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The Painted Bar Stables offers lessons to children, adults and seniors in a safe and instructional environment. Our experience is one that mingles the fun of horseback riding with learning about riding skills, horse behavior and general riding information.

To request to schedule lessons, please fill out a request form

The focus of our programs is not shows, ribbons or external success, but the ability to ride safely in the arena and on trail in real life situations and to independently navigate obstacles.

While our lessons do instruct using classic riding techniques, the goal of our program is to develop confidence, real-life skill and the knowledge necessary to ride or own your own horse.

What kind of lessons are you looking for?

Take our Interactive Quiz to find out which ride is best for you!!

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YOUTH

 

PRE-TEENS

 

ADULTS & TEENS

Tiny Tots Horsemanship
Ages 2-5
A complete program for kids under the age of 5 years old who want to learn how to be comfortable and in control around horses while developing balance and foundational skills.

  Youth Group Riding Lessons
Ages 8-12
A lesson program designed specifically for youth ages 8-12 to explore horsemanship, equestrian knowledge and riding skills in a collaborative, fun environment.
 

Real World Riding Lessons
Group and Private Lessons for teens and adults to improve their riding skills, learn proper English and Western riding styles and apply their riding to real-life situations in the arena and on trail.

Pee Wee Riding Lessons
Ages 5-7
Pee Wee lessons are designed for youth who are ready to learn how to be more independent in their riding in a way that shows respect, kindness and leadership with their horse.

      Distance Riding Practice
A coaching session for experienced riders of all riding styles looking to condition, train and progress in their independent riding with a specific mount with the goal of endurance races, competitive trail and hunter paces.
Greenhorn Training Club
For teens and adults who are looking to learn more about groundwork and horse training.

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ONE TIME LESSONS

Experiences and lessons designed for visitors and tourists or one-time students.

Horse Encounters
All Ages
Horse Encounters allow you to to meet some lovable horses and give them snuggles. You will get the opportunity to pet and feed the horse some treats and learn interesting facts about them.

Horse Around Lesson
Ages 5+
For visitors or one time students who are want to come and have a lesson learning about how to work around horses, ride horses and properly care for them and groom them after a ride.

  Trail Experience Lesson
Ages 8 - Adult
The Trail Experience Lesson is completely designed to ensure that young riders, or nervous adult riders, are set up for success on trail.
  Visitor Lesson
Teens & Adult
Visitor Lessons are semi-private lessons for individuals or parties who only want a one-time riding lesson and are not a member of our student community.

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CAMPS

Intensive day and week long programs for riders of all ages.

Horseplay Pee Wee Camp
Ages 6-9
The Horseplay Pee Wee Day Camp is an intensive day of horses for youth. This camp hits on all aspects of the horse experience in just one day!
  Youth Adventure Camp
Age 10+
An intensive adventure for youth, this camp is one that focus on fun and adventures from the ground up. Our adventures are geared towards:
Relationship Building with Horses, Problem Solving, Pushing Boundaries, Barn & Stable Management.
  Immersion Retreat Adult Camp
This camp is all inclusive of riding, housing, meals & drinks, and shuttle service between the lodge house and the barn. Between classes will be additional opportunities to visit the wineries, breweries and beautiful hiking paths in the area. 

    Youth Horsemanship Camp
Age 10+
This camp is designed to give youth the opportunity to work with horses and fully understand what goes into their maintenance, care and ownership.
  Distance Riding Bootcamp
This camp is a perfect intro to understanding the logistics, training, and ways to succeed in distance sports with your horse. 
 

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We are not accepting new students for Adaptive Riding Lessons.

