About Us...

Our Lunge Line Lesson program is designed to help people who need a little more attention. This is where kids age 5-7 start out with their lessons, as well as fearful riders, to ensure that they get the attention and security that they need to develop their skills and improve.

Lunge Line Lessons are private lessons only. Students ride a horse that is on a long rope (a lunge line) held by the instructor. While the students learn to steer, develop their riding position and balance, just like in a normal lessons, the lunge line gives the instructor the ability to control the horse and assist the student. This increases the safety and security of the lesson and also gives the student the ability to focus on their own development more intensely.

As students develop their skills, the instructor will start to take the lunge line off of the horse so that the rider can steer and move the horse independently. Once they are able to completely ride without the assistance of the instructor, the student can progress into our normal Real World Riding Lesson program.

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.

Lunge Lesson


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

 Fee Schedule
Prices for 2018

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



Group Lessons

Group Lessons
3-6 Students of equivelent age and experience
70-90 minutes of lesson time including tacking up and untacking horse



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


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.



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 minutes of lesson time

- $100.00

Specialty Lessons

Private Young Child/Fearful Rider Lessons
Private longe line class for young children, or anyone older who may be fearful of riding.
30 minutes of lesson time

- $35.00

Tiny Tots Horsemanship Lessons
Private class for children under the age of 5 to introduce them to horses.
20 minutes of lesson time

- $20.00

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%


Rider Levels

Beginner - A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice - A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate - A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
Strong Intermediate - An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
Advanced - All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.

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

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.

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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We accept cash, check and credit cards
Gift Certificates are available.

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