I've been going to sparks for quite a while and I highly recommend it.Iboard my horse there and she couldn't be in better hands. I highly recommend to ride here because the staff is very friendly and will make sure you have a great experience.
I have been going to Sparks Trading Post since i was a little girl. I am now graduated and have a full time job, and have two horses there. I grew up there and learned so much about horses. It is a great facility and family friendly business with pony rides and trail rides for kids 8 and up, and everyone there are truly nice people with the best interest of each and every animal at heart. I strongly urge anyone to go there, it is an excellent experience and a whole lotta fun!
I have been a long time customer of Sparks TP and have left, ran my own equine business, and returned to board my horses there. It's a great self care facility - with plenty of hay and turn out. Reasonably priced, with the option of bringing friends for public trail riding, family friends with children for pony rides and he always has some very friendly goats, sheep and cows to pet. Are the barns pretty and new? no, but they are safe and warm. The care is exceptional and so are the people who frequent it.
It's been a while since anyone has posted here. I just wanted to say that Sparks is a great place for public trail riding, hay and sleigh rides, as well as pony rides for children. It is very affordable and close. Come out and see for yourself!
Sparks DOES NOT ABUSE THEIR ANIMALS. Peter Sparks does nothing but take care of his animals. People need to learn their facts and stop spreading lies. He not only buys horses that are on death row to give them another chance, but he give teenagers every kids dream to work with horses. He gives some kids the chance to come and volunteer with the horses and take care of them. It's a great experience and a great place to go. Don't believe me? Go and check it out for yourself it's $20 for an hour trail ride. Visit their website google sparks trading post and you'll see it.
Sick. They could sure use our support to help feed all those beautiful horses. I was just there for a trail ride. The horse I was riding seemed a bit tired and lathargic, and he kept coughing the whole ride and the horse my girlfriend rode appeared to have pink eye and he also seemed tired. In the barn I was shocked to find a small horse in a small stall not even big enough to turn around in. There also appeared to be many healthy horses on the property, but also too many like the ones that we rode today. But, I will not turn on this place because of their history. I have heard both pros and cons, but overall, the more partons, the more money, the healthier and happier the stable will become...
Sparks Trading Post beat the SPCA.
Well, people, Sparks has his horses back because he did no wrong. I posted this here in Sept of 2008 and it shows July 2007. What is up with that??
The SPCA vet involved and an employee have been court ordered not the step foot on the property ever again as it was proven they were bias. The charges will be dropped officially very soon.
So, Sparks Trading Post is open, never closed, for business as always. Sparks will remain here for a very long time. If you don't like it, don't visit. I have had horses of my own there for years and they had the best of care, and always fat and healthy without extras.
To those of you who want to have a fun time and ride a perfectly healthy horse who has the best of care, go to Sparks Trading Post Tues thru Sat. 10:30 to 7:00; and Sunday til 6:00;
Blind Morons Defend This Place.
How could anyone defend this place? Are you F-ing blind? By God, you must be, or just ignorant, and don't you dare tell me I don't know what I'm talking about as I've been there a few times. The last time I was there I was so sickened by what I saw that I couldn't stay, it was too depressing. I wanted to give this place another chance to see if there were any improvements, but sadly it was even worse than before. Why on earth would you defend someone who sends out horses with large wounds? Old, tired horses that can hardly move. I saw two horses go out and they completely refused to go forward, the one was limping (lame) and he held his head so low it almost touched the ground. The horses were dirty, sweaty and tired, and many were way too thin and sickly looking to have people on their backs. Mr. Sparks is someone who cares? Please. If you don't have the money to take care of the animals then don't have the animals. The sole purpose of these animals is to earn money. You make more profit if you don't put a lot of money into them. I hope people refuse to go there and that his business goes under. I can't believe that any of those horses would be given back. The stalls there are completely disgusting. The care is poor. Too many horses and not enought staff to take care of them and not enough money spent on their care. I have no idea how anyone could support this place, it's disgusting. Like I said they must be blind. Probably ignorant or friend's of the owners as well.
RUN FOR THE HILLS!. Do NOT give this place any of your hard earned money! One of the WORST cases of animal neglect I have ever seen! The owner should be locked up and never, EVER allowed to have another animal. To make it worse, you have total morons defending this creep. So sad.
Good for Sparks!.
I have been following the Sparks proceedings, and am happy that he has his horses back. I have been to the SPCA, and those horses look no different than the initial photos, even after all the "professional" care they have been given. Which proves that it is hard to get an old horse to gain weight. I worked for Peter for two years, and personally seen the Neglect that he has purchased from local horse auctions, and how he has fattened them up, although sometimes it takes a while. I have been the recipient of one of these purchases, a emaciated beagle that I took home and nursed back to health, adopted it out, where it lived until a ripe old age. Peter is not a saint, there are many more things he could do, and there is not one person alive who dares write that cant say the same thing, whether it be about a child, an animal, or your own health. Im sorry but I cannot afford to have my cats teeth cleaned for $350, and I havent been to the doctor unless I am at deaths door, which was about 8 years ago. If you really are itching to condemn someone, why dont you go down to your local animal auction or animal shelter, and throw your venom at the people who abandon their dog after having owened it for twelve years because of "allergies", or their horse because they cant afford to feed it anymore, or their kids lost interest. But remember, there are always two sides to every story, and for once, the good guy prevailed!
PS I own two cats (one feral), two dogs (both SPCA dogs), and one horse (auction).And most any animal I have ever owned has a sad or unknown history, so dont tell me I dont know what Im talking about.
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