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.

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  Discounts & Fees 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
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.

Rides are hosted year round in every season EXCEPT during gun hunting season Mid-November through Mid-December.

 


   

BEGINNER TRAIL RIDE
Timing: 1 Hour Riding + Instructions, Mount-Up & Dismount
Distance: 2 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails

Our beginner trail ride is a one hour trail ride that is kept at a walk only and avoids the larger hill climbs and terrain based obstacles.The ride takes you past our pastures into the woods and meanders down to the Tug Hollow Creek. The route is specifically designed for the first time rider and is kept to winding trails through the woods in order to avoid the most delicious tastes on the trail while we walk peacefully.
The scenery is varied but mostly wooded with wonderful views of our spring-fed pond and woods.

$65.00 per person

SCENIC TRAIL RIDE
Timing: 1 Hour Riding + Instructions, Mount-Up & Dismount
Distance: 2.5-3 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails

Our scenic trail ride is perfect for riders of all levels. The ride takes you past our pastures into the woods and meanders down to the Tug Hollow Creek. The trails are safe for the first time adventurous rider, but also provide enough intrigue to keep even the most accomplished rider interested. The trail is predominantly done at a walk because of the tight and twisting trails and the creek bed footing, but there are also opportunities for more advanced riders to trot and canter. The scenery is varied but mostly wooded with wonderful views of our spring-fed pond and woods.
ROUTE CAN BE ALTERED FOR BEGINNERS OR MORE ADVANCED RIDERS.

$65.00 per person

HILLTOP BOOGIE
Timing: 2 Hours Riding + Instructions, Mount-Up & Dismount
Distance: 7 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails & Finger Lakes National Forest

Requires technical riding skills: rein control, trotting and cantering.
This ride is not for Can't-a-Lope riders who will bounce on our horses back and cause them pain!
NOT A GOOD RIDE FOR BEGINNERS.

The hilltop view route, similar to the Advanced Jaunt takes you down the road to the Finger Lakes National Forest. The trails on this ride cater more towards riders that can ride at speed and contain many long straightaways through tall-grass fields that are perfect for cantering across. We do not to take this route at a walk because at the slower speeds through the tall grasses it can turn into quite the smorgasbord, especially if riders are more inexperienced and do not have technical rein control and the ability to prevent horses eating on trail. The scenery on this route starts a bit boring as we ride down the roadways, but then goes through the woods and the field systems of the National Forest to a view of Seneca Lake. The ride is predominantly in the sun.

Closed from March 15 - May 1st due to National Forest trail closures.

$130.00 per person

MOUNTAIN HURRAH
Timing: 3 Hours Riding + Instructions, Mount-Up & Dismount
Distance: 12 miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails & Finger Lakes National Forest

Requires technical riding skills: rein control, trotting and cantering.
This ride is not for Can't-a-Lope riders who will bounce on our horses back and cause them pain!
NOT A GOOD RIDE FOR BEGINNERS.

This 3 hour route is intended for riders that are fit and comfortable in the saddle. We have two route options for this ride. A more intermediate level route takes you from our barn through a neighboring horse farm to the Finger Lakes National Forest with dirt roads and winding forest trails. The other route extends beyond the Hilltop View route, leading down into a working cattle farm with lush woods and lake views. Because both routes require riding on the road and through tall grass and have terrain and straightaways that require cantering, this ride is for intermediate level riders only.

Closed from March 15 - May 1st due to National Forest trail closures.


$195.00 per person

Walk-Up and Same Day Trail Riders
Same day bookings and walk-up riders are charged at a $75 per hour rate instead of our normal price scale. Our trail rides are scheduled ahead of time by appointment only, however sometimes we are able to accommodate same day bookings and walk-up trail riders in our schedule. Because of the surprise of walk-up riders and same day bookings and the impact that they have in the planning and routine running of our stables, there is an extra fee per rider without 24 hour notice.
Please understand that we may not always be able to accomodate same day requests or walk-up riders.

  Additional fee of
$15 per hour per person

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
for entire group

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 solo trail ride fee for the one person who would like to have a group but cannot join one.

*Fee does not apply if we can add the solo rider to another riding group.

  $75.00 per hour
instead of the
standard rate

Vineyard Trail Ride Packages
The only horseback mounted vineyard tour in the Finger Lakes!

Because Alcohol is included in this package, only those 21 and up are able to join.

READ MORE about vineyard trail rides!

2021 Vineyard Dates

  • Monday 4/19
  • Thursday 4/22
  • Monday 5/10
  • Thursday 5/13
  • Monday 5/24
  • Thursday 6/3
  • Monday 6/14
  • Monday 7/5
  • Thursday 7/8
  • No vineyard rides in late July or August due to horseflies and heat
  • Thursday 9/16
  • Monday 10/4
  • Thursday 10/7

The ride takes you on a peaceful scenic tour of the historic Fulkerson Farm and Vineyards. We will ride through orchards and forest, past ponds and historic barns, and even through the rows of grapes themselves. The route will take us to a breathtaking view of Seneca Lake overlooking endless rows of grapes.

Upon dismount, riders head to the winery where wine tasting and a selection of cheese and crackers awaits them as well as a bottle of wine of their choice to take home with them.*

*Some exceptions apply to the choice of wine.


$150.00 per person
Maximum Group Size of 4

Full Moon Trail Rides
Trail rides in the moonlight are great for riders looking for a romantic, once in a lifetime experience. These rides are reserved for adults 18+ only.

