Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You're responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the Forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it--details of personal disputes may be better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts, though are not legally obligated to do so, regardless of content.

Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting. Moderators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts unless they have been alerted and have determined that a post, thread or user has violated the Forums' policies. Moderators do not regularly independently monitor the Forums for such violations.

Profanity, outright vulgarity, blatant personal insults or otherwise inappropriate statements will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

Users may provide their positive or negative experiences with or opinions of companies, products, individuals, etc.; however, accounts involving allegations of criminal behavior against named individuals or companies MUST be first-hand accounts and may NOT be made anonymously.

If a situation has been reported upon by a reputable news source or addressed by law enforcement or the legal system it is open for discussion, but if an individual wants to make their own claims of criminal behavior against a named party in the course of that discussion, they too must identify themselves by first and last name and the account must be first-person.

Criminal allegations that do not satisfy these requirements, when brought to our attention, may be removed pending satisfaction of these criteria, and we reserve the right to err on the side of caution when making these determinations.

Credible threats of suicide will be reported to the police along with identifying user information at our disposal, in addition to referring the user to suicide helpline resources such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it's understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users' profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses -- Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it's related to a horse for sale, regardless of who's selling it, it doesn't belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions -- Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services -- Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products -- While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements -- Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be "bumped" excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues -- Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators' discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the �alert� button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your �Ignore� list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you'd rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user's membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 5/9/18)
See more
See less

Dressage barns near Boston

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Dressage barns near Boston

    I just moved to Boston, I live in Brookline. I'm having a hard time finding a good barn to ride in. I'm looking to lease a horse and take lessons. I used to ride in Philly and knew the barns in the area but now I'm completely at a loss here since we moved. Thank you!

    I took the L program at Apple Knoll Farm, which seemed like a big enough place to potentially have lease horses. I'm sure others that are local will have many more suggestions.


      Welcome to Boston! Your choice of barn probably will be dictated by the timing of your commute to the barn. I live in Charlestown and go up to Ipswich early in the morning, returning at the very end of the morning commute. It is easy for me to get on Route 1 going north (or I-93 toward NH). Brookline - I might look west, down the Pike. Or up Route 2 Concord and west. What is your timing, and what is your tolerance for traffic? And more specifically, for crazy Boston traffic?


        I might have some suggestions. What level are you looking for? There aren’t a ton of places around here with lesson horses, but there are a few, and a few more options if you are looking to half lease. They would be mostly for training level, maybe first level. Have you looked at the NEDA forum classifieds? Sometimes you will see horses for lease there. The USEA Area 1 FB Group is a pretty good resource for lower level dressage too.

        And as the others have pointed out, much depends on what time of day you plan to ride and your tolerance for a commute. When I lived in Brookline, it was an hour and a half to where I boarded in Millis after work vs “only” 45 min home. That was 10 years ago and traffic is much worse now, and peak travel periods are much longer.


          Iron Horse Dressage LLC
          32 Nixon Road
          Framingham, Massachusetts 01701
          Get Directions

          (303) 803-8015


            Welcome to Boston!
            As others have's going to be a haul. And timing on weekdays will make a huge difference.
            I ride at Bradford Equestrian Center in Haverhill, north of Boston, and live in Cambridge. It's a little under an hour by car at low-traffic hours, twice that if you hit the commute. I finally figured out that for me, it makes sense to take the MBTA commuter rail, but that won't work for too many barns!
            Bradford is a great low-key barn with instruction by a well-respected dressage judge, and they have a couple of horses used for lessons. Depending on the level you're interested in, might be worth a look.
            Never give up. Never give in. Never, never, never.


              Originally posted by mjhco View Post
              Iron Horse Dressage LLC
              32 Nixon Road
              Framingham, Massachusetts 01701
              Get Directions

              (303) 803-8015
              It’s going to be spectacular, but it won’t open until spring and I haven’t heard anything about lesson horses.


                If you don't mind driving a bit...Divinity Dressage in Western MA - Monson, to be precise. Lots of pictures on her page here:

                Exactly 1 hour, on the dot, from the SmartPak store in Natick, if that helps. Trainer: Suzanne Markham (gone through Grand Prix; significant eventing background, too). She is incredible...has a true gift for motivation/pushing you/instilling nothing but positivity. Explains her thoughts like none other. Her barn is state of the art. Newly-built with a stunning indoor, many luscious paddocks, and amenities to die for. I can PM you some photos, if you'd like.

                Here's a video of Suzanne's demonstration at the Equine Affaire -- mind you, she practiced a total of 3 times before the event -- it is a testament to her horsemanship that in turn builds great trust and confidence in her partners.

                She has superb schoolmaster lesson horses...and is extremely reasonably-priced. I know it will be a bit of a drive, but it's worth it. I know she has several dedicated long-distance commuters.

                Her contact info. is listed on the Divinity Dressage FB page!


                  Originally posted by bip View Post

                  It’s going to be spectacular, but it won’t open until spring and I haven’t heard anything about lesson horses.
                  Call them. Their trainers have several horses boarded for the time being nearby. Do not know if they have lesson horses. But call and find out.


                    I'm not up on who has lease/lesson horses, but some metro-west options:

                    Bear Spot in Acton
                    Lythrum Farm in Acton
                    Larkspur Farm in Littleton
                    There Be Dragons in Littleton


                      Longmeadow Farm, in Scituate Mass. My friend Rita Brown is also a "R" judge . Not sure re: lease.... ask her. She is in Wellington right now.


                        There is Winthrop Farm in Rowley that has lessons horses depending on what you are looking for.