Review: Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch

Review: Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch

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Garcia Family

Key Largo, FL

#1 Sep 3, 2008
Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch, is one of the best places to ride horses. They have around 120 horses that they love and care for. They offer trails and lessons. I have been riding there for around 5 years now, and I have learned so much. The lesson-giver, April Slocum, is great at what she does! At Slocum's you can also board your horse, or buy. During the summer, there is a camp where you will be assigned a horse for a week, and you get to ride and take care of your horse. Also, you learn about horse anatomy, and all things horse related. So if you're ever looking for a place to ride, I strongly suggest you go to Slocums.
Kami Melton

United States

#2 Sep 26, 2008
I agree with you! Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch is wonderful! I've tried calling them several times, but have not gotten a reply. Do you know how wlse I could get hold of them?
Thanks!
Garcia Family wrote:
Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch, is one of the best places to ride horses. They have around 120 horses that they love and care for. They offer trails and lessons. I have been riding there for around 5 years now, and I have learned so much. The lesson-giver, April Slocum, is great at what she does! At Slocum's you can also board your horse, or buy. During the summer, there is a camp where you will be assigned a horse for a week, and you get to ride and take care of your horse. Also, you learn about horse anatomy, and all things horse related. So if you're ever looking for a place to ride, I strongly suggest you go to Slocums.
Kami Melton

United States

#3 Sep 26, 2008
I agree with you! Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch is wonderful. I have tried calling the number several times (I had lost their number), but it's been over a week and I haven't gotten a reply (I left several messages on the answering machine).
Do you know how else I can get in touch? Cell Phone or anything?? Please email me any info you have so I can make contact
Thanks,
Kami
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whitney

Daleville, VA

#4 Jan 2, 2009
Well i rode at slocums over the summer, for the camp. It is filth! The horses are beautiful and kind. april is very rude and treats new people like dirt and uses them just so they do her job. April left the summer camp kids to go to wal-mart so we could clean saddles. There are two stalls and they are not used for storage. there are over 200+ horses and if there is not enough food they dont eat. a girl at the camp was bit by a pregnant horse and april told her she needed to suck it up. and did not do anything about and then after sent the little kids back in the pin. Jasmine a horse at slocums fell over a bank with a boy on her back. april did nothing about it but put a pad on her leg and did not contact the vet nor the little boys parents. Dont get me wrong the horse are beautiful and sweet and have a mind of there own. i do think the horses need to be taken from the farm and taken to a better place where there is love, good food, and better care.
skl

Lynchburg, VA

#5 Mar 20, 2009
We love our time that we spend at the ranch with April. We have learned more with her than we could have ever learned anywhere else. All the horses are well taken care of and respected.
Payton and Madison

Roanoke, VA

#6 Apr 17, 2009
We love it there!It's the best place to ride.April and Maryland are awesome so are the horses.I(Payton)ride mostly Skippy and Nutmeg.I(Madison) ride Miracle and she is the best of all but timid.We both love it there!!!!!!!!!!
carla

Vinton, VA

#7 May 15, 2009
Slocums appaloosa ranch is the best April and Maryland are so nice and welcoming.April really knows a lot about horses and shes very nice
Cora

AOL

#8 May 23, 2009
I love it there. April is awsome and I love the horses!
Isabella

Roanoke, VA

#9 Jun 7, 2009
Funny thing is the "fresh meat" that come and expirence this think April is mean? Well, yes and no! It's really easy to get use to you just have to suck it up. It's a really cool place! Lots of fun and everything! If you want to work there you just have to be able to deal with it! I love it there! People who haven't been ALL the way up the pastures don't know that there is a lot of land for the horses to graze and relax! She only puts the horses in the closed-in pasture when she is 1. going to feed them or 2. Planing to lead a large group on trail! It is a very nice place. You have to be able to work and not just be lazy! Apirl also has at least 15 yrs expience with horses!
bebe

Vinton, VA

#10 Jun 16, 2009
its kind of a nice place but the sad part is the county wants them shut down they are trying their best to take care of the horses and ther is lots of them but only 2 people to do the main work they are doing a wonderful job but they have more horses than they can take care of
but im saying this with respect tho
Horselover

Miami, FL

#11 Sep 20, 2009
Whitney, I've beenriding there for 8 years,and I help out with the summer camp, and the camp kids go there to learn how to take care of horses, which is Aprils job, so don't say it like a bad thing. Because I don't see you there everyday during the summer watching April "sit" when she's out working everyday. And I'm not sure about that wal-mart thing, but even if that is true, if you owned your own horse, you'd have to clean your own saddle too. So if you think it's too hard to clean a saddle, then don't plan on buying a horse anytime soon. There is 102 horses, yes, that is a lot, but they do eat everyday, the get fed bread, hay, and they have +80 acres to graze. Some horses also get fed grain, if they need it. And about the young girl, what would you do? there's nothing to do for a horse bite. And April has vet. experience, she as been with horses all her life, and she knows how to treat horses. And whitney, why don't you go try to run a horse farm like that for atleast a week, then you'd understand what it's like. so keep your comments to yourself because you don't know what you're talking about.
Concerned for the horses

