Squaw Hill, the highest point at Montauk County Park, offers...

Squaw Hill, the highest point at Montauk County Park, offers a panoramic view of Oyster Pond and Block Island Sound as horseback riders from nearby Deep Hollow Ranch make their way to the beach.  Credit: John Paraskevas

Horseback riding lessons and trail rides are offered throughout Long Island, with equestrian centers that cater to all ages, including dedicated programs for those with special needs. 


BETHPAGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER (499 Winding Rd., Old Bethpage): Trail rides and lessons. Features: 3 lighted rings, indoor ring, trail rides through Bethpage State Park, boarding, horse leasing and sales, summer camp, pony rides, parties. Private, semiprivate and group lessons. More info: 516-845-1000

CEDAR VALLEY FARM (Route 25A, Old Brookville): Features: Show-quality horses. Leases available. Available to travel for lessons. More info: 516-318-3235

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP RANCH (369 Split Rock Rd., Syosset): Features: 10 horses, boarding and horse leasing. Fee: Lessons: $45 per half-hour, $75 per full hour (private); $35 half-hour, $55 an hour (group); $850 boarding per month. More info: 516-922-6040, christianfellowshiphouse.com

GOLD COAST EQUESTRIAN CENTER (62 Hegemans Lane, Old Brookville): Features: 65 stalls on 19 acres. Offering private beginner through advanced riding lessons, pony kids program. Indoor and lighted arena, outdoor arena (lighted), summer and school holiday camp programs. More info: 516-801-2152, goldcoastequestrian.com

JUMPER’S CREEK FARM (33 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Harbor): Features: Full-service hunter-jumper riding and show facility for riders of all ages and abilities, indoor/outdoor ring. Miles of trails and cross-country field. More info: 631-487-2269

NASSAU EQUESTRIAN CENTER (62 Rte. 106, Jericho): Features: 42 acres next to Muttontown Preserve, multiple rings, stadium lighting, indoor lighted ring, 10 school horses, boarding accommodations available. Private, semiprivate and group lessons available from beginner to advanced. Summer camp program. Group, organizations, scouts and camps welcome, birthday parties and pony rides. More info: 516-342-1771, nassauequestriancenter.com

NORTH SHORE EQUESTRIAN CENTER (LIU Post campus, Northern Boulevard, Brookville): Features: 35 lesson horses, over 50 paddocks, indoor arena, two lighted outdoor rings plus three others, heated viewing area. Boarding and summer camp programs available. Fee: Private lessons $150 an hour, $85 half-hour; minimum age 6. More info: 516-626-9714, northshoreequestriancenter.com


CHESTNUT BAY EQUESTRIAN (1500 Peconic Ave., North Babylon): Features: 50 horses, 128 x 200 foot outdoor show ring; 12,000-square-foot indoor arena with new footings; three stadium-lighted rings; 30 paddocks; heated viewing area; lounge with fireplace; camps, group discounts; leasing, boarding; sales; access to 14-mile state park bridle path (no public roads); summer camp riding program. Fee: Private lessons $80 an hour, $65 half-hour. More info: 934-345-0532, chestnutbayequestrian.com

COUNTRY FARMS EQUESTRIAN CENTER (200 Bellport Ave., Medford): Features: 14 acres, full-service equestrian facility, riding lessons and polo lessons all year. Children’s summer camp July-Aug. More info: 631-345-9585, country-farms.com

DDR FARM (412 Sweet Hollow Rd., Melville): Features: Farm within the 1,000-acre West Hills County Park offers hourlong trail rides for ages 8 and up by appointment, private and group lessons, boarding and summer/school break camp. More info: 631-616-9656, ddrfarm.com 

DEEP HOLLOW RANCH (Montauk County Park, Montauk Highway, Montauk): Features: 50 horses, training, trail and pony rides only, trail rides on beach and through 4,000 acres in Montauk County Park. Reservations recommended. More info: 631-668-2744, deephollowranch.org

DIAMOND HEDGE (95 Washington Ave., Holtsville): Features: Beginner-advanced lessons, boarding. More info: 631-948-0090

EAST END STABLES (Oakview Highway, East Hampton): Features: 45 horses, indoor arena, boarding, summer camp. Fee: Private lessons: $115 an hour, $85 half-hour; $100 an hour for 2 people; group $85 semiprivate; minimum age: 3. More info: 631-324-9578 or 631-276-7836, eastenstables.com

GOOD SHEPHERD FARM (German Boulevard, Yaphank): Features: 8 horses, cross-country course, boarding, summer programs, horse shows, lessons. Interscholastic Equestrian Association teams. Fee: Private lessons: $100 an hour, $60 half-hour; group rate $50 an hour; minimum age 5. More info: 631-924-4670, goodshepherdfarm.org

GREAT STRIDES LONG ISLAND (41 Coram Swezeytown Rd., Middle Island): Features: Private and semiprivate lessons. Weeklong summer programs and other specialty group programs, birthday parties. Veterans’ program. Certified therapeutic riding instructors. Heated indoor arena, three outdoor rings. More info: 631-786-9708, greatstridesli.org

