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Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

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8585 Buck Hill Rd, Westernville, NY 13486-1919
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Brenda M wrote a review Sep 2020
Alder Creek, New York1 contribution
Miss Mary and majestic horses /happiness/ joy for making a great decision on how to enjoy your day !!!!! Superb views - babbling brooks - birds of song Of the Adirondacks. An absolutely refreshing experience !
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Date of experience: September 2020
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757Christy wrote a review Aug 2020
Norfolk, Virginia8 contributions1 helpful vote
Just had a great ride in the hills with my 13 year old daughter. The guide showed her lots of techniques on how to work with her horse and gave her opportunities to jog and canter. We need to make it a regular part of our trips to beautiful upstate NY.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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lillious wrote a review Oct 2019
New Hartford, New York2,632 contributions234 helpful votes
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Like so many I rode as a child and young adult and then time wasn't available. I had lessons for years and loved everything about horses. I had an opportunity to take Mary's 2 day course this past week and can't find enough great things to say about it! She knows horses better than anyone I have ever met. She takes the time to explain everything you need to know about horses, their needs, their personalities, and how to do anything you need to feel comfortable around them. I had the most enjoyable and magical two days with Mary and Pozo. She told me she could teach anyone to ride and she is not kidding! Of course I was nervous to get back on a horse after so many years but Mary took me step by step and I regained my confidence quickly. Whether you have never ridden, used to ride, or just want time on her wonderful horses I urge you to contact her. Her gentle and loving nature is infectious. I loved every minute of my days with her and her horses. We really super lucky with our weather. Was chilly on day one which the horses loved and warm and sunny on day two. With the colors of the leaves changing while we rode in her woods I felt like I was on a magical journey with my personal horse whisperer by my side.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Peter N wrote a review Sep 2017
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Dear Reader, My wife and I visited this magical place in the foothills of The Adirondacks. She was returning to visit the four and two legged friends she'd made on on a previous visit bringing me her complete beginner husband. We spent four days here and every moment was filled with joyous learning energy. Horses are wondrous teachers and you will lean how to lead, how to manage your fear, how to whoop with joy as you urge your horse through tree lined trails. You will go down deep gullies and climb back up to go down again. You will cross rivers. You will feel like you are living a dream and you will be. I rode a quarter horse named Dancer and I miss her. She rewarded my efforts every day and each day I felt stronger and looser. We'd ride for over 5 hours every day rain or shine and we'd rush back the next morning to start again. If you dream of riding like a cowgirl or cowboy this is the place to start. I will be forever grateful to Mary and Scottie for their wisdom, patience and laughter. We will be returning here and we will be counting the days.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Kimef20 wrote a review Jul 2017
Austin, Texas5 contributions1 helpful vote
While watching PBS one evening, a show came on called “Equitrekking” on which a woman traveled the globe riding horses through amazing terrain and interacting with beautiful horses. I thought that would be incredible and the perfect trip to take with my sister since had loved horses as a child. In fact, she had spent her childhood in the barn and as a member of 4H competing in horse shows. The only snag was that I am the younger sister who spent her childhood at the pool, not the barn, and who didn't know anything about horses. To me, horses have always been beautiful and mysterious (and big, unpredictable and intimidating). My only experiences with horses were an occasional tourist trail ride, and the only time I had galloped was not my choice but that of the horse I was riding who decided to make a bee-line for the barn with me holding on for dear life. On my quest to find an expedited way to overcome my fear of horses (I am nearing 60), I stumbled across Adventure Horseback Riding in NYS on the Internet. Mary’s emails were enthusiastic and she was so confident that after only 4 days I would love horses and ride confidently that I booked our trip for the that spring. We arrived at Mary’s barn on the first morning in our cowboy boots (mine borrowed from my sister) eager but anxious and not really knowing what to expect. After traveling all of the way from Texas, we arrived at Mary’s barn the first morning armed with a bag of carrots and apples as a blind-date would arrive with flowers to impress or as foreigners bringing an offering to appease a hostile chief. We spent the first morning in a meet-and-greet session with Mary and the horses. Mary explained herd instincts, pack hierarchy, the unique characteristics of the little Darlings' histories and personalities, and the key tenets of natural horsemanship. Her approach was so different from how my sister was taught to train and interact with horses when she was young. She was impressed. With guidance, Mary had us approach, halter and lead the horses in from the pasture, groom and saddle them, and exercise them on a lead. And, in an amazingly short few hours, I found myself really enjoying my time with them. I had forgotten my fear and discovered that I was game to do whatever was asked of me. Walk across logs. Sure. Teeter-totter on a platform. Sure. Little did I realize that this was all part of Mary’s calculated plan She really knows horses (and people). She taught us how to be gentle but firm and how to work with them to make them pay attention to us and do whatever we ask of them. That way, we as horse and rider alike, has the security of knowing who is in charge BEFORE there is a rider climbing aboard. I still marvel that from the first time I climbed into the saddle, I was comfortable and that my horse and I were a team. I felt protective and protected at the same time. Of course, Pozo “had me at hello.” Sweet and sure-footed, cooperative (without being a push-over), and with plenty of get-up-and-go when asked — I could not have asked for a better horse on which to learn. I had a chance to ride Dakota and Misty too and, with each new experience, I was more convinced that my new skills would be transferrable to other horses I would ride later on. I had fully expected to spend my vacation plodding around a ring learning “how to ride" while my sister was off riding — galloping, jumping, and generally frolicking in the woods. I was so wrong! We were able to spend all of our time together enjoying being outdoors in a beautiful New York State park having fun with the horses — clamoring up and down embankments, splashing through creeks, loping up wooded trails, and even having them walk up and down stairs at a ruined building down the road. It was so much fun! I have a long way to go before becoming the graceful and accomplished rider that my sister is… but I will keep practicing and in the meantime we will have some wonderful adventures riding together thanks to Mary and Adventures Horseback Riding NYS. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we were already Equitrekking! Go, learn, play, hang out with some wonderful new friends, and have a blast! Oh,… and be sure to give Pozo an apple and a kiss for me.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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