Bedford, VA

#12 Sep 24, 2009
whitney wrote:
Well i rode at slocums over the summer, for the camp. It is filth! The horses are beautiful and kind. april is very rude and treats new people like dirt and uses them just so they do her job. April left the summer camp kids to go to wal-mart so we could clean saddles. There are two stalls and they are not used for storage. there are over 200+ horses and if there is not enough food they dont eat. a girl at the camp was bit by a pregnant horse and april told her she needed to suck it up. and did not do anything about and then after sent the little kids back in the pin. Jasmine a horse at slocums fell over a bank with a boy on her back. april did nothing about it but put a pad on her leg and did not contact the vet nor the little boys parents. Dont get me wrong the horse are beautiful and sweet and have a mind of there own. i do think the horses need to be taken from the farm and taken to a better place where there is love, good food, and better care.
This pegs the place well! I was there for four years. Did all I could to help out with the horses, and the farm. Nothing you do is appreciated by April or Marilyn. The cursing, and demanding attitudes will get them no where. They expect a lot, but give nothing in return.

I fell very sorry for the horses. Most don't see a farrier. Those that do, only see him when the horses hooves are grossly overgrown, and they've outgrown the shoes. I've seen a horse whose hoof came completely off! Several that are blind, bony, and lame that are NOT given the care they deserve. Ask about Irsela and how she was treated. If it hadn't been for a caring volunteer (Lynn) and her money and time, that horse would have been forgotten, and left to die.

It's overrun with RATS.

The majority of the horses only get bread to eat. That's not all a horse needs to survive! Minimal grass is available, and most are on a dirt lot with hay provided when it's available.

The sad thing is they've been turned into animal control so many times, and not a darn thing is done about it!

Too many horses for two people, with no job, no income, and one on disability (hmmm gives riding lessons, trail rides, etc., but collects that disability check!!) to take care of. They need to down size to around 20 horses. But, they won't because they expect someone to pay $1500-3000 for lame horses, unbroke horses, unregistered, and most are mixed breeds. Three stallions that are NOT contained well, and constantly break out and breed all night long to whatever mare is unfortunate enough to be near.

SHUT THE PLACE DOWN ALREADY!!!
Emily

United States

#13 Oct 21, 2009
Kami Melton wrote:
I agree with you! Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch is wonderful! I've tried calling them several times, but have not gotten a reply. Do you know how wlse I could get hold of them?
Thanks!
<quoted text>
I now how you can get a holt of them they are very bissy because they are moving
Emily gordon

United States

#14 Oct 21, 2009
I took ridding lessons there and I went on a trail ride and my horse that I was taking lessons on bucked me off and I fell on some rocks and I broke my back I am onley 10
Horselover

Miami, FL

#15 Oct 24, 2009
Emily, I go there like all the time, and no one has ever broken their back there?
Bedford

Lynchburg, VA

#16 Dec 10, 2009
The girls from Flordia need to go work and take lessons at a "real" horse farm (reputable) and see the difference. You are only enabling the Slocums to neglect more horses when you help out. They are irresponsible...crying poverty in a local newspaper article and whining about having to pay real rent on a farm while they keep breeding horses they can't afford to take care of. Saw pictures of their horses online...nearly every one had terrible feet!
Red

Roanoke, VA

#17 Dec 29, 2009
bebe wrote:
its kind of a nice place but the sad part is the county wants them shut down they are trying their best to take care of the horses and ther is lots of them but only 2 people to do the main work they are doing a wonderful job but they have more horses than they can take care of
but im saying this with respect tho
Do you people really think that the county wanted to shut them down for no reason? That they just felt like aggravating the Slocums? There's no such thing as "trying your best" to take care of 100 neglected horses. If you can't do it right, don't do it at all and get RID of your horses. If the Slocums really cared about their horses they'd rather give them away than neglect them. No one needs 100 horses for a trail riding/lessons operation. It can be done with 10-15 horses. They keep breeding them over and over again. The people giving the Slocums rave reviews DON'T HAVE A CLUE about the proper care of a horse. Horses need shelter, hay, grain if necessary, feet trimmed every six weeks, shots every year, etc. The Slocums have a "horse hoarder" mentality. They go way beyond what is necessary and end up neglecting and abusing a lot of horses. Don't know how they live with themselves, honestly.
Red

Roanoke, VA

#18 Dec 29, 2009
Emily wrote:
<quoted text>I now how you can get a holt of them they are very bissy because they are moving
Hey, maybe now that they've moved to a different county (Bedford) the authorities will come down on them. I don't see Bedford letting them get away with this.
No Name

United States

#19 Jan 15, 2010
Dont really love it..............has studs that get out
monstruoso

Brooklyn, NY

#20 May 4, 2010
Erm, those are not "rave reviewers"; those are "sock puppets" which are leaving advertising rather than real comments. I relish the heavy "thud" of reality landing on their soft squishy heads. thank you.

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