If you are looking for lessons for someone with adaptive or special needs, below are our
Recommendations for other Therapeutic and Adaptive Programs

Kali's Klubhouse
Linda Fargnoli
Apalachin, NY
www.kalisklubhouse.org
Rise Up Therapeutic Horsemanship
Lisa James
Canandaigua, NY
riseuphorsemanship@gmail.com
www.riseuphorsemanship.com

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 Fee Schedule
Prices Updated 12.2022

Lesson

Length

Price
per Student

All lessons inclusive of tack-up

Introductory Lesson
We love having new students and we understand that you might want to check us out and have an introductory lesson before signing up for a routine. In our introductory lesson we will get you right up on the horse in a private session and show you how we teach. This is also a great way for us to get to know you and match you with the proper group if you wish to take group lessons.

30 min.

$40.00

First Lesson Deal:
Your introductory lesson is free with the purchase of a package of lessons!

Packages of Lessons

Package of 5 Lessons
Buy 4 lessons, get 1 at 25% off
Total savings of 5%
Package of 10 Lessons
Buy 9 lessons, get 1 free
Total savings of 10%

Group Lessons

Group Lessons
3 to 6 Students of equivelent age and experience riding in group.

90 min.

$70.00

Distance Riding Sessions
Coaching sessions for students riding independently.

2 hours $90.00

Youth Lessons

Tiny Tots Horsemanship Group Lessons
Private class for children under the age of 5 to introduce them to horses and develop the safety skills necessary for a lifetime of horsemanship
Lessons offered on Saturday Mornings

20 min. $30.00

Pee Wee "Prep" Lessons
A pre-pee wee level group riding class preparing students ages 5 to 7 who are between the Tiny Tot and Pee Wee level riding lessons. 

30 min. $40.00

Pee Wee Group Lessons
Pee Wee level is for students ages 5 to 7 who are developing the skills and endurance they need to join the normal group lessons

60 min. $70.00

Youth Group Lessons
3 to 6 Students ages 8-12 learning under the assistance of two instructors.

90 min.

$70.00

Private Lessons

Private Arena Lessons
Private lesson in the arena to work on technical skills and specific needs of an individual student in order for them to progress in their group classes
60 minutes of lesson time.

60 min.

$80.00

Tiny Tots Horsemanship Private Lessons
Private version of our Tiny Tot lessons for youth ages 2-5

20 min. $35.00

Pee Wee Private Lessons
Private version of our Pee Wee Lessons for students

30 min. $45.00

Private Trail Lessons
Private lessons on trail need more time to get to the trails and to really explore the skillsets required in the wilderness.

90 min. $105.00

One-Time Lessons

Trail Experience Lessons
These lessons are great for riders ages 8 and up, including adults of any age. Multiple riders can join one lesson.

The Trail Experience Lesson is completely designed to ensure that young riders, or nervous adult riders, are set up for success on trail.

The ride includes an instructor led lesson in the arena maneuvering around obstacles, playing games and practicing skillsets that will be needed on the trail. From there the rider will head out on a short trail ride.

These lessons are completely designed to be flexible so that instructors can give riders the best and most memorable experience. The proportion of the ride spent in the arena or on trail can be altered according to the demonstrated riding abilities, direction following skills, emotional capacity and enthusiasm of each rider. If riders are looking in control, enthusiastic to go faster, and capable of maneuvering their horse they may spend more time on trail and even have controlled trotting opportunities!

Semi-Private Lesson: will only be the individual and their party

60 min.
+
101 debrief

$90.00

Visitor Lessons
These are semi-private lessons for individuals or parties who only want a one-time riding lesson and are not a member of our student community.

Visitor Lessons can be catered to riders of any level, from first time riders looking for foundational skills to advanced riders looking to work on one particular skillset.

Visitor Lessons are kept in an enclosed arena and do not go on trail.
Semi-Private Lesson: will only be the individual and their party

60 min.

$90.00

Horse Around Lessons
These lessons are great for riders ages 5 and up, including adults of any age. Multiple riders can join one lesson.

Horsing Around Lessons are specially designed for young visitors who are want to have a lesson learning about how to work around horses, ride horses and properly care for them and groom them after a ride. Lessons are focused on obstacle courses and games designed to promote a fun learning environment.