2021 Moonlight Trail Ride Dates

Saturday 4/24 @ 8:00pm
Saturday 5/22 @ 8:30pm
Wednesday 6/23 @ 9:00pm
Friday 7/23 @ 9:00pm
Saturday 8/21 @ 9:00pm
Saturday 9/18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday 10/23 @ 8:00pm

Moonlight ride times are determined based on the phase of the moon and the moonrise time. Moonlight rides are weather dependent and can only be held when there is reduced cloud coverage so that the moonlight can light the trails. All rides are generally booked for Friday evenings so that if there is a need to reschedule due to weather or cloud cover we can reschedule to the following day.


$80.00 per person

Overnighting: All overnights will be hosted at the Elkins Horse Park, owned by the Painted Bar Stables, the Mill Creek Cabins or at the Backbone Horse Campground in the Finger Lakes National Forest.

  • Elkins Horse Park, owned by the Painted Bar Stables: Field Camping with a Campfire Ring. Depending on which camping location is chosen, bathroom porta-johns or rough camping. Food is cooked by campfire. Horses are overnighted out to pasture with tack in the barn.
  • Backbone Horse Camp, owned by the Finger Lakes National Forest: Campsite camping with Campfire Ring. Composting toilets. Food is cooked by campfire. Horses are overnighted tied to hitching posts with tack in the Horse Trailer or a tack tent.
  • Mill Creek Cabins, a bed and breakfast where cabins are available for bunking and horses overnight in temporary paddocks. Breakfast is catered by Mill Creek. Private cabins can be reserved at extra cost.

We furnish horses, tack, food, beverages, and all camping supplies. We recommend that you bring your own sleeping bag but we do have some for loan. Ask us about joining another trip for a lesser rate.

All pack trip riders must pay in full to hold their ride. The full price includes at 50% deposit which is non-refundable, but are transferable to another ride if the ride is canceled 7 days prior to the pack trip, or if we are able to find another rider to take your reservation.
Pack trips are scheduled on weekdays only as weekends are reserved for the multitude of riders looking to do our shorter trail rides. Exceptions can be made for larger groups with scheduling issues.

Weather related deposits are only refunded if the ride is canceled by our staff.

DAYTRIP

Consists of 4-5 hours of riding 15 miles.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.

 

DAYTRIP or OVERNIGHT GROUP RIDES:
Group Rides are rides that are open to allowing other riders from different parties to join into their ride.

6+ Riders: $250 per person per day

4-5 Riders: $300 per person per day

2-3 Riders: $350 per person per day



PRIVATE RIDES:
Private rides are rides that are closed to anyone outside your party.

6+ Riders: $300 per person per day

4-5 Riders: $350 per person per day

2-3 Riders: $400 per person per day

All Pack Trips Must Be Paid in Full to Book

 


BRINGING YOUR OWN HORSE:
We welcome people to bring their own horse, however any ride with a non-Painted Bar mount will need to be booked as a private ride.

Riders on Personal Horses:
Same price as Group Rides

Riders in Group on Painted Bar Stables Horses:
Same price as Private Rides

 

OVERNIGHT TRAIL RIDE

Option 1: Intermediate Non-Regular Riders

  • Day 1 Ride: 7 mile ride to backbone and 4-6 additional mile optional sunset ride
  • Camping overnight at the public Backbone Horse Campground
  • Day 2 Ride: 7-12 mile ride on Day 2 returning to Painted Bar Stables

Option 2: Intermediate Regular Riders

  • Day 1 Ride: 16-20 mile ride
  • Camping overnight at the privately owned Elkins Horse Park
  • Day 2 Ride: 4-10 mile ride on Day 2, horses trailered home

Option 3: Advanced Regular Riders Only

  • Day 1 Ride: 16-20 mile ride
  • Camping overnight at the privately owned Elkins Horse Park
  • Day 2 Ride: 16 mile ride on Day 2 returning to Painted Bar Stables

We reserve the right to alter your trip at any point based on our observations of your riding skills, group competency, safety concerns or weather conditions.

 

MULTI-DAY PACK TRIPS
Strong Intermediate & advanced riders only.
We furnish horses, tack, food, beverages, and all camping supplies. We recommend that you bring your own sleeping bag but we do have some for loan. Ask us about joining another trip for a lesser rate.

Consists of 10-15 miles of riding each day, with an optional evening sunset ride.

We reserve the right to alter your trip at any point based on our observations of your riding skills, group competency, safety concerns or weather conditions.

Riding Student Discount
For regularly riding Painted Bar Stables students and current members. To be eligible for this discount riders must have a current package on record or have taken 6 lessons in the past 6 months. Not to be applied to friends and family joining student.

Student discount is for OUR RIDING STUDENTS not for students of schools colleges and universities.

  15% off
Not-for-Profit Group Discount
Not-for-Profits including universities recieve a group discount for any group that is paid for in entired by the not-for-profit.
Payment must be submitted by check, not credit card, and be paid upfront in order to receive the discount.
  10% off
Unfortunatelywe can no longer offer large group discounts because of
the financial strain of extra staffing required for large groups .

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 FAQ 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
sunscreen

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

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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 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.

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

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.

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

Safety
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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4093 Lake Street (Rte. 79) Burdett, NY 14818
ride@paintedbarstables.com