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Best

Volunteering and working at this barn has changed my life. Growing up and watching a barn maintained almost solely by woman has been an inspiration. Marilyn and April have taught ...

Worst

I worked at Sloucms for 8yrs and while some of the things being said are true some are not. In response to Horsesinheart502 in the whole 8yrs I was there the horses were never abu...

Life Changing 3/27/2012

Volunteering and working at this barn has changed my life. Growing up and watching a barn maintained almost solely by woman has been an inspiration. Marilyn and April have taught me what it means to be a strong, proud, independent and driven woman. My college essay on perseverance was based on one of the foals born at the barn. This essay not only won me several scholarships, but helped me get into an Ivy League college as well as the University I currently attend. Not only this, but the time I have spent with these horses has influenced my career choice and I am now studying pre-vet. Since accepting a job at my university's highly esteemed large veterinary hospital I have learned a lot and I have been very happy. But to be honest, as wonderful of an experience as it is, it does not compare to Slocum's. Every day I have spent with this horses and my friends at this barn is a treasured memory for me. There will never be a place as truly life changing as this barn so I suggest you go check it out. I promise you will have a great time and may even become a return volunteer like me. (15 years strong!) more

A very sad place 2/24/2011

Unfortunately this has been a very sad place for a very long time. There are far too many animals for their wallet and as a result they are inadequately maintained. Perhaps the young eager girls don't know any better and thus rate Slocum's ""ranch"" with more than one star. It's also NOT going to be place where these girls will learn anything valuable about the world of true horsemanship. Locations have changed as they have never owned any of the locations where they have been. Other than location nothing seems to change: the horses aren't any better off and the Slocum family women are no more likeable. The ONLY reason I say don't stay away is because the horses need some loving of the attention that they MAY be getting from some starry-eyed youngsters. more

The Bad, The Sad, and The Ugly 2/8/2011

1. I have been riding for seventeen years. I have experience in almost every riding discipline. I train, own, love, and live for horses. They are my life and thusly, I have devoted my life to protecting and saving them. 2. I train a horse that was born, raised, and boarded at Slocum's until she was eight. I volunteered there for a year. I rescued two horses from there. I am more than versed in their conduct, morals, etc. 3. My ultimate goal in life is to have Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch shut down for good. Why? One mare died of heatstroke. She was a big, black Draft mare that had a history of overheating - and what did Slocums do? They took her on a trail ride in the middle of the day in the middle of the summer. And down she went. I have personally seen two cases (and heard of many more) of mares with tumors that kept them from living a quality life (one lived the last months of her life in a hot shed, bleeding all over her baby while she struggled to breathe). One of them was one that I had help rescue and her current owner was planning on moving her away from Slocum's when she went down on a cold December night.. let's just say that things went badly and the entire Slocum's farm wanted to keep a mare alive who was well into her late thirties, riddled with cancerous tumors, hundreds of pounds underweight, and neurologically unstable. I have helped feed at this farm and personally unbagged bags of bread that they get for free from local bread stores because it is considered inedible for people. I once asked if a loaf covered in penicillin should be thrown to them, and the response, and I quote, was ""No, what they don't eat, the pigeons will."" Slocum's is well-known to be tens of thousands of dollars in-debt to multiple veterinary clinics and farriers in the region. Veterinary clinics will NOT visit Slocum's because they never receive payment. The Slocum Family continuously INBREEDS their horses (for those of you familiar with the farm - Moonbeam, the daughter of Cochese, was bred back to Cochese for a baby that was allowed to be carried full-term), overbreeds their horses, and sells them to the public for dollars that would be much better-spent at a non-profit rescue organization like Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. Hooves at SAP (Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch) go un-trimmed. Tumors go un-biopsied. Mares (the one that I train and lease from her owner was ""unintentionally"" exposed to stallions THREE TIMES while at Slocum's - one of the babies died and the mare almost died in the birth of her first baby; I came to find out later that Slocum's had intentionally bred this mare without asking permission from the owners) are bred without consideration to bloodline, conformation, age, or health. I heard that SAP was trying to pass off as a non-profit horse rescue because they have some handicapped horses there.. babies at this farm, barely months old, already bear scars from the barb wire in which they've been entangled. Any horses that are handicapped here have been handicapped because of their surroundings. The Slocums horses have had to be surrendered to other rescues. The Virginia State Veterinarian had ordered Slocums to destroy several of their horses - which they did not do. The Slocums Family has had up to 119 horses at one time. These people, by all accounts, are hoarders, and need to be shut down for good. Do not buy horses from this farm (or from their affiliate, Ronnie Patsel). Do not ride at this farm. Do not board your horse at this farm. It's only a matter of time, Slocums. Your days are numbered. more

