Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

Adventure Horse Riding in NYS
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Beyond the Basics and Way Beyond !!! We have an incredible and unbelievable RIDING PROGRAM, 2 hour adult lessons or trail rides that you will probably not find anywhere else. It doesn’t matter if you are a raw beginner, need to regain the confidence you have lost, have had just a few nose to tail trail rides, are having horse withdrawal, have nervousness or fear, or just want to get down and dirty and really ride then this is the place for you.. What we will give you here in only a few hours is a horse riding experience for learning to ride and/or rebuilding your riding confidence that is truly exhilarating and fun !. This program is about horse riding - plain, pure and simple Beyond the Basics and Way Beyond !
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757Christy
Norfolk, VA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
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.
Written August 26, 2020
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lillious
New Hartford, NY2,666 contributions
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Oct 2019
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.
Written October 3, 2019
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Kimef20
Austin, TX9 contributions
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May 2017 • Friends
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.
Written July 29, 2017
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Paul C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
Before this trip, the few riding experience I had were on trail horses or horses at equestrian centers whom I seemed to have little control of. After attending Mary's "riding university", I learned to work the horses to earn their trust in return get them to follow my directions. Mary is a great teacher and she gave me a lot of confidence. Now I know if the horse is ready to go for a ride or I have to work on it more. I can confidently take a horse out by myself. Ride up and down steep slopes, tread through creeks, trot and canter at will. It is a very satisfying experience.
Written August 17, 2016
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quietcore903
Middletown, NJ10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
I have been 4 times and each time I learn so much. Mary’s place is beautiful. The minute I pull up to the property and walk down to the barn I am in heaven. The horses are all individuals and wonderful. There are miles and miles of beautiful trails, both lovely and challenging.

I think it is the individual attention that makes this vacation so unique. Mary meets you where you are and then delivers an awesome unforgettable 4 days.
I cannot recommend this place enough to anyone who wants to enjoy horses, learn something and have a blast!
Written February 27, 2016
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Tracey B
Lindenhurst, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
I am 54 years old and always wanted to know how to ride a horse. Not walk in circles on a horse. Not walk along a trail behind other horses. I wanted the full experience of saddling and RIDING a horse. Mary Dixon, of Adventure Horse Riding in NYS, made my dream come true. In four short days I went from a total novice to a rider who could hold her own with the best of them! By day four I was retrieving my horse from the pasture, feeding, grooming, tacking and riding! And by riding, I mean trotting, cantering, climbing and descending steep terrain and crossing rivers. Mary taught me how to gain the trust of a horse and to take a leadership position which makes the whole experience safe, satisfying and fun, fun, fun! Thank you, Mary, for your sharing your expertise in natural horsemanship with me!
Written September 8, 2015
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Thank you for the super review, Tracey - and I still can't believe you turned into a little speed demon !
Written September 13, 2015
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quietcore903
Middletown, NJ10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I am not much of a communicator but I had to write about my days with Mary and her darlings.

The first time I visited I had no idea what to expect but the moment I drove onto the property and then walked down to the barn I knew I was in the right place. After four days of doing everything with the horses, getting to know them as individuals, and getting to know what I was capable of, I did not want to leave.

Mary teaches you how a horse lives in the world and that makes all the difference in how you interact with them. I was a lifetime novice rider, having ridden other peoples horses on and off. Finally at age 65, I was learning how to be with horses and became confident in my ability to become a horse woman.

I returned in June for another four days. Wow!. So much to learn and so much fun. I am still on cloud 9.

I have attached pictures of a few of my new friends. I cannot recommend this place enough to anyone who wants to learn about horses and about themselves.
Written August 5, 2015
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Hi Heidi, can't wait til I see you this October - and thanks again for the super review - your time is ever so much appreciated. Mary
Written September 15, 2015
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C D
Buffalo, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
TEN STARS!!! This is not just another nose to tail riding stable. This is AN ADVENTURE in how to get an animal 20 times as strong as you to do what YOU want it to do and do so willingly. In a matter of hours Mary teaches the secrets described in the book "The Horse Whisperer" and those are the secrets that can turn anyone into a competent horse rider. You'll get one-on-one coaching from Mary herself and you won't get on a horse until both you and the horse are ready. You'll start "on the ground" working with the horses and soon you'll find yourself comfortably enjoying trail rides in some of the prettiest forest and fields east of the Rockies. Spend several days here and come home a competent horse rider.
Note that Booneville is NOT in New York City as listed by 'Trip Advisor'. Booneville is in the beautiful foothills of the world famous Adirondack Mountains and only minutes from the ranch is a fantastic 180 degree view of New York State's Mohawk valley, home of the Erie Canal. Boonville has an excellent museum on the Black River Canal that fed the Erie Canal. Its well worth seeing.
Fly into Albany or Syracuse, rent a small car and you're just over an hour from the best horse riding in the East. After your visit drive into the Adirondacks where there's lots to see and do.
I'm no stranger to horses or horse riding stables and have rode in New York state, the Rockies, Canada and in Switzerland. Adventure Horse Riding in NYS was my favorite because I came away confident in my horse handling ability. I highly recommend you visit if you want to learn how to get along with and enjoy horses and Mary has beautiful, friendly horses.

Chuck D. July 2015
Written July 31, 2015
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Tex - you are one heck of a rider and photographer - Thanks for the review. Mary
Written September 15, 2015
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Brenda M
Alder Creek, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
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 !
Written September 9, 2020
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Peter N
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
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.
Written September 7, 2017
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