I know that I didn’t get to all the Twin Cities Stables. I didn’t make it to the West Metro because I couldn’t get in touch with any of the stables. Not for lack of trying, mind you, but we just couldn’t connect. Also, I didn’t hear back from the stables in Stillwater. I made an attempt to check out Seventh Farm in Hudson, but there, too, no one was around when I stopped by at our appointed time.
While it may sound like I am making excuses, I am simply trying to explain the lack of a complete picture of the stables around the area. There are so many stables to choose from that if one doesn’t seem a good fit, in all likelihood, there is another to try. You need to be comfortable with the facility and the horses. You need to feel known and cared for. You need to be given the tools to be successful.
Of the ones I visited, there are pros and cons to each. The number one priority for every single stable was Safety. Wearing helmets is required for all students no matter where you choose to learn. But let me give you a quick overview of each stable and my gut reaction.