Horse Around Lessons are kept in an enclosed arena and do not go on trail.
Semi-Private Lesson: will only be the individual and their party

60 min.

$90.00

Horse Encounters
If you want to meet some lovable hotrrses and give them snuggles then this is the encounter for you.

You will get the opportunity to feed the horse some treats (and be amazed at how fast they can eat them!). You will also learn some very interesting facts about these equine beauties by our horse experts.

Horse Encounters are sold per person with a maximum of 6 people (adults or children) and are open to multiple groups of individuals.

Private Encounters (only your group!) are a flat rate of $100 for up to 6 people.

30 min.

$20.00

Private Encounter:
$100

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Tiny Tot Program

Our Tiny Tot program is a horsemanship focused program designed for children ages 2-5 who are not quite ready to ride a horse by themselves. While working through the program Tiny Tots will become familiar with all horse related skills including grooming, tacking, proper leading, vocabulary, balance and proper riding techniques with a little help.

Tiny Tots Tiny Tots Horse Lessons

While we expect every student to try we don’t expect our students to be perfect! Our goal is to create a safe environment for small children to gain confidence around large animals, confidence in themselves and to have fun while learning! Not all lessons will be riding lessons but all lessons are important for a strong horsemanship minded rider!

Horsemanship Skills include:
  • Petting Horses
  • Feeding Treats
  • Brushing
  • Putting on Halters
  • Leading Horses
  • Horse Anatomy
  • Diet and Feeding
  • Horse Health & Welfare

 

  • Stall & Stable Skills
  • Tack Cleaning
 
Riding Skills include:      
  • Mounting a Horse
  • Balance Games
  • Riding in Saddles
  • Riding Bareback
  • Being Led at a Walk
  • Being led at a Trot
 
  • Holding Reins Properly
  • Riding in Motion without holding on
   
  • Basics of Steering

Much of this program includes on-the-ground learning designed to empower excellent learning and increase comfort around horses that youth will need as they transition into riding independently.

Tots who show high confidence or skills may graduate to our Pee Wee program!

Group Lessons for the Tiny Tot Program are held weekly on Saturday Mornings.
Private Tiny Tot sessions can be booked mid week.

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Pee Wee Lessons

Pee Wee lessons are designed for youth who are ready to learn how to be more independent in their riding in a way that shows respect, kindness and leadership with their horse.

Our Pee Wee program is for 6-7 year olds who are transitioning into larger group lessons. Pee Wee lessons build up on lessons learned in tiny tots but also easy to learn for beginners. These lessons focus on continuing to build confidence but also encouraging independent riding. Pee wee lessons will include all horse related skills including grooming, tacking, proper leading, vocabulary, balance and proper riding techniques, obstacles, critical thinking while having the aid of a teacher if required. Students are given goals to accomplish during their lessons and receive guidance as they work towards completion.

The objective for this program is to teach how to control your horse, control yourself and have pride in your own abilities but also the deepen the relationship between work and fun that horsemanship brings.

Horsemanship Skills include:
  • Grooming Horses
  • Tacking Up Horses
  • Bathing Horses
  • Putting on Halters
  • Leading Horses
  • Horse Anatomy
  • Diet and Feeding
  • Horse Health & Welfare

 

  • Stall & Stable Skills
  • Tack Cleaning
 
Riding Skills include:      
  • Holding Reins Properly
  • Steering Independently
  • Riding without being Led
  • Riding Technique & Form
 
  • Learning how to Trot
  • Riding through Obstacles
 

Morning Ride

Group Lessons for the Pee Wee Program are held weekly on Saturday Mornings.
On occassion we are able to coordinate group pee wee lessons mid-week as multiple students are available.
Private Pee Wee sessions can be booked mid week.

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Youth Group Lessons

A lesson program designed specifically for youth ages 8-12 to explore horsemanship, equestrian knowledge and riding skills in a collaborative, fun environment.

