I started going to Dead Broke Farm this fall and try to get in a ride or two per month. I do trail rides only right now because I'm just getting back into riding after a many year absence, but I know they offer lessons as well.
Dead Broke is a very interesting place and needless to say, I love it. It is very laid back. It really has a farm atmosphere with all the non-horse animals about - dogs, cats, guinea fowl, chickens, turkeys.
I think I heard that they have over 100 horses there and it is quite a variety too. I've seen Arabians, Thoroughbreds, a Standardbred and a Tennessee Walker so far. I think the reason they have such a mix is because they are a Horse Rescue center and save horses from slaughter, etc.
I usually ride the Belgians because I am extremely overweight. In fact the whole reason I ended up at Dead Broke was because I emailed them about weight restrictions on the horses. I was looking for extra motivation to lose weight. I was over the moon when they could accommodate me right away. That seems to be one of their 'things' - to try and accommodate their customers.
In my youth, I rode a fair bit so I can say with some confidence that the horses at Dead Broke are a cut above the generic rental horse. While I've seen nothing but gentle steady behavior, the horses are responsive to direction instead of just following one another. They are also perkier and step lively (and not just in the home stretch to the barn.)
If I had anything bad to say, it would have to be the facilities are not the first stare of fashion. It is quite evident that the owners put their money into their horses and not their buildings, etc. The horses look great - healthy, sassy, well-fed and the equipment is fine but the buildings are more rustic. This bothers me not at all but if you are used to more formal stable settings, this will be a departure. The only real criticism I have is I wish they had a top-flight mounting block so that a wider range of physically challenged people could ride. I'm sort of prejudiced about this though since I used to work at St. Andrews Pres. College, which had the first Therapeutic Riding major in the country. Probably not fair to use those world class facilities as measuring bar.
I don't check this forum often so if you have any other questions about Dead Broke, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This next sentence probably sounds ridiculous but I just wanted to plainly state that I am not part of Dead Broke Farm's staff or related to the owners. In so many cases with 'anonymous' reviews, any positive one is shrugged off as a 'plant' by the management. I just wanted to try and let you know I am real.