highly recommended!. Ingrid and crew genuinely love horses and their students. Teaching is second nature to Ingrid - she is instinctive and has knows so much and has helped my daughter to grow in so many ways. What a gift Ingrid is to inspiring riders!
Has anyone heard of a "disgruntled client or employee"?.
I showed on the Paint Horse Circuit for 15 years on a national level and have seen it all. It's very obvious that the immature people who left there nasty comments on here are mad because they couldn't get their own way about something and are trying to get back at the farm and trainer. All I can say is grow up!
After many years of showing it was time for me to step back and let my 5 year old daughter learn and experience what horses where all about. I checked around a ton of places and quickly decided this was the place for us. My daughter took lessons there for about six weeks last summer and before you know it we had both of her ponies at the farm. The horses are taken excellent care of and get individualized care. If you have special instructions or supplements you want given all you have to do is ask. The problems start when disrespectful horse people think everything should be handed to them on a silver platter and don't use their manners.
My daughter who will be six next month has come so far in such a short period that I am amazed. I watched clients on the Class A Paint Circuit shell out thousands of dollars a month to learn what my daughter has in the past six months. Goals are set, you aren't going to come the first day and start cantering around, you need to learn the basics and the trainer will work out a plan for you to get where you want to be.
It was upsetting to hear the lies from the other reviews; the stalls are cleaned every day and freshly bedded. Muddy paddocks, what a joke we live in Wisconsin not Texas.
I have no reason to embelish about BSF or the trainer, I just know that if you are truly interested in the love of horses BSF is a place you should check out! I know I went to 5 barns before I made the decision for my daughter.
Horselover's "Horrible Barn" review. Okay, so why would we go around and ask other local trainers how BSF is really run if they are never at the barn because they are at their own barn??? Dauh. Plus we kicked butt this year showing so obviously this barn isn't all that bad. We got easily over 45 ribbons, over 20 on day one. And it wasn't stressful at all. It was actually calming and relaxing. It is just stressful to some people because they cause the stress on themselves. This barn is a loving place. We get complimented when do something right. The barn isn't disgusting. We sweep it as soon as we are done mucking out the stalls. We sweep like 10 times a day so our isles aren't dirty. We have used the out door ring on multiple occations this summer and it isn't filled with too big of rocks. When there are a few rocks we spend 3 hours, NOT DAYS, HOURS picking them up. We do get thanked multiple times and we get lunch out of it. We only do 3 wagons of hay when we get it. We are now using big bales and I have only had to do 2 loads of hay with about 200 bales/wagon this summer. The only drama there is at this barn is drama that a person starts. If you get yourself caught up in it that's your fault not anybody else's. Yeah that one "insane" horse was off the track and not trained so yeah get the pic? BLue Spring Farm is a great barn and most of this stuff is not true.
Nice Job on WHJA Reserve Champion in the Baby Green Division this year!! Way to go!!
BSF. Friendly barn if you keep to yourself. Trainer needs to get more involved (put up jumps herself, help teach you horse "first-aid", etc.). Hard to bring in new ideas and concepts; close minded people stay at this barn. Prices are too much for not enough. Very hard working staff but not as accomodating as some barns. Muddy paddocks due to area, cannot really be helped unfortunately. Great place to get started but once you find your feet, find your wings!
