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Westphalen Quarter Horses
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 10 0 0 24 hour monitoring 7 3 0
Friendliness of host 10 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 10 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 9 1 0 Facilities as represented 10 0 0
Security of facilities 10 0 0 Overall satisfaction 10 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 10 0 0 Total Scores 86 4 0
Comments: (6/1/08) - "Scott and Janet were friendly and available. Did a great job offering a large arena for our tired horse. Would recommend.". . . (4/23/13) - "My 2 year old filly was being transported from BC, Canada to PA, USA when the transporter had truck problems. It was a week before another shipping company was able to pick her up. In the interim I feel that Scott kept my filly calm, happy and healthy. When she did finally roll home she was in excellent condition both physically and mentally. Thank you so much Scott for taking the time with my filly and keeping me informed of how she was doing!". . . (8/10/14) - "Easy access from I-80. Scott met us at the intersection near his ranch and lead us in. He gave Dancer fresh water and a large indoor round pen to roll in and stretch his legs. The place was clean, well lit. Scott was friendly and helpful; we parked right next to Dancers door and plugged in. And the rates were very reasonable. We plan on staying there again on our return trip.". . . (9/15/16) - "Very nice facility. Scott met me when I arrived. Very accommodating. Clean & safe stalls. Parked 52 ft. rig in front of the barn with 30 amp electric available. Will use again when traveling. Great place to overnight!!". . . (7/9/17) - "Very nice. Very friendly. Very convenient.". . . (5/21/19) - "A bit dusty, but an excellent facility for an efficient layover... camper hookups, truckstop and motel right there next to the exit. Scott was friendly and helpful. Recommend and will use again in the future.". . . (8/21/19) - "We had to make an emergency stop and they were kind enough to make room for us even though they were full. They had a round pen we could use for the horses and provided a generator for us to have electricity.". . . (10/12/19) - "I LOVED that my horse could have an entire arena to chill in after a long haul from Colorado to our 1/2 way point in Iowa. It was exactly what a horse should have after being stuck in a trailer for hours. I will stop here again.". . . (7/31/20) - "Scott has a beautiful place for your horses to stay, Truly out in the country, he gave us the huge indoor stall for our horses to enjoy the night out. Found a wonderful restaurant in town and a hotel is just down the street.. highly recommended!"

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Triple M Stable
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 7 0 0 24 hour monitoring 7 0 0
Friendliness of host 7 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 6 1 0
Cleanliness of facilities 7 0 0 Facilities as represented 7 0 0
Security of facilities 7 0 0 Overall satisfaction 7 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 7 0 0 Total Scores 62 1 0
Comments: (11/13/14) - "We have been traveling each Spring and Fall and look forward to staying at Bob Main's. It clean and safe and I know my horses are well cared for. I highly recommend this stable.". . . (6/24/15) - "Bob is a great host. He made us feel perfectly comfortable, let us use his horse wash and arena. The barn was very clean, stalls for the horses were nice and safe. Getting to Triple M Stable from the interstate was very easy. We had three trailers and 6 horses in our party; we easily parked at Triple M and had a great layover. Bob is a great guy. Thanks Bob for your hospitality.". . . (7/20/15) - "Bob squeezed us in at the last minute when our travel arrangements were changed and he was very accommodating!". . . (5/27/20) - Bob was super helpful and made last minute accommodations for us. He was extremely friendly, even though we arrived late at night. Adequate parking for multiple vehicles pulling trailers.". . . (6/20/20) - "I would like to thank Bob for his hospitality, out of all the places we stabled our horse on our way from Miami to Montana, this was probably my favorite I think because it reminded me the most of home. It might have something to do with the Appys in the field, too. LOL. Honestly though, it was a great facility, Bob had a spacious place for our horse for the night, it was dry and clean and had great feeders and waters. Our horse had plenty of room to move around because the weather was nice so we left him outside in a nice big pen and he loved it. Thank you once again Bob for all your hospitality. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone going south or heading north.". . . (11/2/20) - "Stalls were all ready for us. Host met us on arrival; it was late at night so greatly appreciated. Had a little tractor to clean trailers out and offered to haul hay to barn. Stalls are nice and big. If you have a large trailer you will need to back and turn around but no big deal; we had two 40 ft + trailers and had no problems. We would stay again.". . . (5/16/21) - "Bob and his daughter MacKenzie are stellar hosts. We had RV trouble and ended up staying for a week.They made time to come and get us road side after our RV broke down the second time. The stalls were clean, nice arena for exercise and trails close by if you wanted to ride out. Easy pull through for big rigs and they know all the locals. Stop at The BBQ And Twist for fried pickles, ice cream and hushpuppies."

