Saddle into Spring

horseback riding on Long Island

Seven places to go horseback riding on Long Island image: wallace garrison

All week long you ride subways, trains, and cars to get where you need to go as fast as you possibly can. Imagine how relaxing it would be to get away from all the machinery and chaos of the work week where the mode of transportation is a horse’s back and there’s no need to be in such a rush. In our April issue, we introduced you to three Long Island equestrians who get to connect with the mystical creatures everyday and admit it you were jealous. You can briefly experience the joy of horses by taking a trail ride. Getting in touch with your western cowboy optional.

Jamaica Bay Riding Academy, Brooklyn

Choose between a wooded or beach view ride along New York’s coastline. Instructional guides are available seven days a week to show you the nature Brooklyn has to offer. Rates start at $47 per person for ages 16 years and up. Go.

Nassau Equestrian Center, Brookville

Walk or trot along miles of scenic bridle paths in either an English or Western saddle. Nassau Equestrian Center is the perfect place to wear that cowboy bolo tie you totally thought you’d wear but never did. Rates start at $55 per person for ages 12 and up. Go.

The New York Equestrian Center, West Hempstead

Ride along nine miles of beautiful trails in Hempstead Lake State Park with the New York Equestrian Center. All trail rides include an escort by a trained guide who will help you spot turtles and bunnies as your enjoy the peacefulness of the park. Riders must be at least 13 years old or approved to ride by center staff. Go.

Sweet Hills Riding Center, Melville

Take an hour long guided trail ride over some of the 900 wooded acres filled with scenic bridle trails. Riders must be 8-years-old or older and no reservations are required. Go.

Skye Acres Equestrian Center, Patchogue

No experience? No problem! Skye Acres Equestrian Center gives you instructional training in the ring first so you’ll be prepared to hit the trails English style. Go.

Angels Horseback Riding Academy, Ridge

With the ability to ride in an arena, a beach, or on the trails, Angels Horseback Riding Academy will give you a break from your everyday commute. Desperately needed! Go.

Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk

Ride the coastline trails along Block Island Sound and experience the breathtaking scenery from atop your trusty steed. After the ride, get a taste of history out on the East End with a visit to the nearby Montauk Lighthouse. Go.

Be aware that not all places accept credit. Happy trails!