I am appalled at the professionalism of the so called "instructor" of the farm. Recently I had contacted them for riding lessons for my daughter and had things set up, she not only was late to the lesson, but she showed no professionalism and made no attempt to contact me or reschedule the lesson. I was under the impression that Bonnie was teaching the lessons. I also caught view of the "instructor" advertising that the facility does therapeutic riding. There is no way that they can offer that from a kid instructor. This is a huge liability and I hope no one gets hurt from her teachings. I know very little of the sport myself and while watching her direct others clearly shows she needs to have lessons herself. I hope they find someone who knows what they are doing or Bonnie goes back to teaching.
I used to go with my mom to help her clean the horse's stall that she adopted from Tara Farm because she has fibromyalgia and sometimes cannot do so on her own (also another reason she rides horses is because it it therapeutic) . The stalls were poorly built and several times my mom's horse was cut from slipping in the mud (that always seemed to be there regardless of the weather) on the ramps and she had to treat him for thrush because of the moist conditions. She had moved him once to another boarding facility and after my mom had given Bonnie Jeanne notice she left my mom's horse out in an open area, at night, un-blanketed while it poured freezing rain, there was even snow on the ground at the time. Once we got to the new boarding facility our horses were first placed in stalls with concrete floors, which she was told was not going to be permanent and that they would be moved shortly but about a month or so went by and they continued to be left in the stalls with concrete floors and on more than one occasion we noticed that they had been skimping on their food (which we provided for them) and had given some of our hay to other horses being boarded and weren't being let out to exercise with all the other horses daily so we decided to go back to Tara Farm since it was the only other place at the time that my mom knew of that was affordable. One winter my mom was on Craigslist and found a woman looking to give away a horse in NY so we contacted the lady about the horse and drove out to look at him and she told us that the woman who had boarded him there had just abandoned him and that she did not have the extra money to continue taking care of him and her own horses. We ended up adopting him. When we went to ask Bonnie Jeanne if we could also board this horse (that was going to be my horse) along with my mom's horse she yelled at me "how dare you not adopt a horse" without even knowing the details about how we came to own this horse, I assume what she was so angry about was that I had not adopted a horse from her. I have also seen Bonnie Jeanne slap and punch her horses in their face when they misbehave. My mom is the one who had her horse stolen back when she decided to leave Tara Farm a second time. She won the court case against Bonnie Jeanne for Bonnie Jeanne breaching her own contract. My mother did not abuse her horse and if that was true why did Bonnie Jeanne allow her to keep her horse the entire time we were boarding him there? She did not say one word to my mom about mistreating her horse until she tried to leave again. You would think if she really was doing something wrong that she would not sit by and allow it for months and that the horse would have been taken from my mother before hand. Most of you who are talking about my mother on here have no first hand experience with my mom or her situation and it is all hearsay and none of your business to say anything about. My mom loved that horse and was very emotionally distraught after losing him, my younger sister was even jealous of this horse at one time because my mom treated him so good and spent so much time on/with him. There is definitely room for improvement to be made in the way this place is run and the general attitude of workers towards the public.
I have to say that I came to this site trying to find truthful information on this farm. I mean after all this is a review site. They are meant to be used to try to spread an honest inside word on organizations. All I can say is that I don't know what to believe and that I have really wasted my time. Can we please stop fighting and lying! All we should care about is the horses and spreading the truth about the organization. If you are lying about the farm, weather you are saying it is great or awful, I feel sorry that you are such a lame person to be wasting your time by doing that. I have a friend who works there and she says it is great yet she is not afraid to admit that "yes, it does have it's faults just like any organization" I was thinking about volunteering for lessons but now I am not so sure. I mean if this is how you all you act ,by fighting, why would i want to be in that type of environment? Oh, also Don't you think you should spend a day at the farm volunteering instead of judging it at all. I am sorry for being so harsh but we all want to help the animals so why don't we start doing it.
Thank you so much! My daughter loved the pony ride and she had such an amazing time! I really appreciate it she won't stop talking about it! When I stopped by I loved how things were run the girls and their horses look really happy.
I think the drama here is rediculous, this is a place to write reviews. Everyone should be able to voice their opinions without having to be bullied by the farm's workers and volunteers...if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all, this isn't a site to verbally abuse people. I have visited this farm a few times and did not really agree with the way the animals were dealt with. I do not believe in hitting animals, but a number of times excessive smacking and yelling at the horses was encouraged. I don't think this is a proper way of dealing with horses who have come from abusive situations...or in general, but especially in this case. Also I witnessed use of spurs-which I believe is something the contract says NOT to use:http://www.tarafarmrescue.org/ (under Adoption Contract) I am not going to go as far as to say that the horses here are being abused or neglected-the horses DID in fact appear to be healthy. I just did not agree with the handling of abused, neglected, and abandoned horses.
Review from Guidestar
The owner was rude and the place was a mess with children doing all the work. I pray the state will go in and take all animals and lock her and her freeloading family up. Both neg reviews below are a regular accurance at this farm. I try my best to spread the word to not have anything to do with this so called rescue.I pray people will stop giving her animals!
Antiscammer: Okay first of all. I'm not a child. I'm 15. Second of all when did I become usnsuspecting? I had to BEG my mom to let me go to the farm. I love it there. All of my friends go to the rescue as well and we have a great time. Whenever we're at the farm we choose who we want to ride and most of us don't want to ride the tame horses. We want the experiance of riding the ones that need more work. It's not something most places give you the oppurtunity to do and you learn a lot from it. After reading this antiscammer I asked my mom what i had been unsespectingly forced to do in my past three years at Tara Farm Rescue and guess what? It was the strangest thing: she couldn't think of anything. So I would love to hear what I have been unknowingly forced to do because i just can't gfigure it out. While you think on that. I have horses to ride. :)