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Chester's Barn
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 26 0 0 24 hour monitoring 26 0 0
Friendliness of host 26 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 26 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 26 0 0 Facilities as represented 26 0 0
Security of facilities 25 1 0 Overall satisfaction 26 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 26 0 0 Total Scores 233 1 0
(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.)
(7/17/16) - "My daughter and I were meeting our horse's new owner and turning her over in Des Moines. Due to issues at the border we did not arrive until 3:00 a.m. and Chester was there to meet us. The pictures do not do the place justice. The farm is on the edge of town and is very clean and well kept. At 3:00 a.m. Chester was as pleasant and welcoming as he was when we came back at 11:00 a.m. Our experience could not have been better. My daughter and I feel very lucky to have been able to meet Chester. (Lol, we are not family "plugging" his barn).". . . (10/31/16) - "Very pleased with our over night stalling. Chuck was a super host! Freshly bedded, safe stalls and we were able to plug into electric right by the barn. We will definitely be back!". . . (6/18/17) - "Chuck and [Esther] were awesome!! Never had we stayed at a horse motel but wouldn't hesitate to do so. Our experience was great. They took extra good care of us. Hope to see them again!! The Yeager's.". . . (7/25/17) - "Thank you Chuck and Ester for your help in our overnight stop. It was hot and we were tired and your extra help in setting up and making sure we were comfortable was appreciated. My wife was very sick that evening and ended up in ER and is currently in the hospital. I was stressed very much trying to get home that day and your extra help and pleasant welcoming home was much needed and appreciated. Thank you.". . . (11/7/17) - "Chuck was very kind, accommodating, and helpful! The barn is very nice and the stalls are safe. We highly recommend staying here!". . . (4/5/18) - "Chuck was awesome. We had two horses that were thrust into a cold, late night and they had lots of energy. Chuck made sure they were well kept. Chuck is as nice and easy-going as they get - a great host!". . . (3/19/19) - "I was relocating from Indiana to Montana when I got caught in that hideous "Bombogenesis" storm, Ulmer. I was rerouted from my original scheduled location and made it to Chester's. Chuck was so welcoming and kind. My horse and I were there for 4 days before it was safe to leave. Chuck and Esther were THE BEST. I highly recommend. My horse's stall was clean and filled with nice, fluffy shavings. His water bucket was spotless and always full. Easy, and I mean EASY, access to I-80!". . . (5/3/19) - "We came in with two rigs late in the evening. We were warmly welcomed and made very comfortable. Horses were split into two very nice grassy paddocks. Excellent stop. Will definitely use again when in the area.". . . (7/6/19) - "Friendly folks and easy to navigate. We will be back when passing through again.". . . (7/13/19) - "Chuck was super helpful and friendly! We pulled in late and left early. He helped us every step of the way. It was a beautiful place to stay for us and the horses! Thanks Chuck!. . . (7/14/20) - "We are so happy we found Chester's Barn! It was so conveniently located off of I-35, and near lots of hotels and restaurants. Dora and the whole family were so welcoming and helpful. They were genuinely happy to see our horse. The stall were very nice. We will definitely use their services again!". . . (9/4/20) - "Chester's Barn is still in the horse lay over business!! I'm excited to be able stay there again. Love it!!". . . (10/4/20) - "A must stay!! Very clean and safe. Dora and Jose were amazing!! My horses and dogs loved their stay and didn't seem to want to leave. Dora kept in touch with me through my set backs of my trip as a friend would. Jose met me in the dark and helped me going the extra mile and didn't mind my dogs running all over the property. Dora met me in the morning keeping me company while the horses ate and also helped me with anything I needed. The horses kicked up their heels just before loading. A wonderful and uneventful stay!! Thank you, Dora and Jose, for making all me and all my four legged friends feel at home!!". . . (10/20/20) - "Chesters/ Doras facility was well maintained, clean and secure..Dora and family very welcoming after a super long day of hauling. We did not have firm reservations as we did not know if we would be able to purchase animal but both Dora and I kept in touch and were reassured that space would be available. Did not give a second thought about leaving pony there after arrival ( when we went to stay at nearby motel.) Very safe and comfortable for pony who no longer wanted to be penned up in a trailer...round pen was just the ticket. ! I would recommend to everyone.". . . (11/8/20) - "Easy to find barn, just east of Des Moines. Gracious hosts, awesome paddock, I slept well knowing my horse was well cared for.". . . (3/16/21) - "New owners since I was here last, but same great place. Jose was right there when I arrived and helped me get my 3 horses situated. March in Iowa so was happy they were in a warm, dry, very clean barn. Closed the door and set up my very large, long LQ, they had plenty of room to maneuver. Set up my rig and went inside to pay when Dora got home. She and her kids and cute puppies were very welcoming and couldn’t have been better hosts. I will stay again whenever in the area. Strongly recommended!'. . . (5/12/21) - "Wonderful place for your horse. Dora was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this facility. I would rate it a 10."

