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Circle S Farm
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 5 0 0 24 hour monitoring 5 0 0
Friendliness of host 5 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 5 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 5 0 0 Facilities as represented 5 0 0
Security of facilities 5 0 0 Overall satisfaction5 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 5 0 0 Total Scores 45 0 0
Comments: (12/10/04) - "{The owner} was wonderful and the place is a destination with views of the Smokies. We had a concrete pad with 20 and 50 volt, water and dump right there so we were in heaven. We rode in her hayed fields.". . .(5/3/08) - "Fantastic cottage! Great paddock for my young horses. Attentive host. Thanks for a great stop!". . .(7/29/08) - "Wonderful accommodations for horses and people. Strongly recommend. The owner was more than gracious when we showed up at 3am (more than slightly ahead of schedule). Sorry for that!". . . (5/19/10) - "We have stayed in many places over five years of traveling with horses and always look forward to Teresa's place. We had too much rain to go out riding on the WA Creeper trail but we took the truck off and went out to dinner and real theater in town. Great destination for a trailering or cottage stop. We used her cottage for TV.". . . (5/4/15) - "Lovely cottage to stay. Paddock with attached two stalls for horse. Nice for the horse to stretch his legs. Would worry if the horse was not used to grass as stall is small."

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A.C. Knickerbocker Stable
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 41 0 0 24 hour monitoring 40 1 0
Friendliness of host 41 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 40 1 0
Cleanliness of facilities 41 0 0 Facilities as represented 41 0 0
Security of facilities 41 0 0 Overall satisfaction 41 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 41 0 0 Total Scores 357 2 0
Comments: (Editor's Comments: Due to the large amount of feedback we have received on this facility, all of it positive, we've posted only the more recent comments. We thank everybody who has sent in so many nice comments.)
(1/6/09) - "Great place and a wonderful host. Susan met us down at the exit from the interstate and lead us in to the barn and since it was dark out, that was WONDERFUL. But the barn was close to the highway and it was easy for us to find our way out in the morning. The barn was spotless and we are able to park our motor home right there and plug in for the night. Wonderful place, would use it again anytime. We had no problem getting a 38 foot motorhome pulling an 18 foot stock trailer behind it into or out of the barn. And did I say the place was CLEAN? You could have eaten off of the aisle way floor. There was a ring that I was offered to be able to turn the pony out in the morning for a little exercise, but I did not, since it had been raining and I did not want a wet, muddy horse traveling for another two days....but Susan was the best and I highly recommend this place to anyone!". . . (1/17/10) - "Wonderful place to stay. Close to hotels, food, fuel, etc. Stalls were huge and clean. Horses loved being able to stretch after a long trailer ride from upstate NY. Would definitely stay again.". . . (5/10/10) - "Thank you very much Susan for making our stop convienient and enjoyable. Will reccomend to anybody wanting to layover.". . . (8/310) - "The others have all said it well. Very, very nice place, and Susan was most helpful. Use exit 7, stop at Wal-mart for what you need, and many great restaurants all right there in easy walking distance. She will meet you and guide you the few short miles to her place. Easy in and out even for big rigs. And while you're at it, locate a nice calm walking horse for her husband to buy!". . . (9/22/10) - "Wonderful place to stay! So nice and very accommodating! The Motel 6 is a decent hotel and they offer a 10% discount for customers of the Knickerbockers! Great food as well!". . . (4/28/11) - "Our stay was fantastic from the initial contact on. They met us and led us into the stables, made sure we had everything we needed, and were very warm and welcoming. Susan is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Their hospitality was supreme and our horse was very happy and safe. Susan also has good contacts and when we got ready to leave she called ahead to check the weather forecast to our destination. Great place to stay!". . . (8/12/11) - "Very friendly hosts and a beautiful barn! Also very close to hotels and restaurants.". . . (10/2/11) - "We were VERY happy with our choice to stay at Knickerbocker! Susan guided us in from the interstate and