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  • Lessons outside of NYC?

    My husband is the VP @ a company in Manhattan, and is trying to convince me to "spend more time" in the area as he is there every week. I would like to find a barn outside of the city where I can ride Weds-Fri doing 3'0 - 3'3"+ lessons on various horses.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? I would considering up to 2 hours outside of NYC for the right barn.

    Thanks!
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    You can check this thread - I made a list for someone else of barns within about an hour of NYC and near public transportation.

    A little further away and if you have a car, you'll probably love Old Salem. And if you don't there are many, many other stables in that area.

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    • #3
      There are lots of barns on LI that are easily accessible by public transportation, and would more than likely meet your needs. Here are a few I can think of:

      Nassau Equestrian Center: http://nassauequestriancenter.com/
      MPR Farms: http://easternequineexchange.com/FarmPkge.html
      Knoll Farm: http://www.knollfarm.com/
      Islandia Farms: http://www.islandia-farms.com/

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      • #4
        At least IME on Long Island, you will be hard pressed to find a barn with multiple lesson horses available for 3'3"+. Most lesson programs have horses up to 2'6" - 2'9" and some go a little higher (but certainly not every day). You might luck out and find a place with multiple 3'3"+ horses, but I would definitely ask about that when you call to inquire.

        If you can ride on consistent days and don't need to jump every day you ride, you may want to look into half leasing a horse...


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        • #5
          Contact Hamptons Equestrian Center in East Hampton. They have a website. They have the type of horses you are requesting and I know so because they came from our barn in Florida. They have a nice set up and very good trainers. They have a new trainer adding to the group in two weeks that does the A shows and does a great job teaching. Good luck with your search.

          PS they also have horses for half lease too

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Phaxxton View Post
            At least IME on Long Island, you will be hard pressed to find a barn with multiple lesson horses available for 3'3"+. Most lesson programs have horses up to 2'6" - 2'9" and some go a little higher (but certainly not every day). You might luck out and find a place with multiple 3'3"+ horses, but I would definitely ask about that when you call to inquire.

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            Rice Farms and North Shore Equestrian Center, both in Brookville and both near public transportation do have horses that meet this requirement.

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            • #7
              To drive or Jitney to East Hampton (or anywhere else on the East End) from NYC this time of year will take more than two hours (trust me, I lived there). What about Twin Lakes Farm in Bronxville? They are a short ride via Metro North. Not sure what schoolies they have in the 3'-3'3" range but it is worth a try.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by theoldgreymare View Post
                To drive or Jitney to East Hampton (or anywhere else on the East End) from NYC this time of year will take more than two hours (trust me, I lived there). What about Twin Lakes Farm in Bronxville? They are a short ride via Metro North. Not sure what schoolies they have in the 3'-3'3" range but it is worth a try.
                Unless you plan to lease, they do not have schoolies at that level. IME, the adult classes are "all-level" classes and don't go above two feet.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Phaxxton View Post
                  At least IME on Long Island, you will be hard pressed to find a barn with multiple lesson horses available for 3'3"+.
                  I agree with Phaxxton about the school horse sitiation on LI. And driving to the Hamptons at this time of year, the traffic is insane.

                  I would suggest the Westchester area instead.

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                  • #10
                    Are you living in the city? There are plenty of farms but you will need your own transportation.....We are in Orange County NY and there are several farms with some nice lesson horses or maybe find a lease that would be more under your control..
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by S A McKee View Post
                      Rice Farms and North Shore Equestrian Center, both in Brookville and both near public transportation do have horses that meet this requirement.
                      Has Gerry dramatically improved the lesson program @ NSEC? There was nothing you'd *want* to jump 3'3" on in the school barn there for the 16 or so years I was around.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NorthFaceFarm View Post
                        Has Gerry dramatically improved the lesson program @ NSEC? There was nothing you'd *want* to jump 3'3" on in the school barn there for the 16 or so years I was around.
                        They own and their clients show farm owned AA Hunters, C/A jumpers and big Eq horses .

                        Seeing that Gerry isn't one of the trainers that was an odd remark.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by S A McKee View Post
                          They own and their clients show farm owned AA Hunters, C/A jumpers and big Eq horses .

                          Seeing that Gerry isn't one of the trainers that was an odd remark.
                          I know what they own and show, but that's not what is in the lesson program. Or at least, never used to be. They always had great school horses, but for much lower levels.

                          Gerry (Chasin) owns the place.

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                          • #14
                            Ramapo Equestrian in Suffern, NY (Rockland County NE of the George Washington Bridge) has horses at that level, but, again, you may have to do a partial lease to get one.

                            PS: And remember that they don't call the Long Island Expressway the Long Island Parking Lot for nothing — and if it's a summer weekend, it's usually faster on the train. If you can ride weekdays, you'll avoid a lot of traffic.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by InWhyCee Redux View Post
                              PS: And remember that they don't call the Long Island Expressway the Long Island Parking Lot for nothing — and if it's a summer weekend, it's usually faster on the train. If you can ride weekdays, you'll avoid a lot of traffic.
                              Too true. It took me nearly three hours to get out to Brookhaven/ Riverhead last week. Reverse commute, well past rush hour, mid-morning, mid week. Should have been an easy drive. Random lane closures, police activity, etc. Not even a Mets game to blame!

                              LI can be lovely but it's not worth the drive. Take the train if at all possible.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by S A McKee View Post
                                Rice Farms and North Shore Equestrian Center, both in Brookville and both near public transportation do have horses that meet this requirement.
                                NSEC did not have any school horses (let alone multiple school horses) that could safely do that when I inquired about lessons last for someone last year... Perhaps things have changed, as that's not my current barn. IME, though, they never had multiple 3'+ horses on the school line. Nice school horses? Absolutely. But not multiple (or even a couple) school horses for the 3'3"+ level.

                                I'm sure there are plenty of horses capable of that available for lease -- but I doubt any of those horses have owners who want them doing 3'+ three days in a row by the lessee, as the OP seems to want to do.

                                As I said, I think the OP should ask specifically about the school horse capability and availability for that height if she is planning on riding school horses and riding multiple days per week. Most school programs do not have lesson horses above that height for a lot of reasons - most riders at that level aren't riding schoolies and the maintenance/wear and tear issues.


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                                • #17
                                  You should call Fox Ridge farm in newtown CT. its a good hour and a half from NYC but the woman who owns it has nice horses that jump big- most likely not 3 days in a row... but still...

                                  another option you may want to look into is BUYING that 3'6" horse and sticking it at a barn you can trust and finding someone to flat the horse on your off days.

                                  Or try

                                  Ox Ridge Hunt Club

                                  Old Salem Farm

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                                  • #18
                                    Try Top of the Line in Pearl River New York. Just on the Jersey border. You would definitely need a car. About 45 minutes outside the city....
                                    If you want to travel further you could try Old Field Farm in Goshen...
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                                    • #19
                                      If your husband is VP of a company, and REAAAALLY wants to encourage you to spend more time near Manhattan... why doesn't he buy you a nice 3'6" jumper so you can lesson wherever the heck you want and not have to worry about school horse availability?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Cita View Post
                                        If your husband is VP of a company, and REAAAALLY wants to encourage you to spend more time near Manhattan... why doesn't he buy you a nice 3'6" jumper so you can lesson wherever the heck you want and not have to worry about school horse availability?
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