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Prairie Rose Arena
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 0 1 0
Cleanliness of facilities 1 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 1 0
Security of facilities 0 1 0 Overall satisfaction 1 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 1 0 Total Scores 5 4 0
Comments: (8/25/19) - "Very convenient to I-80 and welcoming host."

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Bollmeyer Farms
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 3 0 0 24 hour monitoring 3 0 0
Friendliness of host 3 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 3 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 3 0 0 Facilities as represented 3 0 0
Security of facilities 3 0 0 Overall satisfaction 3 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 3 0 0 Total Scores 27 0 0
Comments: (5/9/20) - "Bollmeyer Farms is one of the nicest horse motels I have ever been to. The facilities are top notch and Rachel was very helpful and available from the time we pulled in until we left. I highly recommend this facility and when you stay at Bollmeyer Farms you and your horses will be very comfortable, safe and secure. Sheri Spurlock, Bridle Ridge Horse Camp, Custer, SD.". . . (8/8/20) - "This is a beautiful facility. Rachael was there when we arrived and was very patient with us parking our trailer and getting the horse in the stall for the night. She evn called the next day after we left to make sure all was well!". . . (1/25/21) - "Bollmeyer Farms is exceptional! They were so accommodating and helpful! The barn is clean and stalls are spacious! Highly recommend them!"

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Winds Reach Farm
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 4 0 0 24 hour monitoring 2 2 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 34 2 0
Comments: (7/13/17) - "Very clean facility. Owner takes pride in his work and it shows. Even his boarders were friendly and nice. Stalls were clean and well bedded when we arrived". . . (8/21/19) - "Excellent stables for the horses. This place is more for people that want to board their horse than what it is for the people that are traveling and need an overnight stay. The people were very nice and did have hook ups in the barn for us to have electricity for the night.". . . (10/12/19) - "EXACTLY what I had in mind as I stayed overnight. Will stay again next time I�m in the area.". . . (2/3/20) - "Very nice stall, auto waterers, large indoor for exercise. We came in January in bad weather and after dark. They were awesome and got us tucked in. Also, we were unable to travel the next day and they were kind enough to let us stay another night. We stayed at the B and B so we were with our horses through the day. Our experience was excellent."

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Cyclone Country Stables
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 2 0 0 24 hour monitoring 1 1 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 1 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 2 0 0 Total Scores 17 1 0
Comments: (11/30/20) - "Lynzee & Drew are great hosts! We will stay again when we need a stopover near Ames.". . . (4/25/21) - "Had a wonderful stay here, highly recommend. Friendly, peaceful, facilities were awesome."

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Singing Mesa Ranch
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: (8/3/20) - "I had the most amazing time at singing Mesa Ranch with my Andalusian gelding. We were supposed to stay for one night; instead we stayed for three nights because it was so incredible. If you’re passing through Lucas, Iowa you have to just lay over there. This ranch will feed your and your horse's soul."

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Red Roof Stable and 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 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: (11/19/17) - "I'm a professional transport company and this is one of my go to places. Love Diane!". . . (4/13/18) - "This place has GREAT things to do while staying here!! I rode the levy everyday and LOVED the pleasant ride among wildlife and water fowl. If interested in fishing it's the place to put in a boat or a kayak to fish or simply EXPLORE the multiple river channels. I would look forward to a stay here any chance I get. Crystal.". . . (5/21/18) - "Easy access for a big rig. The stalls are exceptionally clean and the friendliness of the host exceeded expectations. Will be back.". . . (8/29/18) - "Top notch facility - also had turnouts for the horses for awhile and great stalls - nice level and large area for overnight hook-ups. Definitely will use this as an overnight again.". . . (9/3/18) - "Awesome place to overnight. Very clean Diane and Doug are the best!! I definitely recommend.". . . (7/7/19) - "Diane was a great host and once the home is complete on this property it is going to be amazing! We were able to turn our two horses out in a spare pasture for a bit once we arrived. The stalls were clean and there was enough bedding supplied to even satisfy my horse! Thank you for the layover opportunity. There is a lot of room for multiple rigs at this place!"

