People rarely leave Coal Creek Stables. Most of the current boarders have been there for many, many years. There's a reason for that. People don't stay at stables that long unless they know there is no place better. I have a pretty high standard for how my horses should be taken care of and have been to several different barns over the last few years because none were ever up to par. At the past stables none were ever able to keep my horses at a healthy weight and often never let me know when my horses were injured. I have NEVER trusted a stable with my horses well being until I moved to Coal Creek. Michelle cares for the horses like they are her own! The hay is GREEN and my horses love it. My farrier made a comment about how much my horses had calmed down after only a month of being there. They know when they are going to be fed and they know they will be fed WELL. My 3 horses have been stabled here for over a year now and I am so happy to have found this place. It is the longest I have stayed at a barn in a very long time. I am still happy and so are my horses! I will stay at Coal Creek until the day I get my own property, whether that be tomorrow or 10 years from now. Its not a fancy, upscale facility. Its an older barn run by a nice rodeo family. There's not heated bathrooms or club house. But there is a wonderful tight knit community of people who love their animals and best of all an owner who cares more about your 4 legged children than the money in your pocket. No barn is perfect, but this place is damn near it. If you want a quiet, no drama barn that will care for your horses like you would, Coal Creek is the place.
I COMPLETELY agree with the previous review, and after finding a much better boarding situation I felt compelled to say something. The owner was very nice but the place is poorly run. Their idea of turning horses out and bringing them back in is quite literally opening all of the stall doors and letting them do a mad gallop through the barn aisles and out to their pens. Horses end up together that shouldn't be, they kick each other and generally just go nuts during this process. I mentioned my concerns about this and the response I got was that I shouldn't come out during that time. My usually very gentle horse was constantly on edge, especially after a few of the above turnout rodeos where I had to shoo away kicking horses while he was in the cross ties. There wasn't room for my tack (one saddle, one trunk), and the owner even acknowledged this when I got there (I assumed someone could at least make room for me - but nope). Pens were sloppy, I found obviously moldy hay being fed to my horse on more than one occasion and oh - the kicker - I paid them to feed supplements. This wasn't part of the paddock boarding situation but I paid extra for the service. They made it seems like this was such a hassle and I was later told that my horse wouldn't eat them so they stopped feeding them (after I noticed I had more than I should). My horse has never refused food in his life - he'll steal pizza from you if given the chance. There's no WAY he'd ever turn down his grain. I tried to work through the kinks, but my horse is a million times happier elsewhere and I'm so glad I moved him.
I have been keeping horses for 40 years at different barns, with trainers and at my own place. I ran a riding program at Coal Creek for 10 years. After closing the program, I continue to keep my own horse at Coal Creek because she is very happy there. The barn is excellent for my situation now, was a great blessing during the time of my youth riding program. All barn communities require co-operation, good relationship skills, flexibility and must fit your current needs . Still, the owner of the horse is ultimately responsible for the details of their horses life. My experience has always been that the Martins are very reasonable to work with and completely commited to the welfare of my horses' needs. Michelle has a vast knowledge of horses and endless compassion. She is the main reason I recommend the barn to people: her knowledge, commitment and availability is rare. I love the friendly old barn with lots of stories to tell...and how content my once-skitsy horse has become there.