Horselover's Review Got It All Wrong. Metro Milwaukee has a lot of hunter/jumper barns, mostly the same. But my years at Blue Spring Farm showed me its passion for both horses and horsemanship. If you want a place to show off your expensive new boots, chat mindlessly about the other boarders, and get patted on the head for flopping around the arena on horseback—go elsewhere. But if your idea of “fun” is becoming a good rider, BSF is where you’d go. You want to jump high? Achieve? Grow? The trainer there knows that what you put into it, is what you get out. This means fitness, endurance, and understanding the whole horse experience. Safety is very important to her; wisely, the beginners are taught on old (read: seasoned) school horses. Far from “holding you back”, the instructor keeps everyone safe by not letting you jump higher than you or your horse are ready for. This also keeps the school horses willing and happy; they’re not sour and broken down by inconsiderate students who pound around on them like they’re rentals. BSF’s school horses are fabulous teachers. They’re quiet and kind, yet responsive and energetic when you ask them properly. And the upper levels of jumping require a true partnership between horse and rider, so of course those students are assisted in finding an appropriate horse to buy or lease. BSF horses are athletes AND pets, and the farm is managed that way. These horses aren’t just weekend warriors, so the turnout is more than adequate. And I challenge you to find ANY performance barn around here that doesn’t struggle with the mud. The horses are well cared for, physically and mentally; the manager is very gentle, yet knows how to handle even the worst horse behavior. Any barn experience is what you make it. Don’t want drama? Don’t make any. You want a smile or hello? Smile and say hello. Want the fitness, endurance, and understanding that make a good horseman? Clean stalls, pick rocks, unload hay wagons. One of the first lessons of horsemanship is that nothing entitles you to a reward without earning it first. BSF is the place I’d go if I still wanted to do hunter/jumper; good people are treated like family. I miss the fun, and BSF is where it’s at. And as far as Horselover’s testimonial is concerned, I can’t say that it’s trustworthy. For example, the “crazy” horse was an OTTB less than a month off the track, who came into the barn untrained, sick and with ulcers. He left sound and well. I think we can assume that the rest of Horselover’s review is also missing a lot of the story.
Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me.
I have been at Blue Spring Farm for 10 years and have seen and been through everything. I consider the barn a second home and a place i can go to escape from life. I started there when I was 8 and knew absolutely nothing about horses. I was a little afraid but with the patience and guidance of my trainer, I began to become more comfortable. 3 years later I found myself buying my first horse with her help. She sat down with me and helped find the perfect horse. When I hit a rough spot in her training, she rode her for me and then helped me one-on-one in my next lesson taking as much time as I needed to understand. She is flexible with the needs of her students and understands life has many components. She took me to my first horse show with my first horse and started me out on my now lifelong addiction to horses.
Any spare time I had I begged my mom to go to the barn. It was a fun place to be, where I could hang out with friends and make memories that would last a lifetime. Through this barn and the people here I learned what hard work was and knew I could accomplishment anything I sent my mind to. I learned many life lessons at the barn and those I didnt experience, I learned how to deal with them when they came along. I learned a lot about myself, life, and horses.
After riding for 4 years, I bought my second horse from her at the age of 3 months. She taught me how to break and start babies in their training so when my horse was the right age to begin his training, I could play a large role in it. Now 7 years later, I couldnt be happier. She has seen me through my riding and showing career and has made me the rider I am now.
The facilities have improved greatly in the last 5 years starting with the addition of a heated and air conditioned lounge and moving on to the addition of 2 grass pastures to comfortably hold 2 horses, 3 smaller paddocks for injury isolation giving horses a safe place to heal, 5 individual turn out runs and another large paddock able to accomodate up to 6 horses. The large grass pasture is now completely fenced off allowing access for many horses through gates from their own paddocks. The indoor arena has been extended to 172 feet with leg saver rail and plenty of air flow, space, and good footing.
The horses are taken care of VERY well and are always being watched. Any injuries or odd behaviors DO NOT go unnoticed. The horses are fed well, do not go out in bad conditions, and when the muddy season hits footing conditions are ALWAYS taken into consideration before any horse is put out.
This is a wonderful place to be and I would recommend it to anyone: show student, pleasure rider, new commer, you name it! I cant imagine growing up any other way than how I did at Blue Spring Farm. I extended my family being there. The people are friendly from the start and in a short while become family. It is a great, loving and fun atmosphere where ANYONE can learn about horses, themselves, and life. I love this place and cant think of being any other place but here! There is no place out there quite like it!
Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else. I consider Blue Spring Farm as a second home to me. I love the atmosphere and all of the people. This farm has taught me so much. I have the instructor to thank. She has done such an amazing job with all of the kids that she teaches. The trainer is trying to get more and more kids interested in horse back riding by joining up with the Menomonee Falls Rec. Department and it has caught on with flying colors. She is teaching 55+ lessons a week and is getting more every day. I love this place. My horse was born here and he has turned out to be my best friend. The trainer has made this such a fun enviorment for making new life long friends and memories. Most of my current friends are from this barn. I don't know what I would have done in life if it wasn't for Blue Spring Farm. This place has opened my eyes in so many ways. I have found myself being more responsible than my friends from school thanks to this farm.
