I've been a volunteer/leaser/student for SIX years. Why do I keep coming back? keep reading! If you're looking for a sterile fancy pants place to ride without learning, keep walking, this is not your place. If you're looking to LEARN what a real farm is about, how to actually RIDE-instead of just sit on-a horse this IS your place! If you're just looking for a trail ride, or riding lesson, they definitely offer that (with a groomed,tacked horse, ready to go), but there is just SO MUCH MORE. You can still have a great time on a trail ride or lesson, BUT you won't be able to go above your proficiency level. Understand that is for your safety & the horses, you'll STILL have FUN! Are the horses ""too tired"" to respond? Not at all. If you know how to ride, they respond nicely, if you're challenged, they will baby sit you instead, not move too quickly, the horses DO know the difference. Everything at the farm is safety first. The bridge from the parking lot to the farm is a SAFE adventure. If you're scared of that first step, you probably shouldn't be riding, either. Horses don't come with padding & safety net attached. The horses are well cared for, but we live in the PacNW here-it rains! The owners are two of the most genuine, caring people I know, if you take the time to find out. You can learn a whole lot from them. Colleen is a Horsewoman who has vast knowledge of horses & a farm. Her teaching style is caring & she explains the 'why' that goes along with her instruction. Shannon is a published Writer/School Teacher whose style is ""fork your own broncs"" (that's an old west term for ""take care of your own stuff""!). She teaches you to be independent. The horses being mistreated, beaten or things thrown at actual PEOPLE by the owners??! Completely fabricated lies. Do the horses get disciplined? Absolutely, if needed. Dominance is a part of horse training-read up! If you ""baby"" a horse, or ignore indiscretions (can you imagine doing that with your kids?), you'll get nowhere fast. It is only done when needed, NEVER as a beating. Love, Language & Leadership-all in equal doses. You may outgrow HCF in skill and ability. They expect this. They will give you, or your children, an excellent foundation. For many of us, it's our HOME & we're happy where we are!