In August 2016, I arranged for a 2-hour trail ride for 5 individuals at Bishop’s Lodge Stables. For 3 of the 5 riders the experience was good. However, one of the horses was very old and was not trail-worthy. He walked very slowly at first and then refused to move at all. The rider followed all the guide’s instructions but nothing worked. She did not deserve to be stuck with an unresponsive horse that was too old for the trail. The horse ultimately had to be led by a rope behind the guide’s horse. This was a very disappointing ride for her. Of course, the stable staff KNEW this horse was a problem in the first place. The guide even admitted he was old but still “deserved a chance”. Once the horse refused to move at all, the guide should have shuffled the horses and riders to ensure that everyone would have the experience of actually riding a horse, instead of having one rider sitting on a horse being led by a rope.
Another horse on the ride was unmanageable, constantly stopping to eat grass. The guide did not help the rider with this until well over half the ride was over.
When I brought this disappointment to the attention of the stable head, he passed it off to rider inexperience and said “have a good day”, adding insult to injury.
The trail itself was beautiful but the quality of horses provided was disappointing and the guide failed to do enough to make the ride enjoyable for everyone. If you go there, be sure to ask for a trail-worthy horse and if you have problems, insist on resolution right away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In August of 1851, a Frenchman, Jean Baptiste Lamy, arrived in the NM Territory as the first Bishop of Santa Fe. Here he built a private retreat; his chapel still stands today, now on the national register of historic places. After Lamy's Death, the land was acquired by the Pulitzer publishing family as a private vacation retreat. In 1917, the Thorpe family from Denver fell in love with these pristine acres, bought the property and developed the first resort in the state. Today Bishop's Lodge comprises 15 lodges for a total of 110 rooms ranging in sizes from 250 sq feet to 450, not to mention a 2000 sq foot Presidential Suite. Many of our rooms feature fireplaces and the majority all have outdoor access to patios, lawns or balconies. Our ShaNah Spa and Wellness Center which opened up in June of 2002 is a sanctuary where one can take time out to be nurtured by Mother Nature, guided by ancient wisdon and touched by angels. The experience may change your life. Other activities are abundant such as: trap/skeet shooting (offered to groups of 10 or monmre roomnights), horseback, pony trail rides, hiking, mountain biking, fitness center, excercise studio, outdoor pool, whirlpool and tennis to mention a few. Bishop's Lodge is located just 3 miles from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. Complimentary shuttle service is provided by the lodge at scheduled times daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bishop`s Lodge Resort And Spa
- Bishop`s Hotel Santa Fe
- Bishops Hotel Santa Fe
- Bishops Resort Santa Fe
- Bishop's Lodge Resort & Spa Santa Fe, New Mexico