Horseback Riding Lessons for Kids in the New York Area
Here are the horseback riding stables open for lessons now in the New York area.
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Stratford Stables - Open
120 Cottage Ave., Purchase
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm; Weekends: 9am-5pm
Prices: ½ hour private $75.00; One hour group: $95.00
What you need to know: mask while in the barn
Offers year-round lessons for ages 6 and older. Small mini-camps are available during school vacations and include lessons in horsemanship. A summer camp is offered June through August for ages 6-12 and features riding, grooming and tacking the horses, and art projects. Boarding and leasing of horses and ponies as well as showing opportunities are also offered.
Twin Lakes Farm - Open on a limited basis
960 California Road, Bronxville
Admission: LESSONS: Group & Private Lessons Available 7 Days Per Week! 1/2 Hour Private Lesson: $60; 1 Hour Group: $60; 1 Hour Semi-Private: $90; 1 Hour Private: $100
Private, semi-private, and group lessons are available daily, year round. The farm’s summer camp includes riding lessons, horsemanship, and arts and crafts.
Westchester Trail Rides - Open
6 Croton Lake Road, Croton-on-Hudson
Hours: Sunup to sundown
This stable offers guided horseback trail riding for all ages. Trails traverse more than 7,000 acres of land surrounding the Croton reservoir and dam. English and Western riding styles are accepted.
Nassau County Horseback Riding Stables
Bethpage Equestrian Center - Open
499 Winding Road, Old Bethpage
Hours: Sunday and Monday, 9am-5pm (no lessons on Mon); Tuesday and Thursday, 7am-8pm; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 7am-7pm
Prices: ½ hour $60 (single); 1 hour $90 (single); No more semi-private; Trail rides: 1 hour $50 (per person)
What you need to know: mask needed to enter and when you can’t social distance; after mounting horse mask is not required
Offers Western and English riding lessons and trail rides for ages 12 and older in Bethpage State Park. Night rides are offered in the summer. A therapeutic riding program is available for ages 5-21 of all skill levels. A “mommy and me” program for ages 18 months to 5 years includes horsemanship and some riding instruction.
Nassau Equestrian Center
62 Route 106, Jericho
Lessons are offered for ages 6 and older, beginners through advanced. Semi-annual horse shows are held to showcase students’ progress. Summer camp is offered June-August for ages 8-14 in which kids ride twice a day and learn to care for a horse. Guided trail rides are given for two to four people ages 12 and older.
New York Equestrian Center
633 Eagle Ave., West Hempstead
Hours: Monday and Friday, 4pm-8pm; Saturday, and Sunday 9am-5pm
Admission: ½ hour private lessons: $70.00; Hour private lessons: $100.00; One hour group lesson: $75.00; One hour semi lesson: $80.00; Trail ride pricing: 1 rider with a guide: $75.00; 2 Riders with a Guide per person: $60.00; 3 or More Riders with a Guide per person: $55.00
Private English- and Western-style lessons are offered for all ability levels. Group lessons are for intermediate-level riders to advanced jumpers. Guided, hour-long trail rides are given through Hempstead Lake State Park for those ages 13 and older. Programs for Boy and Girl Scouts are offered, and birthday parties are available. Weekly summer camp programs are offered from late June through the first week of September, Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. After-school fall and spring programs are also offered Monday-Friday (students choose one day per week to come in for an hour and a half).
Suffolk County Horseback Riding Stables
Babylon Riding Center - Open
1500 Peconic Ave., West Babylon
Hours: 11am-sundown (reservation only)
Prices: Lessons $55 for half hour; $80/hour; trail rides $50 for general ride, $70 for private ride
Lessons in Belmont State Park for beginners to advanced riders with private lessons, trail rides, and riding evaluations. Birthday parties are available at the ranch or your location in Suffolk County.
Country Farms Camp and Equestrian Center - Open
200 Bellport Ave., Medford
Hours: Weekdays: 9am-5pm; Weekends: 9:30am-8:30pm
Admission: ½ hour private: $55.00; 1 hour private: $75.00; 1 hour semi-private: $60.00; 1 hour group: $50.00
What you need to know: Mask required when showing up; no masks needed on horses
Lessons are taught to all ability levels. The facility includes 14 acres with an indoor arena. Summer camp runs Monday-Thursday in July and August for children who have completed at least 5½ hours of private lessons. Birthday parties are available upon request.
