About Us...

Breathe in the fresh air and breathtaking views on our gentle horses. At the Painted Bar Stables we are proud to be able to show you the beautiful countryside that makes the Finger Lakes region so beautiful. Our experience is one that mingles the fun of horseback riding with learning about riding skills, horse behavior and general trail riding information.

Information Fee Schedule Rider Levels Suggested Apparel Trail Riding Rules
Trail HomeRiding the roads in the Finger Lakes National Forest

As a family-owned stable, our goal is to carefully craft a trail ride lesson experience for our riders, making it as specific as possible to the group. As a result, we offer take riders through fields and woods, up mountains and over creeks. All rides are catered to each rider's pace, whether it be a beginner or advanced level or at the walk, trot or canter. Our beautiful American Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses are carefully selected and bred based on their personality, capability and beauty so that we can ensure the best match possible between horse and rider.

Trail rides are offered year round. Riders of all abilities and ages welcome.

Request a Trail Ride

Before booking your ride please peruse our RIDING CALENDAR to check our availability.
All rides are by appointment only. Because of our riding and working schedule, we are rarely near our phone.
All rides must be requested through our request form or written correspondence.

 Fee Schedule

All trail rides include a 101 breifing session for both beginner, intermedate and advanced riders to ensure the best trail ride and give each rider the information they need about the specific horse selected for them.

All riders must pay a 20% deposit to hold their ride. All deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable to another ride if you reschedule prior to 24 hours before your appointment. Weather related deposits are only refunded if the ride is canceled by our staff.


Nov. - March
1 Hour
(3 miles)
Tug Hollow Trails
Suitable for all riders of all levels.
$55.00 per person
$40.00 per person

1½ Hour
(4.5 miles)
Tug Hollow Trails.
This walk only ride is suitable for beginner riders looking for added experience traversing obstacles.

$80.00 per person
$60.00 per person
2 Hour
(7 miles)
Tug Hollow and Finger Lakes National Forest trails.
Requires technical riding skills: rein control, trotting and cantering.

$100.00 per person $80.00 per person

3 Hour
s (8 miles)
Tug Hollow and Finger Lakes National Forest trails
Requires technical riding skills: rein control, trotting and cantering.

$150.00 per person

4½ Hours Riding + Lunch
(15 miles)

Consists of 4-5 hours of riding. Includes picnic lunch.
Strong Intermediate & advanced riders only.
Each daytrip requires a 3 rider minimum. If a smaller group would like to ride, we can combine groups to reach the minimum requirement when possible.


$200.00 per person





Moonlight Trail Rides
Trail rides in the moonlight are great for riders looking for a romantic, once in a lifetime experience. These trail rides will be weather dependent (bright clear moon skies) and will be for adults only. See our online calendar for availability.

$60.00 per person

$45.00 per person

Community Trail Rides
Community trail rides are laid back rides for people who regularly support Painted Bar Stables. These rides do not include any tack up support, 101 instruction, or the fanfare of a guided trail ride. These are rides where riders are expected to know the trails, know their horse, and ride at their own speed independently (not just follow the leader).
Community rides open to those who want to bring their own horse.

$30.00 per person

$30.00 per person

Group Discount
Group discounts are given to groups of 10 or more riders who all pay as one group. All large groups must pre-pay for their ride to receive the group discount.

  10% off
Student Discount
For regularly riding students and current members. To be eligible for this discount riders must have had a lesson within the past two weeks and have another lesson scheduled for the future.
  15% off

Walk-Up Trail Riders
Our trail rides are by appointment only, however sometimes we are able to accommodate walk-up trail riders in our schedule. Because of the surprise of walk-up riders and the impact that they have in the routine running of our stables, there is an extra fee when riders arrive without an appointment. Please understand that we may not always be able to accomodate walk-up riders.

  $5.00 per person

Credit Card and Debit Surcharge
Painted Bar Stables get charged fees by Credit Card accepting services. We are unable to take on the entirety of these fees alone, as a result we need to charge fees to all of our clients paying by credit cards.


3.5% additional fee

Keep-It-Private Fee
Sometimes our riders would just like to keep the riding group to themselves. Because our trail rides average 4-6 people, we require that an extra fee be paid for the right to these private rides in order to exclude other riders requesting a trail ride at the same time..
*Private trail rides less than 6 people will not be booked on weekends during peak season.


Additional fee of $50.00
per hour

One Person Solo Trail Ride
Sometimes we have a rider that wants to go but they can't find any friends to join. If another group cannot be found and the rider still would like to go out alone, we charge a one person solo trail ride fee
*Fee does not apply if we can add the solo rider to another riding group.

  $60.00 per hour

Please understand that larger parties may need to be split into multiple groups based on the number of horses available.
Most trail rides consist of 4-6 riders at one time. We can host up to 15 novice riders on one ride.

Visit our Q&A Section

Rider Levels

Beginner - A rider who has limited experience, can steer but lacks finesse with the reins and 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 and has finesse with the reins, 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 are REQUIRED
Not Suggested: Capris, Windbreakers, Snowpants
Not Allowed: shorts of any kind

Closed Toed Shoes are REQUIRED
Preferred: stiff soled shoes and shoes with a heel such as
Accepted: Rubber boots, Hiking boots, Work boots, Dress boots
Not Suggested but Allowed: Sneakers
Not Allowed: Canvas Shoes or Keds, Shoes that do not cover the entire foot, sandals, KEEN sandals

Suggestions before you arrive:
bug spray

Only Bring with you what you need and pack light.
Ask yourself: "Will I really need this? Is there a chance I could drop it and lose it?

Trail Riding Rules

Missed Ride Policy
In the event that a rider needs to miss a trail ride a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to reschedule.

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.

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.

Trail rides will not take place in inclimate or threatening weather. Horses do not behave well before or during storms. 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.

If bad weather is expected, an alternative to trail riding can be provided with either a lesson or horseback games in the indoor arena.

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
All trail riders must be must be 8 years of age or older. Riders under 12 years old must have an adult accompany them on the ride (on their own horse). No double riding allowed.

For 2010, there is a maximum of 10 riders per ride for 45 minute rides, and 6 riders for longer rides.

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