this was greatly appreciated. We used the arena for turnout while we ate dinner and then had stalls for the night. Everything was spotless and well kept. Highly recommended!". . . (12/24/11) - "I moved house and horse to TN. I was frazzled, lost and tired. The host met me at the interstate at 9 pm. I was very pleased and plan to stay there again. Next time I'll arrive mid afternoon. Wonderful arena.". . . (2/24/12) - "Susan and her husband were wonderful. They came out at night to help us find our way to their farm. Very friendly and very helpful. We will definitely use their facilities again.". . . (3/25/12) - "Susan was really great and the facility and location were extremely nice, quiet, clean and safe. Our two horses were turned out overnight together in a large well fenced area with grass and water and I felt very comfortable leaving them there. I would highly recommend this stable. We stayed only a few minutes away at a hotel.". . . (4/26/12) - "Great people there to greet us and settle our horses in for the night! Very nice facility and would stay there again as well as recommend it to any traveling horse folks! A+.". . . (5/9/12) - "Great people; very accommodating and easy to get in contact with. The place is very clean and the stalls are huge! I would go back again! Location is close to hotels and food and very easy to get in and out of." . . . (5/14/12) - "Thanks for helping our travels go smoothly!". . . (9/12/12) - "1st rate stable.". . . (5/15/13) - "Susan was so readily available it made everything very reassuring.". . . (5/30/13) - "Really nice place, great people. Motels and food are a little far but great place to stay.". . . (8/21/13) - "This was a half way point for our travels. Our horse had never spent 9 hours in a trailer before so we were anxious to get him out into a field. Susan showed us where we could turn him out and told us we could leave him out for as long as we wanted. Arrival was so easy, as Susan met us at the exit and we followed her to the farm, which was very close. We had an excellent experience and felt our horse was in a safe and good place. We will use the facility again in the future.". . . (10/29/13) - "I highly recommend Knickerbocker Stable. Susan was great. Clean, close to the interstate and easy access.". . . (12/9/13) - "This was a very positive experience. Susan met us at the interstate and was very helpful. The facility was clean and well kept. I felt very comfortable leaving my horse with Susan and her family.". . . (2/12/14) - "Weather was awful but Susan was great. Horses were warm and comfortable. Very close and convenient to interstate 81. Highly reccomend.". . . (5/7/14) - "Great place to stay and keep horses while traveling. We camped for free and could see the horses from the camper. Thanks Susan, we will be back. Highly recommended!!". . . (6/28/14) - "We have stayed before and will definitely stay again. Beautiful facility and great hosts. Horses were safe and comfortable. Highly reccomended.". . . (8/20/14) - "Susan went out of her way to meet us at the interstate and guided us the 2 or so miles to the farm since we were so tired and hadn't been there before. Excellent facilities, very clean and well kept. Easy to get to. Very helpful and professional host. Definitely would recommend it to anyone traveling with horses. Thanks Susan, we will stay again next time we come through that area!". . . (1/16/14) - "Great place to layover. Susan is a perfect hostess. Thanks for all you did. Highly recommend to anyone traveling with horses. Will see you again in the spring.". . . (3/10/15) - "Weather was awful but Susan made the layover great. Will be back on our next trip. Thanks for providing such a a great place to layover!!". . . (3/23/15) - "First long trip with my new horse. Really great layover. Nice big, safe, clean, stalls. Thanks, Susan, for all your help. We will be back.". . . (4/10/15) - "Really nice facility. Very friendly and helpful owners. This was a first for us traveling cross country with a horse. Would recommend to anyone needing to overnight. Close to the interstate, lots of motels and places to eat. +++++.". . . (5/4/15) - "Lovely roomy and airy stalls. Wrap around driveway might be tight for a large LQ trailer but still easy to turn around. Owner drove out to meet us at the exit. Recommend meeting at Sam's which is straight off the exit and well marked. GPS said exit at #5. Owner met us at #7. Easy to find. Take the left fork at the driveway to the barn.". . . (6/26/15) - "Great place to layover. Clean and close to interstate 81. Will be back!!!! Thanks for the hospitality, Susan!!!". . . (5/29/15) - "This is a great place to layover. Highly recommend! Lots of good motels around as well."

