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post #11 of 15 Old 08-09-2014, 09:51 AM
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I also grew up on Long Island.
My sister lived in the area of that stable SlideStop refers to.
It recently was bought {around 2007}, cleaned up and fancied up and a name change to "The New York Equestrian Center, LTD.". It was known for as long as I can remember being Lakewood Stables. It borders Hempstead Lake State Park.
It was a hack barn... the horses would walk down Eagle Ave {Exit 18 off Southern State Pkwy} to the park for a trail ride.
There were some boarders there, some lesson horses. I drove past it often and never saw turnouts or paddocks {grass or dirt} but they could of been behind the barn. I did see the hack line often walking down the paved street to the park and those going round and round in a ring during a lesson.
By the ad the place has had some sprucing up, a indoor arena added.
Lessons by some very well known local trainers and some of those trainers are known nationally too. Some of them came from Claremont Riding Academy which closed...

I looked at the "boarders rates" page and at their pricing...Whew!! Expensive!
Cheapest package and lowest rate to board... $999.00 a month...basic as basic can be. Bothers me that a "class facility" only feeds 2x a day...no mention of any extra hay given. Stall cleaned once a day, stall a 10x12, no turnout at all included at that price. Their "add-on" menu is extensive and I know it is the way it is but to nickle and dime for everything .....how they make their money and stay in business.

So...the lessons rate here is more reasonable...do check out the website, it is all listed and a drop down of their "trainers/instructors" is there too.
The prices here for lessons are more what most places charge with good instruction on nice lesson horses...

Personally, if you have a car? Yes?
I would either go north of the city or east on the island or even to New Jersey. There are many wonderful facilities to board at, take excellent lessons at a short drive away.

It is very expensive a hobby on Long Island and the areas surrounding it to board a horse and take lessons. Elsewhere in the country the prices would be half what you will be paying...

Go slow...go look at and investigate before committing to any barn and any lesson program. Purchase 1 or 2 lessons and see if you like the horses, the instructors, the barn and the atmosphere before committing to a "package" or "block" of lessons.
If you go to the wrong place you will hate it and have wasted your money...

Taking lessons is the way to begin getting your feet wet again in horse activities.
Not all barns though allow "outside" help as a barter for riding privileges because of insurance regulations.
You also need to remember that horse care is 24/7 not only on the day you take a lesson...so the need for "hands-on" workers who are there every day no matter what is necessary.
And any barn you think to ride at should have riders insurance and the barn if boarded at should have boarders insurance too.

Some things to think about and consider...

Here are a few you might not know are around...
Kensington Stables
Jamaica Bay Riding Stables

This is a updated guide {6/2014} of the facilities available around the area...
Where to Go Horseback Riding in the NYC Area (NY Metro Parents Magazine)

And another guide....
http://www.longislandequestriannetwork.com/LessonsandTraining.aspx

My apologies, not all the links posted correctly. You may have to copy & paste them into the address bar.

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ya i hear you guys,I AM focused now on lessons.no boarding or leasing yet.i will lease a horse after i get a little more experience.
danicelia24: Great DEAL.it is very true the more experience you are in ANY field,you will know where you could cut corners.

tinyliny: step by step is what i am going for.THAT is why i came here.no rush.

horselovinguy: thank you for all the info.lessons seems to be affordable at The New York Equestrian Center.yes i drive.but rather take public transportation.i think i will try out the bronx and longisland .taking couple of lessons to compare IS a good idea.i think that is what i am going to do.your explanation about insurance cleared a lot of things for me.if i am an owner i wouldn't offer work for lessons kinda deal.they are two different things...

i would love to train in Dressage.i think this is the start to any sport done on a horse back.i WILL get to the level on this vid...one day soon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3wmWT-sb8
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horselovinguy: thank you for all the info.lessons seems to be affordable at The New York Equestrian Center.yes i drive.but rather take public transportation.i think i will try out the bronx and longisland .taking couple of lessons to compare IS a good idea.i think that is what i am going to do.your explanation about insurance cleared a lot of things for me.if i am an owner i wouldn't offer work for lessons kinda deal.they are two different things...

i would love to train in Dressage.i think this is the start to any sport done on a horse back.i WILL get to the level on this vid...one day soon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3wmWT-sb8

Wow...New York Equestrian Center is within walking distance of the LIRR...however, the Hempstead line only runs M-F...not weekends I believe..

Raul de Leon is a dressage trainer. He is now affiliated with this barn.
I know he rode, showed and trained others at some very prestigious barns with some of the best in the horse industry. He also brought some of his students to the highest rider accomplishment levels representing the best of the best in junior riders competitions...
He has earned recognition that only a handful of those "elite" names have...Master Instructor by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA). I have never ridden with Raul but have watched some lessons being taught...when you can learn from the ground as a by-stander, you have a gift to teach and share.
Raul trains students in dressage and equitation along with jumping.
Multi-faceted... he can also get astride and give you an example of anything he is instructing on...

Maybe this is a place to start that search...

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If you are looking elsewhere than where you mentioned in your OP, look into Twin Lakes in Westchester County.

Twin Lakes Farm, Where Westchester Learns To Ride!

To get there, it is Metro North plus a cab ride, and there are many people from NYC that ride there that car pool. I've learned this from other boards.

They have a good lesson program, and their rates are on the link I provided. I can't tell you about working off lessons because that is usually worked out individually between you and the barn owner and is a privilege earned.
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nice tip horselovingguy.i will diffently ask of i could take a lesson or two with him.
updownrider..NICE!kinda far but good to know.what other boards if you care to share? car pooling is a good idea.
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