This barn is really close to my work and I'd never heard of it until today. I'm wondering whether it's worth checking out. I am looking for a good trainer to fill the holes in my education, and a horse to lease. Does anyone have any experience with this place?
I feel like my barn search is never ending, gah...
It will have an adverse effect and broaden the gaps in your education, rather than fill them in. Their bad reputation is long-standing...like since I was a 2' kid at the local shows 15 years ago (ugh...I feel old now.)
Others here have given better suggestions I'm sure. Not that I've ridden at Merriwood but it's a lesson mill type barn. Having said that, they've always been nice to me at horse shows and are very respectful.
But if you're looking to fill some gaps, you can travel further out to say Wylie (Becky Sanoja with Bryherstone comes to mind) and she'll fill your gaps in and then some. And currently has a very nice horse for lease too!