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Horseback Riding Lessons for Kids in the New York Area

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.


If your child is begging for a pony, and all you see are dollar signs, it might be worth considering all the benefits horseback riding brings to kids. Exercise is one, of course. Riding is aerobic, but it also builds muscle strength and increases balance, not to mention coordination, visual spatial skills, faster reflexes, and all-round circulation. But riding offers more than just physical benefits. A child who is able to master the skill of synthesis with such a graceful, large animal will have improved self-confidence, self-discipline, and the appropriate ability to take risks. A child caring for a horse learns patience, care, respect, and responsibility. Don't forget your helmet!

 

New York City Horseback Riding Stables

 

Bronx Horseback Riding Stables

Bronx Equestrian Center/Pelham Bit Stable - Open
9 Shore Road, Southeast Bronx
718-885-0551
Hours: Daily, 9am-7pm 
Prices: Pony rides: $5 for three rides for 1 child; trail rides: $65 per hour and $10 deposit at booking; private lessons: $40 30 minutes, $65 1 hour
What you need to know: All visitors must wear a mask. Guests can bring their own helmets, but the stable’s helmets are sanitized between uses.

English- and Western-style riding lessons available by appointment for ages 6 and older. Pony rides are offered daily from 9am-5pm. A children's summer program is offered weekly from late June through mid-August for kids ages 6-17 interested in horses and horsemanship. Birthday parties, carriage rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides are also available.

 

Riverdale Stables
6100 Mosholu Ave., Riverdale
718-548-4848
Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm. Visitors must schedule reservation at 5pm day before
Prices: $60 for 30-minute private evaluation lesson (required for all new riders); $100 for 1 hour (instructor must verify after first lesson)
What you need to know: Visitors are not allowed in the barn (it’s closed); no friends or additional family can visit besides the child and a parent; everyone must wear a mask until on horse (unless you need instructor close by to assist you); must wear your own boots (no sneakers or flat sole shoes), and bring helmet and gloves.

The center offers lesson programs for young riders as well as adults. An after-school riding program features lessons in riding, grooming, stable management, and horse care with pick-up at some Manhattan schools. The center’s summer camp (offered weekly throughout the summer) features riding lessons, leisure rides, and horse care. The stables also offers an Interscholastic Equestrian Association team in both Hunt Seat and Dressage disciplines for middle school and high school students, and private boarding and leasing as well.

 

 

Queens Horseback Riding Stables

GallopNYC
GallopNYC Forest Hills: 8803 70th Road, Forest Hills
GallopNYC Sunrise Stables: 80-98 Linden Blvd., Howard Beach
718-261-7679
Hours: By reservation only; there is currently a wait list.
Prices: Forest Hills: $55 30-minute private lesson; $75 45-minute private lesson; $90 1-hour private lesson. Sunrise Stables: $50 30-minute private lesson; $80 1-hour private lesson
What you need to know: Only the Sunrise Stables location is open for recreational riding; trail lessons are available at Forest Hills for advanced riders only. Temperature will be taken upon arrival, each visitor must fill out a questionnaire; and masks are required.

Lessons are offered to all riders, including lessons to help people in NYC with disabilities walk, talk and learn. Both centers offer lesson programs for young riders and adults, using an indoor arena as well as trail lessons offered in Forest Park. Western and English both offered. 

 

Brooklyn Horseback Riding Stables

Kensington Stables
51 Caton Place, Kensington
718-972-4588
Hours: By appointment, daily, 10am to sunset
Prices: 1-hour trail rides: $42 ages 11 and older; lessons: $42 for 30 minutes, $68 for 1 hour. 
What you need to know: Guests are asked to maintain social distance with those around you when riding.

Offer English- and Western-style lessons for ages 6 and older in Prospect Park or a small indoor arena. Trail rides through Prospect Park are available for all riding levels.



Jamaica Bay Riding Academy
7000 Shore Parkway, Mill Basin
718-531-8949
Hours: 10am-4pm (no appointment needed)
Prices: $70 (must be 9 or older) for 45-minute trail ride with guide; minimum of 2 people per group
What you need to know: Guests must wear masks when inside the administration building.

Private and family lessons are offered for kids of all ages and levels. Private and group trail rides, pony rides, and birthday parties are available. Summer camp for ages 5-15 includes daily lessons, beach riding, arts and crafts, and animal care. There is an elementary and middle school/high school riding team for appropriate ages and skill levels.

 

NYC Suburbs Horseback Riding Stables

Bergen County, NJ Horseback Riding Stables

Bergen Equestrian Center
40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia
201-336-3370
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-6pm
Admission: Residents: introduction: $58 30-minute private lesson; beginner/intermediate: $68 30-minute private lesson, $75 1-hour group; intermediate/advanced: $85 30-minute private lesson, $95 1-hour group. Non-residents: introduction: $63 30-minute private lesson introduction; beginner/intermediate: $73 30-minute private lesson, $85 1-hour group; intermediate/advanced: $95 30-minute private lesson, $105 1-hour group.
What you need to know: All guests must wear a mask.

Beginner to advanced riding lessons are available Tuesday-Sunday. For advanced riders, there are specialty trainers for each discipline, including jumping, hunters, equitation, and dressage. An after-school program and full-time summer camp are also offered.

 

Pony Power Therapies at Three Sisters Farm - Not open for riding
1170 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah
201-934-1001

Offers therapeutic riding and non-riding activities for children with special needs. Sibling program and summer day programs are available. School groups are welcomed weekly for lessons and classroom activities.