Would I recommend the Slocums to someone? 11/25/2010

It all depends on what you ask. I bought my first horse from there and I?m buying another one. The horses there have so much potential and many have gone on to be wonderful companions and even show horses. Marylyn knows every horse that has ever set hoof on her barn. And they often take in horses that would other wise have no place to go. Buying a horse there is like going to a garage sale and realizing how wonderful these animals are that others would have thrown away. The Slocums almost always go without so that the horses can have. I would buy countless horses from them. I would also say this is a great place to learn beginning ridding skills. You get real honest experience here. No frills or tied horses with a trainer lounging you to teach you to post. I think the only bone I have to pick with the Slocums is I would not keep a horse there. Personally I am able to afford better and so I give mine the best I can. It? has nothing to do with whether or not the Slocums care but more so with the fact that their hearts are too big and they often bite off more than they can chew. It?s a shame their appaloosa line is all but ruined because of all the babies they have taken on and the medical bills they have gathered over the years. But this is just the whole biting off more than they can handle. All of the negative comments seem to be from people with closed minds who only see what they want to see. I would volunteer here learn here and buy from here and encourage you to do the same. You won?t regret it. more

To all the people who don't understand and never will. 11/25/2010

Slocam's means more to me than anything else in my life. this barn has made me who i am today. april is like my second mother and i often refer to her as such. she is very close to my heart, and always will have a special place there. this review is to all the people who do not understand anything about this barn. the people who say April is ""mean"" to horses you my friend are truly stupid. you obviously do not know her at all. I have been riding at Slocum's since i was 4 years old. i still get out there as much as possible. my horse Panama came from April's and i love him as if he was my own son. people stop and tell me how beautiful he is constantly and when i tell them where he is from they act shocked. it doesn't shock me. April has many beautiful and wonderful horses that are not ""wild"". i have trained many of them myself. yes, we feed bread. so what? April and Marylyn would rather starve and sleep on the side of the road than have those horses go a day without food. i agree sometimes things get out of hand, but everybody has there ups and downs. next time you think about this farm dont ever say these people do not care for horses because if you think that you are probably one of the most ignorant people i have ever heard of. you probably don't understand and unless you try and take the time to understand you NEVER will. so go ahead blame us. yeah i said us. are you gonna judge me too? i could care less. We love each and everyone of our horses. And We shouldn't have to prove anything to you. So go ahead and be stupid and ignorant but we aren't sinking o your level. more

Sounds Awesome 11/20/2010

I have always heard wonderful things about this barn! I am close to a family who frequently rides at this barn and they have never had anything negative to say. My friends daughters are talented riders and horse fanatics. Their pictures are gorgeous, the barn looks fantastic and the horses look very happy and well cared for. From what I've heard I would definetly recommend this barn to anyone who is a horse lover wanting to take lessons or just go on a relaxing trail. I cant wait to plan a trip when my family comes into town! more

