Rockland County

Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

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 Chestnut Ridge Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Top of the Line Stables

  Top Of The Line, a full service equestrian facility, is located at 300 Schoolhouse Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 in Rockland County.

From Top of the Line: "Located just twenty-three miles from New York City, on the state line between Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ, our 70-horse riding facility offers year-round lessons, training, boarding, sales and leasing of hunter, jumper and equitation horses.  website and more . . .
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 New City Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Kennedy Dells Park

  Kennedy Dells Park, 179-acres in size, is located at 355 North Main Street, New City, NY 10956 in Rockland County.

The park has a flat rolling topography. The extreme westerly portion is heavily wooded consisting of Hemlock, White Pine, Beech, Maple, Black and Red Oak, White Ash, and Black Locust. Crum Creek bounds the Park on the westerly side along which winds a hiking trail that looks down at the stream below.  website and more . . .
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 Pomona Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Country Lee Farm

  Country Lee Farm, offer boarding services, riding lessons and horse training services, is located at 103 Ladentown Road, Pomona, NY 10970 in Rockland County.

From Country Lee Farm:

Our Instructors
Lee Anne Johnson Greene, voted top 50 instructors in the United States by the American Riding Instructor Association. She has been a certified instructor since 1985. Lee Anne is a USDF silver and bronze medalist, USEF champion, certified appraiser, 4H leader, classically trained by all the Masters: George Morris, Frank Chapot, Lendon Gray, Cesar Para, she has dedicated the last 47 years to horses and their riders. She is an owner/trainer who lives on the farm giving 24 hour supervision.  website and more . . .
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 Rockland County Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Harriman State Park - Rockland County (and Orange)

  Harriman State Park, is located at Seven Lakes Dr / Bear Mountain Circle, Ramapo, NY 10974 in both Orange and Rockland counties. Harriman Park is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. The park includes Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds.  website and more . . .
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 Spring Valley Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

44 North Farm

  44 North Farm, a full service equestrian facility, is located at 300 Red Schoolhouse Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 in Rockland County.

From 44 North Farm: "Welcome to 44 NORTH FARM. We are a Full Service Facility located just 27 miles from Manhattan in Rockland County NY. Easily accessible from New Jersey and Westchester. 44 NORTH FARM specializes in Hunters and Equitation, from Short Stirrup to Regular Working Hunters. Kids and Adults are welcome, beginner to advanced. We Horse Show year round. From one day “C” rated to “A” rated and Finals. There is always a select group of horses and ponies for sale or lease. Let us find your next horse."  website and more . . .
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 Suffern Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Kakiat Park

  Kakiat Park, 376-acres in size, is located at 668 Haverstraw Road, Montebello, NY 10901 in Rockland County.

"Kakiat Park offers a diverse topography, from flat wetlands to rolling hills, to steep mountainside. The Mahwah River flows southwesterly the length of the park approximately 2500 feet. Times of heavy rains flood large areas along the river. The Ramapo fault runs through the park. A log cabin constructed in 1922 stands as a reminder of the simple life of 100 years ago. A footbridge crosses the river, which is stocked annually with trout; a pavilion can be found near the river. Numerous winter activities exist along with active wildlife and forestry conservation projects. Guided tours available by the Park Rangers."  website and more . . .

Minetto's Stonehedge Farm

  Minetto's Stonehedge Farm, a full and self-service equestrian facility, is located at 220 Spook Rock Road, Suffern NY 10901 in Rockland County.

From Minetto's Stonehedge: "Minetto's Stonehedge Farm is a full- and self-service equestrian facility. Horses are housed in large, comfortable 12x12 stalls and provided with daily turnout. Boarders have full use of all facilities including a large outdoor arena with a full course of jumps, and a huge indoor arena with viewing area. Tack trunk storage and blanketing are all included in the board price. Assistance in providing the best in veterinary and farrier care is also available. We provide special packages to full and show care boarded horses, but can also accommodate the economically-conscious pleasure riders.  website and more . . .

Thomases Equestrian

  Thomases Equestrian is located at Minetto’s Stonehedge Farm in Suffern, NY 10901 in Rockland County.

