three 9 year old triplets, you can imagine we are alway look for new and fun stuff to do. The Equine Center was very helpful and the kids loved going for a trail ride. It was only the second time they had every been riding, and they had a blast. They were "So Excited" Travis our guide was extra attentive, and walked along the entire time just to make sure the kids were happy and safe. We really appreciate the extra attention, our family requires. I would recommend if you have a some free time head over and take a ride, sweet horses, and great people.

Thank Grace T
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

My daughter and granddaughter had a terrible experience here. We all know that people can fall off horses and that is a risk we take, but to have no emergency protocol in place is unforgiveable. My daughter fell off her horse, was unconscious for 2 minutes, broke her collar bone in 3 places. No 911 was called because the owner of the horse riding facility didn't even have a cell phone. He is irresponsible and unprepared for emergencies.

6  Thank cladoyle11
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AdkHorse, Manager at Adirondack Equine Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2011

Dear Reviewer,

Given the fact that participating in equine sports has its inherent risks we have one of the best safety records in the business. Many riders who have ridden at our stable will attest to the safety measures that we take prior to mounting a horse. These riders vary from beginners (including young children) to experts. Here at the Adirondack Equine Center, we take the extra time to ascertain a guest's riding ability (including your daughters) to that of the personality of the horse.

We thoroughly explain emergency procedures prior to the mounting process. If anyone is nervous or scared we even walk along side their horse to ensure a comfort. We run hundreds of people through a month and this was the first injury in several years.

In your daughters particular case her horse (as they sometimes do) took a few faster steps to catch up with the rest of the group. Horses are grazing animals who seek security within its own herd.

Your daughter was caught off guard (which is a safety rule that we reiterate in the orientation lesson) leaving her horses' reins extremely loose. As she pulled on the reins with an attempt to bring up the slack, her body position leaned back on the horse, causing immediate imbalance issues. Unfortunately she tried to regain her balance by grabbing onto the horse with her legs which immediately translates the need for acceleration to the horse.

Your daughter could not regain her balance and searched for a safe place to land. In this situation, there is no safe nor effective way of dismounting a horse. If she had a good hand position or utilized the proper techniques (also covered in the orientation lesson) to shorten her reins, her horse would simply have stopped when asked.

In regards to the claims made above we understand that you were not there and facts can be understood in different ways.

Your daughter was never unconscious, but rather had the wind knocked out of her. Ascertaining her alertness and eliminating the possibility of any life threatening conditions were the very first actions accomplished. The situation was explained to her and that her lack of breath would slowly return shortly. She gave clear indication she understood. As your daughter and granddaughter were the only experienced riders, it was a priority to divert attention back to the other members of the group (including a younger child) in order to ensure their safety and negate the potential for further problems.

Your daughter quickly regained her breath and when asked who she wanted us to call, her will was to give me her cell phone with the numbers already present in speed dial. Your daughter's sister was called and arrived several minutes later. She was able to walk to her sisters car without medical assistance.

There were several unbiased witnesses (including a Certified First Responder) to the incident that confirmed that there were no errors, nor delays made in the way we examined the incident. In fact the other riders in the group completed the remainder of the ride expressing they had a very pleasant time.

We understand how important family members are and sympathize with you, but unfortunately despite all the precautions one can take, some accidents are simply unavoidable.

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Reviewed July 31, 2011

I'll admit that I'm not a seasoned rider, however, it is clear that these horses are well cared for and your safety is first and foremost. Travis takes more then enough time to ensure you are comfortable and are going to have a great ride. My wife, who is a seasoned rider, had a good time, but it was my kids that really enjoyed the experience. They had plenty of time to get acquainted with the horses and learn their names (as well as their quirky habits). It was a good experience, however, don't expect too much excitement. The horses know the trail and the lead horse is walked through the path. You get some great views of Mirror Lake and the surrounding countryside, but if your looking for something for the experienced rider, this is not it. This is clearly for tourists, however, unlike other places that I've been, the focus is on ensuring you have a great time and the horses are well cared for.

One last comment, this is expensive compared to other places I've been for the length of the horse ride.

1  Thank Jeremee W
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

The trail ride itself was not that spectacular but the view of the mountains was great. Shorter ride then expected. The one thing that stood out about this place was the care in making sure the people and horses are safe and understand exactly what they should do if something were to happen. I would recommend this to anyone.

2  Thank matpat3488
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

We had a great time horse back riding. Travis and natalia are very knowlegable and take great care od their horses.

Thank Kallij
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