Visit this over 127 Acre Ranch at Private Hills Lane, Moneta 11/20/2010

I was so pleased to find this ranch so close to Roanoke! What a wonderful experience to ride on acres and acres of land, through beautiful woods and creeks. I loved my trail rides so much that I have taken lessons from one of the owners, April. She has taught me so much, not only how to ride but also how to care for and tack the horses. I volunteer whenever I can to help April and Marilyn (the owners) care for the herd of horses. It is so satisfying to help rehabilitate the abused or injured animals. Most people would kill horses if they can't be ridden, but at this ranch they allow them to live their lives to the end with dignity and love. I have never seen a horse suffer here. They receive veterinarian care when required. My life and the lives of the many young women and men who have volunteered here through the years have been greatly enhanced by the love we have shared with these exquisite animals. more

Visit before you judge 11/20/2010

I've been riding at Slocum's for almost four years now. I bought a horse from them last year. Many people who are judging the ranch have moved their horses elsewhere, and only after they've moved have they become 'above' the ranch and posted derogatory comments like the ones below. The ranch does not claim to be a fancy show stable. It is down to earth and practical. The ranch isn't a stable. It has over 150 acres of pasture that the horses share with only each other. The stalls are given to the older horses and the babies during the winter, so that they have the protection they need. This isn't a fancy place. The ring is a large, fenced-in area with cones to mark a circular perimeter. April does all of the lessons herself, and she's a very practical person. If April tells you that you've done something wrong, she explains why it is wrong and how to fix it. April doesn't believe in beating around the bush. She is very sweet towards young children, but if you're old enough to handle yourself, she is honest with you. This isn't polished and indoors, but April knows every one of her horses by name and temperament. There's nearly 80 horses on the farm. All of the horses are healthy. Some have problems that all horses have, such as eye problems or colds. But none of the horses are being neglected. April has horses that are 40 years old. The average horse's lifespan is 30 years. If she was neglecting these horses, they would NOT be living this long. My horse got injured in an accident. The details of the accident are irrelevant in this case, but he ended up with two huge gashes, one on his shoulder and one on his flank. April spent two hours pulling splinters out of these wounds and then months caring for him. She had to clean the wounds every day, and she always did, no matter how late it was. When the accident happened, the vet thought he might have to be put down. Thanks to April, he is now going out on trails every week, perfectly healthy. Someone who abused their horses would not have put the time and effort into saving my horse. The ranch is run on volunteers. I am one of them. Come to the ranch and see how we treat our horses. The horses are friendly, well-fed, and always pleased to get attention. Let us take you on a trail ride, we promise you'll have fun. more

We Love Horses 11/20/2010

I have been riding at Slocum's since I was 5 years old. I have been volunteering since I was 13. Anyone who said anything derogatory about the barn should be ashamed of themselves because they are either a) lying because they have never been to the barn or b) very closed minded. April and Marilyn love their horses. If they didn't love their horses they wouldn't go without electricity or other ""luxuries"" to feed and care for their horses. They take in abused or neglected horses not because we need them but because April couldn't stand to know that the horse may end up in the wrong hands and end up being further abused. At our new barn the horses have acres and acres of lush grass to graze on as well as access to creeks and shady woods. Our horses are all loved and trained, I should know because I have trained many of them myself. For those who say they were yelled at, well were you doing something dumb? This isn't an equine stable. Its in the name. It's a ranch. If you volunteer you ride for free so you need to work. That means feeding the horses, watering the horses, giving some of the older horses their medicine, tacking for trails, untacking, etc. And so we feed our horses bread. This is what the controversy is based on. Please tell me. What is in bread? Wheat. What is grain made out of? Wheat. So instead of spending $30 on a bag of grain that will feed a few horses we can spend the same amount on bread that feeds the entire herd. Thats what keeps our horses nice and plump. In Miami I ride at a top of the line facility and take lessons from an Olympic Rider, and to be honest, it does not compare to Slocum's. April has taught me everything I know, not just about riding, but about horses in general. She has inspired me to go to college and begin a pre-vet program. Our horses are not miserable and locked in stalls all day. They have personality and the have a love and care for people which I have not seen at any other barn. If you have not been there, you need to get out there and ride because I can guarantee you will not regret it. These are the directions to the new barn. Please give April or Marilyn a call. Private Hills Lane, Moneta, VA. Directions are: head from Roanoke down Gus Nicks Blvd/24 and take the first right after Staunton River HS. Go down that road about a mile and turn left onto Private Hills Dr. If you follow that road, you will get Roanoke, VAPhone:540-312-0617 or 540-977-4432 more