From Thomases Equestrian: "Thomases Equestrian, is a family run horseback riding school based at Minetto’s Stonehedge Farm in Suffern, NY. We are passionate about sharing the joy, thrill, challenge and beauty of equestrian sports with others. We specialize in equitation, jumpers and basic dressage. We believe riding should be a fun and safe experience and to that end we strive to create a positive, non-competitive learning environment for our students.  website and more . . .
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 West Nyack Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Nickel-O-Farm - "Pony Rides"


 More Hudson Valley  Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Albany County
      [6 listings over 5 locations]
Columbia County
      [3 listings over 3 locations]
Dutchess County
      [11 listings over 10 locations]
Greene County
      [4 listings over 4 locations]
Orange County
      [14 listings over 9 locations]
Putnam County
      [10 listings over 7 locations]
Rensselaer County
      [5 listings over 4 locations]
Ulster County
      [9 listings over 7 locations]
Westchester County
      [15 listings over 14 locations]

Places to go Horseback Riding | Equestrian Centers
Hudson River Valley
Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange
Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" Sir Winston Churchill.

Verified (2015) up-to-date list of the best places for horseback riding and equestrian centers in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Benefits of Horseback Riding / Owning a Horse
Horse ownership can be rewarding, exciting, and lot of fun. The many health benefits of horseback riding include being outdoors year-round and the physical activity spent in cleaning stalls, grooming, feeding, and all the other barn chores required in taking care of your horse. Riding a horse also helps in building a strong core and legs; but there are also emotional benefits of horseback riding such as developing a sense of inner peace and confidence.

Therapeutic Riding, aka Equine Assisted Therapy is used successfully in the field of special Needs to build confidence, and a sense of belonging to both children and adults. As Winston Churchill said: "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding
  • Keeps you physically active: Riding and other activities that require you to be outdoors in all kinds of weather will certainly keep you moving. Cleaning stalls, grooming, feeding, raking hay, pushing wheelbarrows – all of these barn chores actively burn calories and build muscle.

  • Owning a horse builds self-confidence: When it comes to building confidence, horse ownership is invaluable. You are in a partnership, where you are expected to be the leader.
    Owning a horse builds self-awareness. On a daily basis, you will be faced with training challenges. It will force you to think creatively about how to train the horse and how to solve a particular problem. If something worked in the last lesson, but it’s not working now, what else can you try? How else can you solve this issue? All of this active participation in learning how to ride, how to train and what to do when a challenge emerges will help in a professional setting. It’s all about self-awareness.

  • Riding reduces stress: Studies have shown that the bonding that occurs between owners and their pets can reduce high blood pressure. Since horses also require grooming and daily maintenance, spending time with the horse can lead to a reduction in stress levels. The meditative qualities of daily, but low stress, upkeep of horses – such as grooming and washing – provide therapeutic benefits that aid in the decrease of stress levels.

  • Keeps you socially active: Taking riding lessons helps you meet many friends with similar interests. Most horse people will attest to meeting their best, life-long friends at the barn. These peers will have the same passion and devotion to horses.

  • Engages the creative side of your brain: Training a horse brings up daily challenges that will force you to think creatively about how to train it and how to solve a particular problem. If something worked in the last lesson, but it’s not working now, how else can you solve this issue? Being faced with such situations helps you engage your creativity to solve problems and find what works best.

  • Care for a horse builds character: Character building is a natural part of horse ownership, teaching responsibility, punctuality, sportsmanship, frugality, patience, commitment, confidence and self-esteem.

  • Riding promotes a union with nature: Being outside and enjoying the fresh air can do wonders for your mental and physical health.

  • Riding maintains bone mass: All of the weight-bearing exercise that you do, including hauling barn equipment and carrying saddles, helps maintain bone mass, which important as you age.

  • Improves digestion: Riding a horse at a walking pace stimulates the internal organs just as walking on foot does. This aids in liver function and digestion.

  • Riding and caring for horses help disabled individuals: When supervised by certified instructors, riders with disabilities may have the chance to safely perform physical activities with the horse as a tool. Early research is showing that riding a horse may provide physical benefits for people with disabilities. At the same time, interacting with horses may provide mental benefits, as well.
Source: The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding by Health Fitness Revolution

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