About Us...

We firmly believe that everyone can learn to ride a horse and as a result we offer adaptive riding lessons for people with various disabilities. We have been able to help individuals with various physical , sensory, mental and learning disabilities work with horses and learn how to ride.

We greatly understand that when individuals have different abilties than the general public that they will have different needs and different goals with our horses. As a result, adaptive lessons will vary greatly from student to student to incorporate the appropriate balance of groundwork skills, assisted riding and independent riding.

We aspire to help each indivdual not only develop comfort and skills, but break boundaries and move forward toward independence working with horses.

  Fee Schedule
Prices for 2018

Private Adaptive Riding Lessons

All Adaptive Riding Lessons are Private Lessons.

30 Minute Adaptive Lesson

For students with capability limitations that limit their ability to do a longer lesson and will require more intensive focus from an instructor, and perhaps assistant instructors and side-walkers. Typically these students are unable to tack up and untack their own horses.



45 Minute Adaptive Lesson

For students with capability limitations that limit their ability to do a 60 minute lesson and will require more intensive focus from an instructor, and perhaps assistant instructors but do not require side-walkers. Typically these students may be unable to tack up their own horses but are able to take part in the process of untacking and caring for their horses after they ride.



60 Minute Adaptive Lesson

For students with capability limitations that require adaptations, but otherwise are able to tack up and ready their horse with assistance, stay focused and on task for an entire one hour lesson and are capable of learning to ride independently.



Packages of Lessons

Package of 10 Lessons
Buy 9 lessons, get 1 free
Total savings of 10%

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

Suggested Riding Apparel
long pants
riding shoes or closed toed shoes (must have a heel)
bug spray

We provide helmets, but we do expect that as riders become more committed to the sport that they purchase their own helmet.

Trail Riding Rules

At the Painted Bar Stables we are proud to offer our lessons on an individual scheduling basis and not require a lesson series. As a result, however, we have the following policies. 

Missed Lesson Policy
In the event that a rider needs to miss a lesson a minimum of 4 hours notice is required. After the 3rd missed lesson students will be required to pre-pay for their lessons ahead of time.
Reimbursement will be offered with 24 hour advance notice of cancellation. A charge of $15 will be issued for each lesson without notice.
If the $15 charge is not paid promptly, one lesson credit will be deducted from your account.

Be On Time
Please come 5-10 minutes before your ride.If you are late, it cuts into your time of the ride.

All rides will begin promptly on time and end on time in order to maintain schedule for previous and following lessons and rides.

Weight Limits
For your safety and the well-being of our horses the weight limit is 250 lbs. Any rider weighing more than 200 lbs. is required to give advance notice so that a suitable horse may be arranged.

Riders should expect to be weighed in a private and confidential setting if Painted Bar Stables staff have any suspicion that a rider may be above their weight limit for riding.

We are very strict about our weight limit. Please be up front, honest and realistic about the weight of each member of your party for their own safety. Our restrictions are not a matter of prejudice against heavy persons. When a rider is heavy it can be VERY dangerous for the rider for many reasons. Our limits are set to ensure the safety of both the rider and the longevity of our horses.

For further explanation of this policy click here.

All non-trail lessons are NOT weather dependent and in the case of rain will take place indoors. Please see missed lesson policy.

If the weather appears inclimate please call Erika at 607-216-8141 to confirm whether the ride will still take place. Unless communicated, riders should expect to ride.

Pants are Required
All riders are required to wear long pants to avoid bruising. Pants should be comfortable and either loose fitting or stretch material to allow for leg and hip flexibility

Boots and Closed-toed Shoes Required
It is suggested that all riders wear boots or closed toed shows with a small heel. Sandals, clogs and open-toed shoes are not allowed.

Age Requirements
Children entering group riding lessons must be 8 years of age. 
Children aged 5 to 7 are allowed to ride but will be required to take one longe-line class prior to being allowed to enter beginner lesson groups.
Children under 5 years old will be required to take tiny-tot lessons or lunge line lessons.

Group lessons are usually held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm (with earlier lessons reserved for children).
Group and Private Lessons can be arranged on alternate times if necessary.
There is a maximum of 4 riders per lesson.

A riding waiver must be completed in order to ride. Being around horses is inherently dangerous. Helmets must be worn at all times by minors and anyone that is beginner or novice in level while riding. Helmets can be provided by Painted Bar Stables

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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Gift Certificates are available.

4093 Lake Avenue (Rte. 79) Burdett, NY 14818
607.216.8141 • paintedbarstables@gmail.com