Slocum's loves horses 1/2/2010

I rode at Slocum's for several years and was thinking about getting back into it which is why I looked them up on line. Is it true that they have shut down? I hope not! I have thought they might be struggling in the bad economy. They have always generated a lot of controversy. But there is no question that they love horses. more

Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch 12/6/2009

i used to ride there when i first started to take lessons, and i definitely would not recommend it to anyone who cares about horses at all. it's sad and disgusting how the horses are treated. when i was there, april would kick the horses and hit them with her cane. one time i was riding in the ""ring"" (put together by cones and old tires in one of the many dirt fields) and there was a horse laying there with a hoof and leg injury... i asked april if she wanted me to move it to a pasture and she replied ""no, just leave it there, if you step on him, he'll move"".. i couldn't believe she had said that. she obviously doesn't care about the horses at all. they are not seen by veterinarians as frequently as they should be and the whole place is a dump. it is true that she feeds them day old bread which is not what horses should be fed and when i was there, there was a dead rat floating in the horses water bucket. also, april is very mean to the workers or volunteers, the riders and the horses. there are way too many horses there and not enough land, as you can see by the dirt fields there is obviously not enough grass for that many horses to graze. i just rode by there today because i keep my horse at a lady's farm on that street and slocum's looked like it had been shut down (thank God) as there were no horses on the property. if it does reopen though i would advise anyone interested in learning about horses and how to ride, not to go there. i personally did not learn anything from riding there anyways. yes, it is less expensive to take lessons there but there is a reason for it.. if you are looking to get horse back riding lessons, i would STRONGLY suggest you look around before choosing Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch. Just in case you are looking.. Rose Hill Farm in Bedford, and Centura Equine Center are great places to take lessons, i've taken lessons from both of those places and they are both wonderful! Pros: nothing Cons: everything more

AMAZING PLACE 9/7/2009

1. most of the horses there have been SAVED by april. those horses have been abused by previous owners and april SAVED them. Pros: great place more

Slocums 7/15/2009

You have to remember that all the horses there have been rescued from horrible treatment. They feed the horses day old bread because its alot cheaper than apples and carrots. Just because its a day or two old dosent mean its moldy. I think they do a pretty fair job with training and basic neccesities. They could use a little more help and alot more money. Just remember that if they didnt do what they are now, most of those horses would be dead. more

Best barn 4/17/2009

it is a barn not a rest area.you are there to ride not lounge around.We ride there, work there,and we love it. Pros: I love it Cons: nothing is wrong more

stipid 3/20/2009

April do you call those horse they are so dirty and all the pasture is dirt I have proof I use to take ridding lessons there you have no place to go to the bathroom the horseshoofs are so craked and the horse are wild April is so mean she yells at the pepole how is taking ridding lessons there is no stables for the horses and they feed them moldy bread and chocalate cakes and the riding ring dosent have a fence arond it is just junk kids donot ever go to slocums because you can get hurt really bad Pros: dity place Cons: horse are bad looking more

Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch 1/18/2009

I worked at Sloucms for 8yrs and while some of the things being said are true some are not. In response to Horsesinheart502 in the whole 8yrs I was there the horses were never abused in my opinion. Were some things there neglected that should have been taken care of absolutly. I didn't always agree with their methods but they do mean well they seemed to just get overwhelmed. They should have long ago Gelded their stallions as they have more than enough young stock. The horses do not live on dirt lots they have large pastures connecting to the dirt paddocks that you see at first. The slocums have about 89 acers of pasture and 140 horses they need to downsize. I do agree with the statements made about April, she is the main reason boarders and voulenteers have left. I personally had a huge blowout with april and moved my three the next week. The mare I bought from them is now a hunter and is very successful. Also the foals are handled from birth, halter broken and consistantly worked with and turn out to become very good trail horses, or if worked with by some one that shows turn out to be great show horses as my mare has proven time and time again. The stallions have mares in their paddocks because slocums believes in pasture breeding. Their stallions do treat their mares fine and are not agressive. In response to the horses being worked too hard this is also not true. They don't ride lame horses, they will only let a horse be ridden 2hrs tops. Lesson horses are only ridden 30mins sometimes do two lessons in a row which comes to an hour of walking and trotting. I also agree that they work their help too hard and April tends to verbally abuse the volunteers. would I recommend Slocums... NO! would I recommend you buy a horse and turn it into a nice show horse like I did absolutly! The people at slocums mean well but are in way over their heads. I pity them and feel bad for all of the horses I worked with for so long but I did my part a got three horses out of there. Pros: They do have some horses worthy of the show ring Cons: April is not easy to get along with and is verbally abusive to voulenteers more

Best ranch ever! 8/21/2008

Slocums Appaloosa Ranch, is the best place to ride horses! I've been riding there for about 5 years and I have learned so much. They are not feed moldy bread, just regular bread and grain. And more horses do prefer grain over bread. April, the lesson-giver, is extremely nice, and has been working with horses her whole life. None of the horses are overworked, there are no horses missing eyes, they are just simply blind. And April is not going to put down a blind mare, that had severed a good 20 years for her. All of the foals are extremely nice and sweet, and are touchable. And for the 5 years I've been there I have never seen a mare in with a stallion. The ferrier comes every 4-6 weeks, and trims the horses feet and all horses have shoes on. All horses here are extremely kind, and gently, and are in great health. There is a summer camp now, where kids can learn, spend time and ride horses everyday! And new voulenteers are welcome, and not referred to as ""fresh meat."" We welcome all newcomers that want to learn how to ride. The pastures are not dirt lots, the open out to big grazing fields for all the horses. Finally, if your looking for a wonderful trail ride come here, there are around 100 beautiful acres. And if you want to learn, you can learn english or western. And, there are many horses for sale, and you can board. Don't listen to what all the other people say, come to Slocums for a wonderful ride, and I promise you won't regret it. more

ohhh no 6/24/2008

do not go there!!! there are no bathrooms. no running water. the porty johnny were full to the rim. dead rodents are there. the kids that work there just walk around the dead rodents. it is very dirty and there is no barn. the horses are sad, some missing eyes, and some are soooo skinny. i did not see a business license only a sign that warms about death to riders and libality. Pros: nothing Cons: dirty and sad more

Avoid at all costs ! 6/10/2008

This ranch abuses their horses, physically, and mentally. They have 200+ horses, but keep them on tiny, dirt lots. They do not get the medical attention they need, and are nutritionally a mess. They are fed moldy bread, and have babies like factories. April, who is the lesson-giver, is cruel and very arrogant. She is extremely rude and really has no clue what she's talking about. They overwork their horses, and because of it, several have died. Sure, when you go there for a trail ride, you get to go faster than a walk, but please avoid buying or riding there -- these horses are bred like rabbits, fed like pigeons, and treated like filth. They don't get the hoof care, the medical attention, the diets, the love they need. They are pushy horses who have no ground manners. If you're looking for a quality ride, on quality horses, this is not where you want to get it from. I've been riding for over ten years, and trust me: these people have no clue what they are doing. Their horses hooves are in horrible condition, the foals are untouchable, the stallions always have mares in their paddocks, and horses who should not be worked because of physical condition are worked even harder. This place is HORRIBLE. Cons: Horses are poor quality, people are rude and inexperienced, animals are abused. more
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