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Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

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 Ghent Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

Destiny's Ride, equestrian activities, Ghent, NY, therapeutic equestrian experience for children and adults with special needs, Things To Do, horse care, proper horse handling, horseback riding, Riding lessons for both adults and children | Columbia Destiny's Ride Equestrian Center

518-822-0562 
  Destiny's Ride, offering a therapeutic equestrian experience, is located at 406 Old Post Road, Stop 24, Ghent, NY 12075 in Columbia County.

From Destiny's Ride: "Destiny's Ride provides a unique and enjoyable therapeutic equestrian experience for children and adults with special needs. Riders ages five and up are accepted into the Destiny's Ride program. Participants will engage in all activities associated with horseback riding, including grooming, and care of horses. All lessons are tailored to benefit the riders' individual needs. Lessons are provided by a Licensed Massachusetts Instructor and a Registered Therapeutic Instructor through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International). Destiny's Ride Equestrian Center | Columbia  website and more . . .
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 Kinderhook Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

12106, horseback riding lessons, Kinderhook, NY, family run horse and pony boarding facility, safe, horse friendly environment for both horse and rider | Columbia Kinder Farm

518-567-8979 
  Kinder Farm, offering horseback riding lessons, and horse and pony boarding, is located at 15 Pin Oak Drive, Kinderhook, NY 12106 in Columbia County.

From Kinder Farm: "Kinder Farm is a family run horse and pony boarding facility. Numerous hours were spent in the layout and design of the facility to assure a safe, horse friendly environment for both horse and rider.

"Kinder Farm has a unique layout. Each 12'x12' stall has an independent sacrifice pasture attached, to encourage movement and improve joint health. Horses are turned out individually or in pairs during the day or evening, and return to have their own separate area in which to eat and relax. We believe horses should "graze" continuously, so when grass is not available, we feed hay every 4 hours. Grain is provided twice daily and there are 2 water options in each stall. Kinder Farm | Columbia  website and more . . .
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 North Chatham Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding

12132, boarding and training equestrian facility, North Chatham, NY, training in Dressage and Eventing, schooling shows, USEA Recognized Horse Trials, Hunt Country, Old Chatham Pony Club, Equestrian facilities, Dressage and Eventing, Horses for sale | Columbia Larkin' Hill

518-441-2176 
  Larkin' Hill Farm is a boarding and training equestrian facility located at 515 County Route 32, North Chatham, NY 12132 in Columbia County and Rensselaer counties.

From Larkin' Hill: "We offer training in Dressage and Eventing for riders with their own horses. We also host several schooling shows and clinics during the year, as well as two USEA Recognized Horse Trials. Situated at the northern edge of the Old Chatham Hunt Country, we also support the activities of the Old Chatham Pony Club with lessons and use of the facility for its members. Larkin' Hill | Columbia  website and more . . .

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Equestrian Facilities | Horseback Riding | Putnam Putnam County
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"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" Sir Winston Churchill.

Verified (2015) up-to-date list of the best places for horseback riding and equestrian centers in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Benefits of Horseback Riding / Owning a Horse
Horse ownership can be rewarding, exciting, and lot of fun. The many health benefits of horseback riding include being outdoors year-round and the physical activity spent in cleaning stalls, grooming, feeding, and all the other barn chores required in taking care of your horse. Riding a horse also helps in building a strong core and legs; but there are also emotional benefits of horseback riding such as developing a sense of inner peace and confidence.

Therapeutic Riding, aka Equine Assisted Therapy is used successfully in the field of special Needs to build confidence, and a sense of belonging to both children and adults. As Winston Churchill said: "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding
  • Keeps you physically active: Riding and other activities that require you to be outdoors in all kinds of weather will certainly keep you moving. Cleaning stalls, grooming, feeding, raking hay, pushing wheelbarrows all of these barn chores actively burn calories and build muscle.

  • Owning a horse builds self-confidence: When it comes to building confidence, horse ownership is invaluable. You are in a partnership, where you are expected to be the leader.
    Owning a horse builds self-awareness. On a daily basis, you will be faced with training challenges. It will force you to think creatively about how to train the horse and how to solve a particular problem. If something worked in the last lesson, but its not working now, what else can you try? How else can you solve this issue? All of this active participation in learning how to ride, how to train and what to do when a challenge emerges will help in a professional setting. Its all about self-awareness.

  • Riding reduces stress: Studies have shown that the bonding that occurs between owners and their pets can reduce high blood pressure. Since horses also require grooming and daily maintenance, spending time with the horse can lead to a reduction in stress levels. The meditative qualities of daily, but low stress, upkeep of horses such as grooming and washing provide therapeutic benefits that aid in the decrease of stress levels.

  • Keeps you socially active: Taking riding lessons helps you meet many friends with similar interests. Most horse people will attest to meeting their best, life-long friends at the barn. These peers will have the same passion and devotion to horses.

  • Engages the creative side of your brain: Training a horse brings up daily challenges that will force you to think creatively about how to train it and how to solve a particular problem. If something worked in the last lesson, but its not working now, how else can you solve this issue? Being faced with such situations helps you engage your creativity to solve problems and find what works best.

  • Care for a horse builds character: Character building is a natural part of horse ownership, teaching responsibility, punctuality, sportsmanship, frugality, patience, commitment, confidence and self-esteem.

  • Riding promotes a union with nature: Being outside and enjoying the fresh air can do wonders for your mental and physical health.

  • Riding maintains bone mass: All of the weight-bearing exercise that you do, including hauling barn equipment and carrying saddles, helps maintain bone mass, which important as you age.

  • Improves digestion: Riding a horse at a walking pace stimulates the internal organs just as walking on foot does. This aids in liver function and digestion.

  • Riding and caring for horses help disabled individuals: When supervised by certified instructors, riders with disabilities may have the chance to safely perform physical activities with the horse as a tool. Early research is showing that riding a horse may provide physical benefits for people with disabilities. At the same time, interacting with horses may provide mental benefits, as well.
Source: The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding by Health Fitness Revolution



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