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    My young son had his first riding lesson yesterday, heck his first up-close encounter with a horse in his lifetime; and we could not have asked for a better experience than the one provided by Pantano Riding Stables! The trainer they provided, Becca, was simply excellent! Bright, enthusiastic and patient, she introduced my son to all the basics of caring for and handling a horse in a manner that left him (us) excited and impressed for the rest of the day, and really looking forward to returning in the near future. If you are looking for a place for a beginner to gain familiarity with horses, I could not recommend Pantano Riding Stables and Becca highly enough!

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    Husband and I went for a sunset ride. It went pretty good in the beginning. The entire trail was through a wash so there was wildlife running around but you couldn’t really see the mountains.The guides seemed friendly enough. They were younger, early 20s to mid 20s maybe. While walking on the trail my horse and the one in front of me stumbled a lot. The one in front of me went down on his front elbow at one point. They just seemed pretty unsteady.As we were going back through the wash something spooked the horses. They all took off in a full out run. Most of the people on the ride had never been on a horse and I had only been on trail horses. So everyone was pulling back on the reins like they told us, but since they are trail horses they followed the others and didn’t stop for a while.Once they finally stopped, I noticed the empty horse. The other lady fell off her horse and was unconscious on the path. She didn’t move for about 2-3 minutes. The guide went over and tried talking to her and she only moaned. My husband is and has been a paramedic for over 20 years. He offered to help and the guide refused.We offered multiple times to help and he just kept refusing. The lady turned over and the guide was trying to make her stand up. She couldn’t even hold her legs underneath her. She obviously had a bad concussion. They brought her back in a four wheeler/golf cart thing. They should not have moved her and called 911 immediately.Our returning guides horse was very jumpy on the way back. Luckily we were close, I was very ready to get off! I talked to the lady who seemed better. No ambulance was called or first aid administered.I thought it was very poor how they handled the entire event. They seemed ill prepared for accidents. I will never ride here, or even recommend it to anyone. Best just to stay away and find a more reputable place.