 

Saddle Ridge Riding Center
900 Shadow Ridge Road, Franklin Lakes
201-847-9999
Hours: daily, 8am-8pm; reservations required
Admission: $50-$55 for 30 minutes
What you need to know: Masks are required. Parents may accompany children younger than 18, otherwise no other visitors are allowed. Riders must wear jeans and boots; helmets can be borrowed.

The center offers beginner to advanced lessons with experienced trainers. Guided trail rides are offered daily for a maximum of five people. Birthday parties and other parties for special occasions are available for up to 15 people. A summer camp for ages 5-15 is also offered.

 

Rockland County Horseback Riding Stables

Camp Venture Equestrian Center - Temporarily closed
15 Fernald Road, Stony Point
845-786-3929
The full-service, year-round therapeutic and recreational riding facility with PATH certified staff, is open to the public. Private and group lessons available, as well as birthday parties, summer programs, and fundraisers. Small animal farm on-site.

 

Nickel-O-Farm
369 Strawtown Road, West Nyack
845-353-8006
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-7pm
Admission: Under 10: $30 for 15 min child private lessons; All: $60 for ½ hour private lesson
What you need to know: Mask required when within 6 ft of each other

Private Western- and English-style riding lessons are offered for ages 4 and older. Petting zoos on site and "pony parties" are available remotely. There is a weekly summer riding program June through August in which kids ride, learn to groom the horses, and special activities.

 

Ramapo Equestrian Center
1152 Haverstraw Road, Suffern
845-354-7669

Private English- and Western-style lessons, jumping, and dressage lessons are available. Birthday parties are also offered. Summer camp runs daily through late August; campers take lessons, learn stable management, and participate in arts and crafts, games, and outdoor activities.

 

Westchester County Horseback Riding Stables

Autumn Farm - Open
306 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
914-669-5382
Hours: 8am-6pm (more or less everyday)
Price: ½ hour price $75; 45-minute semi-private $75; when moving to jumping-$100 for 30min
What you need to know: Masks are required until mounting; Not allowed in barn 

Take riding lessons year-round by appointment only and choose from private or group lessons. Also visit to watch horse shows, or sale or lease your own horse. 

 

Boulder Brook Equestrian Center - Open
291 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
914-725-3912
Hours: 9am-7pm
Admission: ½ Hour Private Lesson - $100.00 per lesson; 1-hour Group Lesson or 45-minute semi-private - $100.00 per lesson
What you need to know: masks are required until on horse

Private and group lessons for children and adults (ages 6 and older) are offered at Westchester's largest indoor riding ring. Its summer camp includes daily lessons in riding and stable management. Pony rides are given daily and birthday parties are available on Sunday afternoons.

 

Chicory Meadow Farm
76 Jack Road, Cortlandt Manor
914-737-7814

Group, semi-private, and private lessons are offered daily. Customized lessons are available based on a rider’s specific needs, abilities, and goals. A summer camp is offered that features hands-on horsemanship, riding, horse care, arts and crafts, nature walks, picnics, and games. The facility includes indoor and outdoor arenas.


Fox Hill Farms
204 Old Sleepy Hollow Road, Pleasantville
914-769-9813

English-style riding lessons available in a group or private setting. Guided rides are available through the Rockefeller Preserve in spring, summer, and fall. A weekly summer camp in June through August includes riding lessons, horse care, and games. Pony rides are also available during the summer.

 

JT Farm - Open for lessons
1125 Route 35, South Salem
914-763-3705
Hours: 8am-5pm
Admission: $75 for half  hour, $125 for one hour, semi-private lessons
What you need to know: Must wear masks; can’t walk into barn, horse will come to you; don't have to wear mask on horse

Provides lessons for all levels and all ages. Facility includes 45 miles of trails, an indoor ring, two outdoor rings, and a Grand Prix field.

 

Kentucky Riding Stables
325 Union Ave., Harrison
914-381-2825

Family-owned and operated, offering riding instruction, training, and boarding with private or semi-private lessons by appointment only for riders of all skill levels. There is a weekly summer camp offered from July through August, where campers participate in daily riding instruction, leisure trail rides, and the basics of grooming, bathing, and barn management. 



 

Stratford Stables - Open
120 Cottage Ave., Purchase
914-939-9294
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
914-961-2192
Hours: 8:30am-9pm
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
914-539-2987
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.

 

Long Island Horseback Riding Stables

Nassau County Horseback Riding Stables

Bethpage Equestrian Center - Open
499 Winding Road, Old Bethpage
516-531-8007
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
516-342-1771

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
516-486-9673
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
631-587-7778
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
631-345-9585
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
631-668-2744
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
631-324-9568
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
631-924-4046
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
631-923-1313

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
631-549-9178

Private riding lessons are offered Tuesday-Saturday by appointment for ages 5 and older of all experience levels.

 

Connecticut

Fairfield County, CT Horseback Riding Stables

Blue Spruce Farm - Open
626 Wheeler Road, Monroe
203-268-6774
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.

 

374 Hulls Farm Rd, Southport
203-255-5092
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)
 
Private, semi-private, and group lessons offered for those who want the whole package in their equine journey. Knowledgeable instructors and quality lesson horses ensure our students experience is safe, fun and educational. Indoor and outdoor facilities available. 

 

Silver Horseshoe Riding Stable - Open
350 Wolf Harbor Road, Milford
203-874-2168
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
203-877-4784

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.

 

29 Giles Hill Road, Redding
203-938-3760
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
 
 
This holistic farm specializes in teaching Aware Riding, focusing on releasing tension and developing senses and balance in orer to ride well. It also teaches stable management, and offers group and private classes on topics such as show preparation, braiding, mane pulling, clipping, tack fitting, tack cleaning, horse clothing, first aid, leg wrapping, restraint, feeding and nutrition, worming, shoeing options, lunging, round penning, conformation, and movement.

 

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