HIDDEN POND STABLES (197 North St., Manorville): Features: 35-acre complete equine facility, 25 paddocks, two lighted arenas, two hunt courses, a cross-country course, ½-mile exercise track, four indoor wash stalls with hot water; two round pens and summer pony camp for children, pony rides, lessons for beginners to expert, Girl Scout and Boy Scouts welcome, birthday parties. Middle school and high school IEA team. More info: 631-433-6513, hiddenpondstableli.com

ISLAND HILLS STABLE (26 Rocky Point Rd., Middle Island): Features: Lessons; boarding; pony camp; birthday parties; horse safety and horse care classes for new riders; indoor and outdoor facilities; U.S. Equestrian Federation-rated horse show series in the spring; indoor arena and three outdoor, lighted riding rings; grandstand area; lounge. Fee: Private: $60 for 30 mins., $85 for 60 mins., semiprivate: $65 for 45 mins., group lessons: $45 for 45 mins.,$325 for a package of six private lessons for 30 mins., classes available 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily, rain or shine. More info: 631-924-4046, islandhillsstable.com

ISLIP HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION MOUNTED DRILL TEAM THE SPIRIT OF LONG ISLAND (East Islip): Features: Coed riding group performs precision riding to patriotic music. All ages welcome, must have own mount. Membership fee includes uniform. All riding disciplines. Performs at parades, fairs, competitions, demonstrations at schools, charity events, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks. Show schedule 2022: English Series Dates: June 19, July 31, Rain date: Sept. 18 Gymkhana Series Dates: May 22, July 10, Rain date: July 17; Jackpot Dates: July 16, Oct. 8; Western Series Dates: June 126, July 24, Aug. 28, Rain date: Sept. 11. More info: 631-445-4754, isliphorsemensassociation.com

KNOLL FARM RIDING SCHOOL (849 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood): Features: Easy access along LIRR routes. 17 acres, 18 school horses, 50 boarder accommodations, full board services, training lesson package, heated tack rooms, heated lounge, 20,000-square-foot indoor arena, three outdoor rings, two jumping rings, one flat ring, open fields. More info: 631-435-1880, knollfarm.com

LLOYD HARBOR EQUESTRIAN CENTER (33 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, Lloyd Harbor): Features: Indoor arenas, cross country, miles of trails. More info: 631-427-6105

MINIERI’S PARKVIEW RIDING CENTER (989 Connetquot Ave., Central Islip): Features: 25 horses, indoor arena, lighted ring, summer camp, pony rides, trail rides. Fee: Private lessons: $85 an hour; $65 half-hour; semiprivate (3 people): $65 an hour; group (4 or more): $55 an hour; minimum age 5; $60 trail rides, minimum age 8. More info: 631-581-9477, parkviewridingcenter.com

OLDE TOWNE EQUESTRIAN CENTER (471 Boyle Rd., Selden): Features: 35 horses, lighted ring, summer camp, grass hunt course, two sand rings. Fee: Private lessons: $85 an hour, $70 half-hour; semiprivate: $70; group: $60; minimum age 2. More info: 631-513-0261, oldetowneequestriancenter.net

PAL-O-MINE EQUESTRIAN (829 Old Nichols Road, Islandia): Features: Adaptive, recreational and competitive horseback riding programs; comprehensive adaptive equine learning programs; Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Natural Horsemanship for individuals with disabilities and able-bodied students. More info: 631-348-1389, pal-o-mine.org

SAGAMORE HILL STABLES (929 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport): Features: 25 acres; 40 horses, one indoor and three outdoor rings; lessons for all levels by appointment Tue.-Sat., school horses are all former show horses and compete at local shows as well as the Hampton Classic. Fee: $75 half-hour private lesson, $700 for 10 lessons. More info: 631-549-9178, sagamorehillstables.com

STONY HILL STABLES (268 Town Lane, Amagansett): Features: Stable for horseback riding and horse boarding, includes training and private lessons, summer camp. More info: 631-267-3203, stonyhillstables.com

THOMAS SCHOOL OF HORSEMANSHIP (250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville): Features: Summer day camp (ages 3-15) combines complete horsemanship program with traditional day camp program, American Red Cross swimming, team sports (includes gymnastics and archery), arts (performing arts), Boy and Girl Scout badge trips, birthday parties, class trips; 23 acres, indoor arena, 9 rings (four lighted), outside course, two pools, lessons, half leases, boarding, equine studies. Fee: Birthday parties: $450 up to 14 children; $35 each additional child, with a maximum of 18; camp and ride school. More info: 631-692-6840, tshcamp.com

WINDWOOD FARMS (188 Bellport Ave., Medford): Features: Horse boarding, indoor arena, two lighted rings, hunt course. Private lessons for beginners to advanced; minimum age 4. More info: 631-398-4873