Deep Hollow Ranch - Open
Route 27 (3 miles east of Montauk Village), Montauk
Hours: 9am-3pm (reservation)
Admission: ½ hour trail rides: $55 per person; 1.5 hour: $110
What you need to know: Cash or check only; masks required on ranch and can take off once on horse; helmets borrowed and sanitized
Western-style beach and trail rides are offered for beginners to advanced riders. Private, guided rides are also available. Tours, trail, and beach rides for school and group trips are offered upon request. Pony rides are offered on site.
East End Stables
171 Oak View Highway, East Hampton
Hours: Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday, 8am-5pm
What you need to know: Bring a mask
Riding lessons and horse training are offered on site. The facility includes an indoor ring and two outdoor rings. Pony camp runs through the summer, daily (except Wednesdays) from 9am-12pm.
Island Hills Stables - Open
26 Rocky Point Road, Middle Island
Hours: 7:30am-9pm (reservation)
Admission: $55 ½ hour private lesson; hour: 90$; 45 semi-private $65
Private lessons are available. There is a summer camp in July and August with riding lessons, grooming and tacking, and recreational activities (Monday-Friday 9am-2pm). Two-hour birthday parties are also available.
Rising Stars Equestrian Center
499 Winding Road, Old Bethpage
Private and semi-private lessons, group lessons for intermediate/advanced riders, and mini lessons for kids are all available. After-school, holiday, customized, and birthday programs are offered. At the center’s summer camp, which runs from June through August, kids can ride, groom, bathe, and tack a horse as well as play games.
Sagamore Hill Stables
7 Downs Road, Huntington
Private riding lessons are offered Tuesday-Saturday by appointment for ages 5 and older of all experience levels.
Fairfield County, CT Horseback Riding Stables
Blue Spruce Farm - Open
626 Wheeler Road, Monroe
Hours: 12-5pm or later (Tuesdays and Fridays no customers until 3pm)
Admission: 1 hour guided trail ride: $60 per horse; lessons: ½ hour $50; hour $90 private
What you need to know: require visitors to wear a mask until on horse (appointment only)
Lessons in English and Western riding are based on principles of yoga and tai chi. The farm has a therapeutic riding program for children with special needs, offers 1-hour guided trail rides, and hosts group events that include pony rides, hay rides, and theme parties. The farm’s summer camp includes daily riding, grooming, saddling, therapeutic massage and meditation, swimming, yoga, and pizza parties.
Hours: 5 days a week (not Friday or Sunday) - Mon/Wed/Thurs: 12-7:30pm; Tuesdays 2:30-7:30pm; Saturday 9am-4pm
Admission: Private ½ hour: $90; Semi-private 1 hour: $110; Private 1 hour: $150; Group 1 hour: $95; Intro to Riding (3-5 yr olds only)
Silver Horseshoe Riding Stable - Open
350 Wolf Harbor Road, Milford
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am-6pm; Closed Sundays
Admission: (Lessons are Pay as you come) - 1 Hour Group (no more than 4 students)- $50; 1/2 Hour Semi Private (2 students) - $45 per person; 1/2 Hour Private - $60;1 Hour Private - $110; 1 Hour Semi Private (2 Students)- $65 per person; Trail Rides- Beginner Trail: 15 minute Lesson and 40 min Trail Ride (5 people max)- $70 per person’ Weekly Trail: 40 Minute Trail Ride - $60 per person
What you need to know: no masks required
Group, private, and semi-private lessons are offered in English and Western styles. The stable has an outdoor riding arena and a lighted indoor arena. Birthday parties are offered but space and time is limited.
Spring Meadow Farm
918 Wheelers Farm Road, Milford
Private and group lessons for ages 4 and older of all ability levels. The farm hosts a summer horsemanship and riding program. Therapeutic riding lessons are available based on PATH standards.
Hours: Reservations only 10am-3pm
Admission: single private lesson: $175 for hour; $114 for ½ hour (reservation only)
What you need to know: Masks required until on horse: only one other person can accompany them; proper riding attire required; must fill out health survey prior to arrival