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Goose Creek Farm, LLC
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 33 0 0 24 hour monitoring 33 0 0
Friendliness of host 33 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 33 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 33 0 0 Facilities as represented 33 0 0
Security of facilities 33 0 0 Overall satisfaction 33 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 33 0 0 Total Scores 297 0 0
Comments:  (Editor's Comments: Due to the large amount of feedback we have received on this facility, all of it positive, we've posted only the more recent comments. We thank everybody who has sent in so many nice comments.)
(1/6/11) - "My husband and I stayed with Carl two times when traveling between Franklin, TN and Richmond, VA. Carl was friendly and informative. I loved having a large paddock for our two horses to stretch their legs after hours in the trailer. Everything was great! Bristol is 5 minutes away with any restaurant or hotel you would want but most importantly the facility is away from highway noise. Carl is always available and the entrance is locked at night for outsiders but not for your access. Would definitely stay there again.". . . (4/12/12) - "Mr. Richardson, thank you so much for letting us stay at your place. It was beautiful; you were so welcoming and very helpful. We really enjoyed our stay.". . . (8/9/12) - "This place was wonderful! The stalls and buckets were the cleanest I have encountered, the host was so nice and helpful, and it was within 5 minutes of tons of restaurants and hotels! We were traveling with 3 event horses and they were VERY happy over nighting there! It was storming when we were there, so we were not able to turn out, but had it not been, I would have also used the paddocks; they were quite nice. Driveway had plenty of room for me to turn my over sized four horse around.". . . (1/3/13) - "Wonderful place to stay. My horse had a good sized paddock with run-in shed. Owner was very personable and friendly. Gave recommendation of where to stay and we received a discount. Easy to get to and back to the interstate. Will definitely stay there again.". . . (9/7/13) - "Great place for a layover - vey convenient to interstate. Fantastic host greeted us at the road with a lantern, accommodated us even though we had our arrival date wrong. Used the paddock for two horses and the grass was fantastic... just ask tanner and dakota! Very quiet place to stay in your horse trailer. We will use Goose Creek again!". . . (10/4/13) - "This was truly a delightful place to stay. The host, Carl, could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. The turn out was beautiful and the stalls were immaculate. This is the best layover facility I have ever stayed in and I will definitely stay here again when I travel this way.". . . (10/6/13) - "Immaculate facility, super friendly host, Carl Richarson! All our needs were attended to immediately. Great horse facilities, great turn out paddocks. Mr. Richarson was also very welcoming and accommodating to our multitude of dogs! It was a pleasant and relaxing lay over and we would definitely go back!". . . (10/17/13) - "We had a wonderful stay at Goose Creek Farm. Carl was welcoming, accommodating and a pleasure to chat with. Our stalls were totally prepared with superb turnout for the horses. We'll be coming back next year!!". . . (10/19/13) - "Carl was very professional. Facilities were top notch; clean, safe and secure. True horseman owner. Everything you will need. We will be back. Thank you Goose Creek from our horses and us.". . . (10/4/13) - "Dwight loved staying here so much he didn't want to leave. He had a huge pasture of green grass to enjoy and a buddy to tease over the fence. Carl, the host, was incredibly helpful with accurate directions and hotel reservations. He called in the evening to give a status report on Dwight. He made sure all our needs were met including providing hay for the balance of our journey. Excellent service and facility located close to highway, hotels, stores and restaurants.". . . (11/18/13) - "Great experience! By far, one of the best layovers we have ever stayed in. We showed up late and Carl met us at the gate to guide us in. He had everything ready and helped get our horse settled into a large clean stall with water buckets filled and ready. Carl was very welcoming and super friendly. We will be back again. Thank you Carl for everything.". . . (3/5/14) - "Carl Richardson was waiting at the gate to let us in. He is very professional and friendly. Parking area was very easy to use with enough room to turn a trailer around. Stall was amazing with fresh water in it already and grain buckets provided. Carl was very knowedgeable and helped load and unload a very green horse. Paddock was very nice and spacious and working round pen onsite. Overall, I will keep my horses at this site when my travel plans take me to the area. Would recommend the Goose Creek Farm to anyone.". . . (3/19/14) - "I'm traveling a lot and I can truly say, Goose Creek Farm in Bristol, VA will be my first choice along I-81 if it is time for a rest! Thank you Carl for your help and hospitality!". . . (10/5/14) - "Goose Creek is a fantastic layover spot. We stayed on a return trip from Tenn. We got in a bit late and Carl was literally waiting with the light on out front directing us to his farm. We couldn't ask for anything to be any better. We will be back again in the Spring without hesitation.". . . (7/27/15) - "Our horses loved the Goose Creek Farm paddocks with the lush grass, run in shed, board fencing, and fresh water troughs . What a beautiful place to put our horses in and hook up our live in trailer . Also, close to I-81 exits 7 and 5. Carl met us at the gate with a flash light and made our stay very comfortable . We will definitely return to Goose Creek Farm when hauling horses in this area.". . . (8/1/15) - "Carl met us at the gate, showed us all the amenities of his farm and ensured both our horse and ourselves were taken care of for the evening. If I pass through through Bristol, VA., again, I will make plans for us to stay at Goose Creek Farm. Thanks Carl for a pleasant stay."

