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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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

Each ride will be roughly 30 minutes longer than the riding time to account for Instructions, Mount Up & Dismount.
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 to hold their ride. Prices are inclusive of a 20% deposit. All deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable to another ride if you reschedule prior to 24 hours before your appointment. See our FAQs for details.
We do not ride in the stormy weather or slippery footing conditions. The safety of our horses is paramount.
Weather related deposits are only refunded if the ride is canceled by our staff.

Additional specialty fees apply to private trail rides, solo riders (riders who cannot join a group) and same day bookings.

Most trail rides consist of 4-6 riders at one time. Private rides are available for an additional fee.
We can host up to 13 novice riders on one ride. Please understand that very large parties may need to be kept at a walk only and may need to be split into multiple groups based on the number of horses available for the ride.

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

Rider Skillset Chart


TRAIL EXPERIENCE LESSON
Ride Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 2 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails

Riding Speed: Walk Only
Walking

For the safety of all and sanity of our horses, riders ages 8 and 9 are only allowed on our other trail rides if they have taken lessons at our stables and received an invitation from their instructors.
More information on our FAQ page.

The Trail Experience Lesson is completely designed to ensure that young riders, or nervous adult riders, are set up for success on trail.

The ride includes an instructor led lesson in the arena maneuvering around obstacles, playing games and practicing skillsets that will be needed on the trail. From there the rider will head out on a short trail ride.

These lessons are completely designed to be flexible so that instructors can give riders the best and most memorable experience.

The proportion of the ride spent in the arena or on trail can be altered according to the demonstrated riding abilities, direction following skills, emotional capacity and enthusiasm of each rider. If riders are looking in control, enthusiastic to go faster, and capable of maneuvering their horse they may spend more time on trail and even have controlled trotting opportunities!

 

  $85.00 per person

SCENIC TRAIL RIDE
Ride Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 2 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails

Riding Speed: Walk Only


Skillsets: Water Crossing
Water Crossings

 

Our scenic trail ride is a one hour trail ride that is kept at a slow speed and avoids the larger hill climbs and terrain based obstacles.

The route is specifically designed for riders looking for a beautiful but peaceful experience. The scenery is varied but mostly wooded with wonderful views of a spring-fed pond in woods.

The ride takes you past our pastures into the woods and meanders down to the Tug Hollow Creek. The route is kept to winding trails through the woods in order to avoid the open fields where horses tend to have more free will.

  $65.00 per person

SPIRITED TRAIL RIDE
Ride Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 2.5 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails

Riding Speed: Short oppportunities for faster riding as demonstrated rider skills allow.
Trotting

Skillsets: Water Crossings, Natural Obstacles, Hill Climbs and Descents
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Our spirited trail ride is perfect for riders of all levels.

The Spirited Trail Ride is safe for the first time adventurous rider, but also provides enough intrigue to keep even the most accomplished rider interested.

An expanded version of our Scenic Trail Route, the Spirited Route includes more obstacles, hill climbs and descents and short opportunities to go faster. 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 riders to go faster if they are proving to the guide that they are capable.

The scenery is varied but mostly wooded with multiple creek crossings and wonderful views of our spring-fed pond, and woods.

  $75.00 per person

ADVENTURE TRAIL RIDE
Ride Time: 1.5 Hours
Distance: 3.5 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails

Riding Speed: Short oppportunities for faster riding as demonstrated rider skills allow
Trotting

Skillsets: Water Crossings, Natural Obstacles, Hill Climbs and Descents
Water CrossingObstaclesHills

 

The Adventure Route is perfect those who are looking for a little bit of a longer ride but are not regular riders.

The route spends a decent amount of time in the Tug Hollow Creek bed, exploring the water way and climbing the creek banks and ridges along the shores.

From there it takes you to the edge of the Finger Lakes National Forest and up to an open field with the option of short distances of faster riding as skills are proving capable.

This route is perfect for those who are not regular riders but like a little bit of fun and adventure. It is the perfect length to get a nice long ride without disabling bow-legged soreness at the end!

  $115.00 per person

SADDLE SORE TRAIL RIDE
Ride Time: 2 Hours
Distance: 5 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails & Finger Lakes National Forest

Riding Speed: Short oppportunities for faster riding as demonstrated rider skills allow
Trotting

Skillsets: Water Crossings, Natural Obstacles, Hill Climbs and Descents, Open Fields and Tall Grass
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Closed from March 15 - May 1st due to National Forest trail closures.

