Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center

Horse Riding
3875 Bark Hill Rd, Union Bridge, MD 21791 3875 Bark Hill Rd, Union Bridge Directions
Today 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Closed All Hours
+14105962865
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    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon-Fri
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 2 years ago
When I originally scheduled the trail ride, I stated that I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to make it to the Equestrian Center by 4 (I had not originally wanted that date at all but the woman on the phone worked very hard to try and find a date that would work). The woman I spoke with stated that 4:30 would work also. I said that I should be able to make it, but my children did not get out of school until 2:45 and I would have to get the younger ones to a babysitter before making it to the appointment. Never was I told that if we were 15 minutes late we would forfeit out appointment, in fact I made it clear that we might have to be late. I was able to arrange for a babysitter to meet me at the school parking lot so my older daughter and I were able to leave the school directly at 2:45, however traffic was very heavy on 695 and it was between 4:15 and 4:20 when we actually showed up. No one was there. We walked around the office and stable, called out, and I went back to my car to leave a message. No one answered the phone but while I was leaving a message, a young man rode up on a horse from across the field -- at this point we had been at the stable for well over five minutes. He stated that because we were more than 15 minutes late we would need to forfeit our appointment. In addition, he stated that he had called several times to find out where we were and tell us of this policy, I showed him my cell phone where it showed the only call to or from the Equatrian Center was the one I had made at 4:23 looking for a staff member. Nor was there a message on my phone. I knew there were no other appointments available because the center is moving later in the month, so rescheduling was not an option. I told the gentleman that this was my daughter 13th birthday, we had just driven an hour an half to be here and could he just make our ride shorter. He proceeded to tell me that there is no way to make the ride shorter and that there were other appointments scheduled for that night so there was no way to take us out. At this point, I am VERY upset and ask to talk to someone else (he tells me he is the ONLY one I can talk to). I then point at that it is just now 4:30 and I certainly have at LEAST another half an hour that I have paid for. He tells me that he can squeeze in a thirty minute lesson for my daughter and I, and tells me this is worth more than our trail ride anyway. My daughter and I then spend the next thirty or forty minutes riding a horse in circles around a barn. He did give my daughter pointers on her riding but it certainly was not the hour trail ride I had originally purchased. The only reason I agreed to the "lesson" was because it was my daughters birthday and she had been so excited for her birthday treat. We were both very disappointed by the experience. And I feel like he lied to me about several issues. When we left at 5:15, there were no other customers waiting. He he had just taken us out for our hour trail ride when we got there, instead of arguing with me for at least ten minutes about not being able to help us, we would have left the center at the same time and I would have been a satisfied customer and my daughter would have had a much happier birthday.
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Report | 2 years ago
Based upon their website, the experience fell well below that expectation.
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Report | 2 years ago
Friendly guide. The Center sits at the end of a long driveway next to/behind the high school. The sign does NOT say Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center so you may not want to enter, but you will find it at the end of the driveway.
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Report | 2 years ago
Located behind a school - just follow the dirt road and you'll see the farm/stables. Tyler did an awesome job.
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Report | 2 years ago
It was a great experience. Everyone was so nice. I plan to go again soon!
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Report | 2 years ago
Get there early. I got a little lost. It is right behind the Francis Scott key high school.
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Report | 2 years ago
Call before you go to make sure that they are running on schedule. We ended up waiting for a while because the group before us arrived late.
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Report | 3 years ago
This is a pristine well run organization. The horses are well cared for. The trail guide was informative.
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Report | 3 years ago
Tyler made us feel very comfortable riding
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Report | 3 years ago
The best horse back riding place. People are very helpful just don't forget to bring cash for tips coz it's nowhere near banks.
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From Our Editors

Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center’s Scott Purdum has felt at home among horses his entire life. His parents recognized his comfort and prodigious skills with the animals when he was extremely young, and bought him his own horse when he was just 3 years old. Unlike many youngsters, who quickly tire of a sport or only participate for the promise of halftime puppy giveaways, Scott’s passion grew, leading him to show in hunter and pleasure by the age of 6 and go on to study equine science at the University of Maryland. Naturally, this level of familiarity with the animals lends him a high degree of authority when helping humans expand their horsemanship knowledge and training for all breeds. He’s even translated his skills into a television series in which he covers common training and riding topics. At Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center, he works with a team of horse experts to lead trail rides and provide training. Scott’s riding instruction extends to the disciplines of both English and Western riding, which he disseminates through lessons, clinics, training DVDs, and several articles.

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