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Andora Farm
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0
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Redfield Farm
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 6 0 0 24 hour monitoring 6 0 0
Friendliness of host 6 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 6 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 6 0 0 Facilities as represented 6 0 0
Security of facilities 6 0 0 Overall satisfaction 6 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 6 0 0 Total Scores 54 0 0
Comments: (9/6/12) - "What a pleasure to place our horses in the care of Kathlyn for the night. Everything was more then we had expected. Clean, spacious, and safe for both horses and our equipment. The farm is very close to I-95 with overnight lodging very close by. Kathlyn, was in the barn to greet us and made us feel like one of the family. We will definitely stay at Redfield Farms again in our travels from Vermont to Florida. Thank you Kathlyn for taking such good care of our horses and us. Jake and King, Beligan 2300 lb.+ pulling horses say thank you for the hay and the treats of fresh carrots was much appreciated.". . . (12/25/13) - "I had the best experience staying overnight on my trip from Ocala to Boston! We traveled with 2 rigs and came in much later then we hoped. The owners were very nice and helpful; the stalls were big and clean. I will absolutely love to stay again on my way back to Ocala this winter ! Thank you for your great hospitality!". . . (4/6/14) - "These guys were great, meeting us late at night to help unload. Kept our stallion and 3 other horses safe and sound. We stayed last year on the way home to Vermont from Florida and just arranged to stay over next week again. Make this your half way stop!". . . (6/4/14) - "Nicest over night stabling I've ever experienced. Stalls were large clean, neat, and safe. Turnout was well fenced and safe. The owners were very helpful and made the experience as easy as possible. I had a trailer issue and Kathryn and Chuck helped me get service. They stored my trailer until all the parts could be collected and the trailer repaired.". . . (8/8/15) - "Very convenient to I-95. Owners were very accommodating for all of our needs. The facility is extremely clean. I highly recommend Red Field Farm.". . . (8/13/15) - "The Redfield Farm was by far the friendliest overnight stable we stayed at. They greeted us as we arrived at 9 pm . They had a stall ready. As we were attending to our tired Warmblood Dennis, the owner, was cleaning out our trailer for us. Wonderful, clean, safe facility."

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Penmerryl Farm Bed & Breakfast
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 2 0 0 24 hour monitoring 2 0 0
Friendliness of host 2 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 2 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 2 0 0 Facilities as represented 2 0 0
Security of facilities 2 0 0 Overall satisfaction 2 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 2 0 0 Total Scores 18 0 0
Comments: (2/15/15) - "Gammon was a pleasant host. We were traveling from South Carolina back to Vermont and looked forward to the stop. Stalls were excellent. Gammon accommodated our field trial dogs, provided power to our horse trailer, and provided welcome showers. Beautiful setting, easy to get to, and an Excellent host.". . . (3/31/15) - "Fabulous and then some! This layover is so convenient off the interstate, offers human and horse lodging and is pet friendly. AND....if you have a little extra time, they even have a hot tub and a pool! Gammon was so helpful with loading and unloading, the stalls are huge, the guest room was huge and the shower was HOT. I will definitely stay here again, in fact, we are planning to bring our own horses here for a weekend and ride the trails in the area. A great little getaway spot or perfect resting place for overnight when travelling. 5 stars!!!!"