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Bear Creek Stables
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 3 0 0 24 hour monitoring 3 0 0
Friendliness of host 3 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 3 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 3 0 0 Facilities as represented 3 0 0
Security of facilities 3 0 0 Overall satisfaction 3 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 3 0 0 Total Scores 27 0 0
Comments: (5/13/19)- "I would give my visit a 12 out of 10. Lon and his wife were incredible, the cleanliness of the stables immaculate. He really went the extra mile to make us comfortable.". . . (8/5/20) - "Very nice facility. Horse comfort and easy access to freeway.". . . (12/29/20) - "Lou was amazing; this was the third stop on our trip cross country and as soon as we arrived I knew my mare would be quite comfortable for the night. The barn and indoor arena were quiet and clean, and the barn cats were very friendly. Highly recommend this stable if you're passing through the area."

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Horse Creek Adventures
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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Hagen's Crazy 8 Acres
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 11 0 0 24 hour monitoring 10 1 0
Friendliness of host 11 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 6 5 0
Cleanliness of facilities 11 0 0 Facilities as represented 11 0 0
Security of facilities 10 1 0 Overall satisfaction 11 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 11 0 0 Total Scores 92 7 0
Comments: (3/11/16) - "Extremely nice host, nice stall. I transport llamas and I would DEFINITELY use them again!". . . (8/9/16) - "Cloey was super and her place is great; cleann, plesant and easy to get in and out of. I will stay with her again.". . . (9/15/16) - "Kurt and Barb were great! Our dog died on the way there; and they generously helped us bury him there. On our way back, I was still missing my dog. Barb took me on a road trip and helped me find two puppies to bring home. A big thank-you for all their help.". . . (7/27/17) - "Barb and Chloe were great...friendly, efficient, helpful. Nice stalls and round pen. 2 LQ hookups. A bit of a distance to restaurants, BUT they directed us to a nearby town that had everything you could need. Be sure to check out the summer sunrise over the fields. Great place! We'll be back.". . . (2/15/18) - "Great place, stayed on the way out and back. Very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend.". . . (9/19/18) - "Barb went far out of her way to make our stay comfortable. She went above and beyond for us and our horses. We are so grateful.". . . (7/21/19) - "Wonderful hosts, great facilities! Enjoyed our stay. Would recommend to others.". . . (11/21/19) - "What a great spot! Super friendly and helpful host, kindly accommodated a date change to avoid bad weather, safe and quiet pen to rest the horses, easy driveway for a larger trailer and a perfect level spot to park your rig. I will definitely be back!". . . (6/1/20) - "Barb Hagen is the best!! Super accommodating, we called in route, last minute and she was willing to accommodate our needs. Huge stalls, friendly host, beautiful sunset, beautiful sunrise!! Made new friends!". . . (6/27/20) - "Hosts were fantastic with secured stalls in a quiet but easy to access area. The owner was able to accommodate us at the last minute and we had everything we needed including 30 amp service, easy access to water, even turnout in the round pen for our horses. Highly recommend!"

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Slow Lopin' Stables
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 5 0 0 24 hour monitoring 3 2 0
Friendliness of host 5 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 4 1 0
Cleanliness of facilities 5 0 0 Facilities as represented 5 0 0
Security of facilities 5 0 0 Overall satisfaction 5 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 5 0 0 Total Scores 42 3 0
Comments: (3/21/19) - "Lou and his wife couldn�t have been nicer. The new barn was immaculate, stalls filled with fresh shavings. A beautiful drive to their farm from 35W. Thanks.". . . (8/15/19) - "Lou was very accommodating. The stable was absolutely beautiful. I would recommend this to anyone looking to stable in the Iowa Area!!!". . . (10/4/19) - "Beautiful facility with large, clean stalls, freshly bedded. Lou was very friendly and accommodating for our large group. I highly recommend Slow Lopin' Stables to weary travelers.". . . (10/4/19) - "Great experience! Lou is a real nice guy; he made us feel welcome and often said, "make yourself at home," which was real sweet. BEAUTIFUL facility! Clean, well kept stalls, and giant arena for horses to get some exercise after a long drive. We were all so happy to have found this little gem. Thank you Lou!!!". . . (10/7/19) - "I would highly recommend this facility to anyone! They were able to accommodate our entire group and our 3 large rigs with living quarters. The facility is beautiful, clean and Lou was great to work with. He had everything ready and was there to greet us when we arrived. He kept in touch with us throughout the day since we were not sure what time we would arrive and texted us directions to follow to avoid the bad roads that our GPS would have brought us in on. We were told to "make yourselves at home" and we spent the evening relaxing and enjoying their beautiful spot in Iowa. We will definitely use these beautiful facilities next time we venture south again."

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