The best way to learn how horses are trained is to help train a horse.

Learn how to better understand the training process for green horses and expanding knowledge on horsemanship skills.

As a member of the Greenhorn Training Class, you will be able to work with our green horses in a combination of structured and independent environments. Greenhorns will work together to train and work young horses, as well as new green horses to prepare them for their lives as lesson horses.

Classes are taught by Ryan Crabill, instructor and horse trainer at Painted Bar Stables
and assisted by owner, Erika Eckstrom

Individual Classes: $55

Fridays starting at 6:00pm
Classes are usually 2 hours in length

Register to participate in class here!

If you would like to audit a class (attend but not participate) we welcome you at a cost of $35

Monthly Club Pass: $175

The Greenhorn Club Pass allows access to an entire month of classes as well as opportunities for training labs.
This is a 20% discount PLUS added club bonuses!!!

Join the club here so that you can then register for classes for free.

Group Classes

The monthly club includes classes for the entire month.

Classes will be focused on demonstrations of skills that we decide are important in our other meeting. This would be a hands on time for instructors, and interns to jump in and fix skill sets.

Note: Classes do not roll over from month to month and must be used the month of the membership. We are trying to encourage people to get involved on a regular basis.

Training Labs

Training labs are the unlimited, unsupervised practice sessions that greenhorns have to work with designated and assigned horses for groundwork and basic training skills. These are opportunities to review skills and develop the repetition needed for horses and humans to learn these foundational skills.

No skill is too small to repeat and perfect!

Training labs can be booked online through the FrontDesk and a staff member will assign your horse and training task. Please book these sessions at the end of your weekly class so that we can easily assign horses and tasks.

Every training lab must be recorded in the schooling database in order to track horse and member progress to be discussed at meetings. We strongly encourage videotaping your session using our iPad stand or chest mount straps for instructional review.

Additional Learning Opportunities Additional groundwork lessons and riding lessons with staff can always be purchased in order to support the work you are doing in the club and help you achieve your personal goals.

Ducky as a Foal

Requirements for Club Membership:

Requirements to be able to join the club and be able to do unsupervised work with horses you need to have the following understanding:

All members must have basic knowledge of groundwork skills: haltering, leading, picking up feet,

All members must obey maximum skills level limits. Not every club member will be allowed to ride or do groundwork at the same skill level. Not everyone will be working at the same level at the same time, just like how the horses won't be at the same level either. The goal is to work together as a club to make these newer and younger horses into finished products for the entire community

Members that intend to do any mounted work must be capable of posting trot and posess soft hands and understanding of leg cues. This must be evaluated beforehand in a lesson setting. Members that intend to ride must update their riding weight on FrontDesk regularly in order to be appropriately mounted.


Level 1: Greenhorn

  • Basic Ground Skills: Haltering horses of all ages, Leading horses of all ages, Developing personal space
  • Desensitizing Horses to Touch
  • Foundational Riding Skills: Standing at Mounting Block, Tacking up Horses, Moving Away from Pressure
  • Lunging: Developing your own lunging skills on easier horses

Level 2: Buckaroo

  • Lunging: lunging horses that have experience with the concept but may need support, Bit and Lunge easier horses
  • Desensitizing horses to obstacles on the ground.
  • Ponying horses familiar with being ponied.
  • Mounting and riding green horses at the walk.

Level 3: Specialist

At this point you should know where your strengths are and should be focusing on developing a specialty.

  • Lunging: bit and lunge, lunging over cavalettis, lunging in patterns at the walk
  • Basic Ground Driving
  • Under Saddle: Flexion, Moving off Leg, Turn on Forehand
  • Mounted Obstacle Courses with easier horses

Level 4: Wrangler

By the time you are a wrangler, you should have your specialty honed and now are venturing out to topics beyond your specialty.

  • Lunging: lunging at the canter, lunging over jumps
  • Ground Driving for flexion and collection, on trail and through obstacles
  • Under Saddle: Flexion, Collection at the walk, Moving off Leg, Turn on the Forehand and Haunches, Trot Transitions
  • Trail Riding at a Walk, Balancing on Hills
  • Mounted Obstacle Courses with harder horses

Level 5: Assistant Trainer

Assistant trainers have a number of specialties and are able to support horses at a variety of tasks, as well as help others.

  • Lunging: at the canter, lunging in patterns at the trot, lunging over gymnastics
  • Under Saddle: collection at the trot, canter transitions, leg yields

Level 6: Trainer

Once you get to the trainer level you are ready for your own project. Trainers at this level will be more focused on a training plan.

  • Develop specific training goals and training plan.
  • Create video progression reports



Incident Report Form

If you are a member and you have an incident with one of the horses please use this link to report the incident and help us keep track of anything that occurs in the barn:

Incidents may include very minor experiences, but are still worth reporting. Examples of Incidents: Horses biting or kicking on trail, getting squashed in the barn, someone falling off, saddle and tack malfunction or repair needed, horses running through the bit or being hard to control, spooking, etc...


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4093 Lake Street (Rte. 79) Burdett, NY 14818