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RockN K Inc.
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 8 0 0 24 hour monitoring 8 0 0
Friendliness of host 8 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 8 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 8 0 0 Facilities as represented 8 0 0
Security of facilities 8 0 0 Overall satisfaction 8 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 8 0 0 Total Scores 72 0 0
Comments: (10/20/04) - "Thanks for a great time! Clean barn and turnout area. Hotels and food were within 5 min. drive. May I suggest a bed & breakfast? I think your response would be great! Highly recommended facility.". . .(12/4/04) - "Great place - I've arrived at all hours of the morning and they have been very welcoming.". . .(10/10/05) - "Mike & Vicki are very friendly and extremely knowledgable about horses. I was amazed at the level of care they provided for our 'girls' during our relocation from California to the Richmond, VA area. I highly recommend this facility!". . .(12/9/05) - "Great people, they checked on my nervous horse several times during the night and moved him to the round pen once it was clear he wasn't happy in the stall. Clean and safe. Highly recommend for anyone traveling.". . .(12/13/05) - "One of my horses was injured during the few hours of turnout and they were very, very helpful in getting him to cross ties (very lame) and calling the vet and offering for me to stay as long as I needed.". . .(10/15/06) - "{The owners} were wonderful hosts and extremely accommodating.". . .(10/30/08) - "We stayed w/Mike & Vicki last year on Christmas week (Dec 22nd) and our experience was beyond belief. A FIRST CLASS operation and people who run it! No hesitiation about staying there again, IN FACT we just scheduled another stay for next month! Thanks again Mike & Vicki.". . . (11/5/09) - "A Super overnight stop, Mike and Vickie are very accommodating. We've stayed many times, it's easy to get to and always great."

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Lazy Acres Farm
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 4 0 0 24 hour monitoring 4 0 0
Friendliness of host 4 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 4 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 4 0 0 Facilities as represented 4 0 0
Security of facilities 4 0 0 Overall satisfaction 4 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 4 0 0 Total Scores 36 0 0
Comments: (2/19/14) - "We stayed an extra day because we felt so comfortable here! They had a great hook up for the RV right next to the covered outdoor riding ring and the barn was also very close so my horse was never far from my sight. When we decided to stay an extra day, the owners gave a large acre plus pasture to let my horse relax and enjoy some leg stretching frolicking. We will absolutely call on them again when we travel through VA!". . . (4/2/14) - "Amanda and her husband were awesome! Loved the farm and you cannot find nicer, kinder, more helpful people!". . . (5/31/14) - "The cabin and horse facilities were wonderful. Amanda and David were very accommodating. Very convenient and we will definitely stay there again.". . . (10/24/14) - "I stayed here twice and the facilities were exceptional. The hosts were both friendly and helpful. My horse was happy in the lovely, clean stall that was ready for him and he enjoyed turnout in the covered arena and also in a grass paddock. There was ample room for a big rig. The apartment was immaculate and had every convenience. I will definitely stay here again if I am in the area."

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Shenandoah Sporthorses
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0
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Stone Bridge Equestrian Center
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0
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Idle Moment Farm
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0
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Hidden Meadows Farm
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0
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Emmanuel Equine Facility
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 1 0 0 24 hour monitoring 1 0 0
Friendliness of host 1 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 1 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 1 0 0 Facilities as represented 1 0 0
Security of facilities 1 0 0 Overall satisfaction 1 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 1 0 0 Total Scores 9 0 0
Comments: (4/18/14) - "Very nice place. Large stalls and turn out paddock if desired. Owners very helpful. Have stayed here repeat times and have always found consistency. Beautiful area and my horses and I love the chickens! Makes us feel right at home."

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Holly Ridge Manor Horse and Dog Motel
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0
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Black Horse Inn
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0
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