Our Saddle Sore Route is an extended version of our Adventure Route taking you further afield on a long ride up the mountain into the Finger Lakes National Forest.

This route is perfect for those who are not regular riders who want a long distance ride with additional opportunities for learning

This is our longest ride available to non-regular riders and does require riders to have a competent level of control of the horse. This means that riders must be able to steer their horses with a certain level of finesse. Because the route takes riders into open fields with tall grass, riders must be able to hold a horse back from other horses and not pass, as well as stop their horse from eating grass.

 

  $160.00 per person

Vineyard Trail Ride Packages
The only horseback mounted vineyard tour in the Finger Lakes!
Ride Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 2 Miles
Location: Fulkerson Winery

Riding Speed: Walk Only
Walking Only

Skillsets: Open Fields and Tall Grass
Tall Grass

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


READ MORE about vineyard trail rides!

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.

2022 Vineyard Dates

  • Thursday, May 5 CANCELLED
  • Thursday, May 19
  • Tuesday, May 31 (After Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Thursday, June 16
  • Thursday, June 23
  • Tuesday, July 5 (After Independence Day Weekend)
  • Tuesday, September 6 (After Labor Day Weekend)
  • Tuesday, September 13
  • Thursday, September 15
  • Thursday, October 6
  • Thursday, October 20


$150.00 per person
Maximum Group Size of 4


Full Moon Trail Rides
Ride Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 2 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails

Riding Speed: Walk Only
Walking Only

Skillsets: Riding in the Dark
Moonlight

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.

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.

2022 Moonlight Trail Ride Dates

Valentines Rides:
February 13 @ 6:00pm
February 14 @ 6:00pm

March 13 @ 6:00pm
July 9 @ 8:45pm
August 8 @ 8:30pm

Unfortunately due to a busy competition and clinic schedule that just happens to line up with the full moons this year, we have VERY LIMITED availability for moonlight riding in 2022. Be sure to book your ride as far ahead as possible to join the rides!


$100.00 per person

HILLTOP BOOGIE MASTERS
Ride Time: 2 Hours
Distance: 7 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails & Finger Lakes National Forest

Riding Speed: Long stretches of trot and canter.
Cantering

Skillsets: Water Crossings, Natural Obstacles, Hill Climbs and Descents, Open Fields and Tall Grass, Riding along Roadway
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Closed from March 15 - May 1st due to National Forest trail closures.

The Hilltop Boogie route is our flagship route for masterful and trained riders who already have experience cantering for long stretches.

The trails on this ride cater towards riders that can ride at speed and contain many long straightaways through tall-grass fields that are perfect for cantering across.

The scenery on this route starts a bit boring as we ride down the roadways to the National Forest. Once in the forest system the trails go through the woods and the field systems of the National Forest to a view of Seneca Lake. The ride is predominantly in the sun.

 

$175.00 per person

SEMI-PRIVATE RIDE INCLUDED IN PRICE

Due to the fast paced nature of this route, we keep the Masters Rides small and never combine parties to groups larger than 4 riders (unless all riders are members of the same party).

HALF-DAY MASTERS RIDE
Ride Time: 3 Hours
Distance: 12 miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails & Finger Lakes National Forest

Riding Speed: Long stretches of trot and canter.
Cantering

Skillsets: Water Crossings, Natural Obstacles, Hill Climbs and Descents, Open Fields and Tall Grass, Riding along Roadway
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Closed from March 15 - May 1st due to National Forest trail closures.


This 3 hour route is intended for riders that are fit and comfortable in the saddle for long periods of time.

The Half-Day Masters Ride is an expanded version of our Hilltop Boogie taking you up to the top of the mountain and down the other side.

The trails on this ride cater towards riders that can ride at speed and contain many long straightaways through tall-grass fields that are perfect for cantering across.

The scenery on this route starts a bit boring as we ride down the roadways to the National Forest. Once in the forest system the trails go through the woods and the field systems of the National Forest to a view of Seneca Lake. From there we cross over to local woods and farmlands for a second lake view before returning home. The ride is predominantly in the sun.

 

 


$260.00 per person

SEMI-PRIVATE RIDE INCLUDED IN PRICE

Due to the fast paced nature of this route, we keep the Masters Rides small and never combine parties to groups larger than 4 riders (unless all riders are members of the same party).

