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“Great for kid's birthday party”
Review of Dead Broke Farm

Dead Broke Farm
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Owner description: Dead Broke Farm has a 110 acres of wood trails and more than 75 horses for all experience levels.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had my son's 7th birthday party at Dead Broke. It was so much fun. The kids had a blast. You get to ride the horses and feed the other animals (chickens and rabbits). They have a area for the birthday party and the guides are very helpful. I love to hear the story of all the horses. I would recommend!

1  Thank Kelly M
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Overall, this farm is a nightmare. Beware of the summer camp reviews. Parents of campers are promised a free tshirt/lunch box/reward for writing positive reviews.
The staff are rude, with a few exceptions. The owner is usually intoxicated, cursing and yelling. The owner's mother who signs people in is usually mean, yelling, and cursing as well. Volunteers and employees are treated poorly, as are customers. Employees are not given time to eat lunch, unless there is a gap in rides (and even then, they are expected to do other chores and skip lunch). If there is little gap, they are not allowed to rest or take a break to eat.
In medical situations, staff has no idea how to respond. They are not trained, nor do they respond appropriately.
There are many young individuals riding without helmets, and many trails are led by younger individuals with no concept of appropriate social skills, or concern for others. The owner and her mother are very rude to clients and customers, and are known to yell at riders for fear and or lack of knowledge. The riding demonstration is insufficient, and no trail manners are discussed.
Safety is of no concern, whether it is the clients' or the employees' safety we are discussing. Underage workers are not wearing helmets (positive as I discussed one's age with her. She was 14 and wearing no helmet.) Clients are taught very little, and little attention is paid to individuals as they ride.
In fact, the owner (Carla) is known to talk on the phone while leading trails. No big deal so long as she is also paying attention to the riders...which she does NOT do. Many of the trail guides text or play on their phones while riding, and pay no mind to the clients.
I saw one drop her phone while playing a game. She then made another guide get off and get it because she was riding with a young (under 5yo) child! Playing on your phone, while riding WITH a young child is unacceptable.
In addition, the young child was wearing no helmet. The reasoning? If they were to wear a helmet, it would hit the chin of the employee riding with them.
As for summer camp, campers are guaranteed an hours ride every day. Commonly, employees are told the kids won't know...just do 45 minutes. The children, after they have ridden have very little supervision if any. They spend one hour, or a 5+ hour day on a horse, and the rest is free time. They are hardly supervised, and a lot of "someone else is watching them" mindset tends to occur. It is not safe for the kids.
Avoid DBF at all costs. Your well-being is not worth it.

5  Thank Zanonymous
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Carla C, Owner at Dead Broke Farm, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

This review was clearly written by an employee or volunteer who was let go. There is very little truth to what they have written with one notable exception. We do give camper's parents the opportunity to write a review about their child's experience online, and we allow their child to pick out a DBF shirt for doing so. We aren't 'buying' the review, since they wouldn't write it if their child didn't enjoy our camp, and they write it from their own perspective... it's their words, not mine. We do this because people who are dissatisfied with their experience are highly motivated to share their view online, while those who enjoyed their ride don't often think to take the time to write about it. I'd just like for people to see both viewpoints. I think it's also important to note that camp reviews aren't the only reviews about our farm. There are also nice reviews about trail rides, birthday parties, and pony rides.

So take this review for what it's worth given that it's coming from a disgruntled employee or volunteer whose skills were insufficient to continue to work at my farm.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

My 9 year old daughter's favorite part of the half day camp was the long ride they took everyday. The guides were great at making her feel comfortable since this was her first experience on a horse. She was excited to go everyday!

2  Thank Melissa F
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

My 7 year old daughter is finishing up her first week of horse camp at Dead Broke Farm and she gives it a "two thumbs up!" She loves the morning and afternoon rides and all the time just hanging out and playing around the farm--something she doesn't get to do in town. She got lucky to be there a week when two foals were born-Bonus! I was worried about it being "so far out" but it really has easy access to I-540 which make the trip easy. Great way to fill a week of summer!

1  Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

My daughter had a wonderful time at DBF where she took part in a summer camp this week with a couple of her friends. She certainly enjoyed riding the horses on the trails - learning to trot was her favorite! What she enjoyed most however was learning all about caring for the horses. When she would get home each afternoon she would talk on and on about how much she enjoyed grooming her horse, and getting all the food out and ready each day. Not only did she learn to ride horses this week, but she also came away with an understanding and appreciation of all it takes to care for horses. She is already asking when she can come back to DBF!

1  Thank Cucmber4343
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