The goals of the youth group program is to engage riders in activities that involve problem-solving and collaborative learning. Students will learn how to ride independently while also learning how to function as a group, riding in formations and patterns with other riders.

A major benefit of the group learning program is that students in group lessons will observe each other’s progress and mistakes, learning together and providing encouragement along the way. While one student may be shy, others will bring up questions relevant to the entire group. Through emulation and brainstorming discussions, students are better able to support eachother and their horses. Having others around you, learning along with you, can be a great motivator.

Horsemanship Skills include:
  • Grooming & Bathing Horses
  • Haltering and Retrieving Horses Independently
  • Tacking Up Horses Independently
  • Foundational Groundwork
  • Stall & Stable Skills
  • Horse Anatomy
  • Diet and Feeding
  • Horse Health & Welfare

 

  • Foundational Biomechanics
  • Tack Cleaning
 
Riding Skills include:      
  • Holding Reins Properly
  • Steering Independently
  • Riding Technique & Form
  • Mounting without Assistance
  • Arena Etiquette
  • Formation and Drillteam Riding
  • Riding through Obstacle Courses
  • Riding over Groundpoles
  • Trail Riding with a Leader
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving Games
  • Posting and Sitting Trot
 

An additional benefit of the group learning environment is that students get used to being able to ride independently among other riders. Group settings broaden a students ability to understand context, horse behavior and interactions, and problem-solving for unexpected scenarios. When young people only ride in private scenarios, riding in groups may bring a lot of nerves and create myopic riding behaviors.

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Real World Riding Lessons

Our Real World Riding Lesson program is our main lesson program.
This program is designed for students 13 years old and up to develop their skills with horses.

Our goal is to help individuals become competent and independent riders and to prepare them for potentially leasing or owning horses in their future. In addition to teaching classical riding technique, we strive to give our students all of the tools and knowledge that they will need to work with horses from the ground to the saddle.

Adult Lessons

Skills taught in our lessons include:
  • Halter Skills
  • Leading
  • Mounting
  • Proper Riding Position
  • Starting & Stopping a Horse
  • Steering
  • Navigating Patterns
  • Backing Up
  • Arena Etiquette
  • Trail Riding Etiquette
  • Sitting Trot
  • Posting Trot
  • Collection and Impulsion
  • Lateral Movements
  • Emergency Skills
  • Canter
  • Stall & Stable Skills
  • Loading Horses on Trailers
  • Tack Cleaning
  • Horse Health & Welfare
  • Jumping
  • Barrel Racing Patterns
  • Bareback Riding
  • Advanced Trail Riding Skills
  • Horse Anatomy
  • Diet and Feeding
  • Cost of Horse Ownership
  • Equine Liability

Sylvia Cadwell during her lesson

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Distance Riding Practice

The distance riding class is a coaching session for experienced riders of all riding styles looking to condition, train and progress in their independent riding with a specific mount with the goal of endurance races and hunter paces.

The focus of these sessions is on long-distance riding on trail and the veterinary care of the horse on such a ride.

The goal of these riding practices is for riders to:

  • Develop the riding skills necessary to ride with minimal impact on their horse over long distances.
  • Practice techniques, drills and workouts that will get you and your horse fit for long distance riding. 
  • Understand the differences in speed, rhythm, and technique between long trail rides, competitive trail pacing, and endurance riding.
  • Learn the rules for both endurance competition as well as competitive trail competitions and understand how they differentiate.
  • Master the vet check!
    Grasp the veterinary and medical information that will help you prepare your horse as well as keep your horse safe while riding long distances.
  • Review the logistics, timeline and "flow" of a distance competition.

 

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Greenhorn Training Club

Greenhorn Training Club is a program designed for novices to learn foundational skills of groundwork and horse training.

Click here for more information on the club.

 


 

 

Painted Bar Stables is a smoke free, alcohol free and drug free environment.
We reserve the right to refuse any potential rider.

 

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