Equitrekking is a journey on horseback.

EquiTreks are all-day and overnight riding opportunities that offer a special experience for groups of riders to truly enjoy the Finger Lakes. Each day we will explore parts of the Finger Lakes National Forest, dine on campfire food and camp overnight with the horses.

We furnish horses, tack, food, beverages, and all camping supplies. While we do have sleeping bags available, we recommend that you bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.

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.

Each Equitrek requires a 2 rider minimum.
If a smaller group would like to ride, we can combine groups to reach the minimum requirement when possible.

EquiTreks only Available Memorial Day until Columbus Day.

NOVICE OVERNIGHT EQUITREK
Ride Time: 3 Hours
Distance: 10 Miles
Location: Tug Hollow Private Trails & Finger Lakes National Forest

Riding Speed: Short oppportunities for faster riding as demonstrated rider skills allow
Trotting

Skillsets: Water Crossings, Natural Obstacles, Hill Climbs and Descents, Open Fields and Tall Grass, Camping
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Camping

Ride horses two days back to back and camp in our camping picnic area as 40 horses munch on hay in the fields surrounding camp!

This is an amazing opportunity for riders of all levels to really dive into the riding experience and camp overnight with the horses.

DAY 1:

Saddle Sore Trail Ride
Horse Grooming and Tack Care Lesson
Campfire Supper: Kabobs & S'Mores
Camping in our Picnic Area Enclosure

DAY 2:

Campfire Breakfast: Eggs and Hash
Tack Up Lesson
Scenic or Spirited Trail Ride

 

$250.00 per person

MASTERS ALL-DAY EQUITREK
Ride Time: 5-6 Hours
Distance: 15 miles
Location: Finger Lakes National Forest

MASTERS OVERNIGHT and MULTI-DAY EQUITREK
Ride Time: 5-7 Hours per Day
Distance: 10-20 miles per Day
Location: Finger Lakes National Forest

Riding Speed: Long stretches of trot and canter.
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Skillsets: Water Crossings, Natural Obstacles, Hill Climbs and Descents, Open Fields and Tall Grass, Riding along Roadway, Riding through Cattle Pastures, Camping
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CattleCamping

An immersive, rugged and intense horse experience, our full-day and multi-day Masters EquiTreks take you on a long distance journey from one end of the Finger Lakes National Forest to the other.

Each day we will ride 10 to 20 miles meandering through single track trails, trotting through the woods, cantering along 1900s roadway trails, and galloping across rolling pastures.

Camping will be in the Finger Lakes National Forest at the Backbone Horse Campground or rough camping in our private fields Elkins Road pastures.

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 pay the same price as other riders and carry liability insurance for their horse and riding (we can recommend programs for $50 or less). We will provide hay and pack water. Owner must provide grain


MASTERS DAYTRIP or OVERNIGHT PUBLIC RIDES:
6+ Riders: $250 per person per day

4-5 Riders: $300 per person per day

2-3 Riders: $350 per person per day


MASTERS PRIVATE ALL-DAY or OVERNIGHT RIDES:
6+ Riders: $300 per person per day

4-5 Riders: $350 per person per day

2-3 Riders: $400 per person per day


Ask us about joining a pre-existing trip for a lesser rate.

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.

*Not available for Specialty Adult Trail Rides.

 

Additional fee of
$50.00 per hour
for entire group

One Person Solo Trail Ride Fee
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. If we book the ride as a solo rider and another rider joins, we would refund the solo rider fee.

  Additional fee of $15.00 per hour

Walk-Up and Same Day Trail Riders
Same day bookings and walk-up riders are charged at a higher hourly rate. 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.
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.
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

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

Cornell Vet Student Discount
Students at the Cornell University Veterinary School recieve 10% off of Trail Rides and limited types of clinics and lessons.
This discount ONLY applies to veterinary students and not Cornell students at large and does not apply to the entire group - only to the specific vet student.

  10% off
Unfortunatelywe can no longer offer large group discounts because of
the financial strain of extra staffing required for large groups .

 

Request a Trail 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 or your ride may leave without you.

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 10 years of age or older for our normal trail rides and 8 years or older for our Trail Experience Lesson.

Riders under 12 years old must have an adult accompany them on the ride (on their own horse).

No double riding allowed.

Scheduling
For 2022, there is a maximum of 13 riders per ride for 1 hour 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
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