Wouldn't trust anyone else with my horse or my kids. We have been at Blue Spring Farm for six years and we are very happy there. The trainer is a TRAINER and has high expectations for the riders. My kids have and are learning to work through hard times and to truly appreciate the hard work and dedication that they have applied to their sport. We have made great friends and expanded our family through the great relationships that have developed at BSF. We purchased our horses from BSF and we are amazed at the awesome progress that has been made with the guidance from the trainer. She is extremely knowledgable about horses and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my horse. We have had many great experiences and fun times at he barn and will continue to for many years. Love this barn!!!
My Dream came true. I would reccomend Blue Spring to people of all ages. The instructor is a skilled teacher that enjoys her work. The horses are well cared for and their well being is top priority. The atmosphere is friendly and everyone supports each other. If riding horses is your dream, you will fulfill it at Blue Spring Farm.
Horrible barn. This barn is not well kept its dirty the horses are old and cheap. You cant jump any higher than 2'6 unless you buy a horse that can because her horses are'nt capable of it. If you ever meet the trainers you will rarley get a smile or a hello. They make you work out there for hours with no pay and they say you work for respect! Trust me they lie. I would not recomend this barn to anyone its a bad environment for kids and teens. The padocks besides the 2 grass ones which one of the grass padocks is a crick.. anyways all of them are super muddy and bad conditions for horses with shoes. The instructor holds you back from what you are capabile of and lessons are a yelling mess. I believe she needs to encourage riders more rather than telling them that it sucks or its not good enough. Horse shows are not fun anymore. The trainer does alot of unnecessary tedious billing. It's not a loving place thats for sure. If you miss a lesson or have to reschedule she will make you feel quilty and bad every single time. Their pictures on their website don't show even half of the barn. Its digusting. They don't use the out door ring very much because of too big of rocks witch caused many horses to be lame. All of the kids spent hours and days working trying to get all of the rocks out and we got no money or thanks. It is still not being used because rocks keep resurfacing. Its not a fun summer place. They make you do hay which is about eleven to thirteen wagons of hay with about 200 bails of hay that way roughly 40 to 70 pounds. They make you put all of the hay away in the hay loft to earn "respect". At Blue Spring Farm, don't get surprised when you get caught up in kid drama much less imature adult drama. There is always something that is being said behind your back. Its not a place to go. I was there for six years also and it was a living hell. We didn't leave because it was very close to our house and other barns where an hour away but we finally decided to leave because we couldnt take it anymore. The trainer makes it seem like anyother barn is really bad and that it's a horrible place, but she only says that to make you think that this barn is the best, well let me tell you...it's not. You never no what your really missing out on or how bad you have had it until you actually look around for somthing new. I have had two horses at this barn. I bought a horse off the track that went insane at this barn and surprising didnt change after a year. The trainer said he had to be on all of these suppliments and was put on special EXPENSIVE shoes because he would be lame without them... yea well when i switched barns he has had no supplements and has had normal shoes on and hasnt been lame ever since... that tells you something. They fed him beet pulp at bsf and he coliched about 5 times and im sure they have no idea because they wernt careful enough. Turns out when you soak beet pulp you have to let it sit for a while to expand but they didnt take the time so they gave it to him too early and it expnaded in his stomach....not surprising that she blamed it on me. I just wish i left sooner just like most of her high paying horse show customers, like me, did a while ago. But instead of getting my word and everyone elses on this website talk to all of the local "B" circurt horse show trainers around the area and you will find out how Blue Spring Farm is really run. Ha and thats funny on how you kicked but in TWO horse shows this whole year.... the only person who is a good rider and has a good horse is lindsey so i wish her the best of luck this year. Since i have switched to my new barn Seoul Creek Farm, my horse has taken champion in every show i have taken him to..shows alot different he was last year huh? Who cares how many ribbons you get at a show..it matters the places but the person who bassicly one all those ribbons was you know who so dont take the credit "roullettesluckyspin"..and if i member correctly you cried that week at the show soo ok?
The barn owner kicked out the "bad apples" it's quite relaxing now
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