Westchester Children on Horseback: Chicory Meadow Farm and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

These two spots in Cortlandt Manor and Pleasantville offer standard lessons as well as those for children with special needs


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Chicory Meadow Farm 
Cortlandt Manor, (914) 737-7814; chicorymeadowfarm.com
You don’t have to go to the Wild, Wild West to learn to ride a horse. Chicory offers children’s lessons that will teach your child to walk, trot, and, eventually, jump horses. Its Young Equestrian Program teaches students from 6 to 11 years old everything from grooming and tacking to riding. 
 

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
Pleasantville (845) 669-8235; pegasustr.org
Pegasus, headquartered in Brewster, New York, provides programs for children with special needs, as well as at-risk individuals including disadvantaged youth and survivors of abuse and human trafficking. Its therapeutic horse-riding program can benefit those with special needs in a variety of ways—improving mobility, balance, posture, coordination, language development, and behavioral control and concentration. Pegasus also offers kids with special needs the chance to participate in non-riding activities, including equine learning and barn education program, as part of its Horses & Me program. 

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